Preserving and Promoting local history for the former Rideau Township
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The RTHS Dickinson House Project

The 2016 season opener for Dickinson House was a “royal” success!  A tea was held on Saturday, 21 May with HM Queen Victoria (played admirably be Sheila Dubyk).  A good time was had by all.  As the guests arrived, they were presented to HM The Queen by Acting Royal Chamberlain William Tupper, who also played a magnificent part.  After the excitement of the Royal Visit was over, the regular season of visits started.  This year we have received vacancies for 4 students under the Federal program Canada Summer Jobs.  Three vacancies have been filled so far.  The fourth will likely be filled by a High School student at the end of June.  We have two vacancies under Young Canada Works.  These will also be filled at the end of June.  Many thanks to our regular volunteers who have returned for another summer, your help is very much appreciated.  We participated in Doors Open Ottawa again this year.  Over 900 visitors went through the house over the two days.  Dickinson House is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from now to October 30. Do drop in for a visit, particularly to see our new Trades and Professions Exhibit.  

Click here to see the activities that are planned for the Dickinson House and Watson's Mill this summer.  Click here for the Dickinson House web site.

Dave Bartlett's book on heritage buildings in North Gower and the area is available online. Click here to visit the site.

Click here for more on RTHS history and interests.

Click here for links to popular sites such as other archives, historical societies, museums, and source of genealogical information.

Happening Now - What's New?

Quick link to last newsletter: click here to view last newsletter
Quick link to the May presentation  click here  for the write up.
Quick link to the Dickinson House Website

Page reviewed or updated May 8, 2016
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Mailing Address

Rideau Township Historical Society
Box 56, North Gower
Ontario, K0A 2T0

Email: Secretary RTHS

Contact Officers

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The Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support, advice, and assistance of the City of Ottawa for our endeavours.

Rideau Branch, Ottawa Archives, North Gower

Why Not Join the RTHS?

Attend the meetings and enjoy the presentations, meet other people interested in local history, find fascinating projects to volunteer for, get assistance and advice with genealogical and historical research, and learn more about local history.

Meetings are held monthly (except for July and August) at various locations in the former Rideau Township including Manotick, Kars, North Gower, and Carsonby. We also do excursions to historical points of interest.

Yearly membership costs are $10 for a single & $15 for a family.

To join contact the Membership Director.

The June Excursion