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Preserving and Promoting local history for the former Rideau Township
Log Fence
Mark Jodoin presenting on steamboats in Smiths FallsHartwells Locks, Rideau Canal, OttawaRTHS Lunch at Kellys Landing

Year 2020

Speaker(s)

Subject

Jan Members of the Society The RTHS AGM and Annual Bring and Brag
Feb George Laidlaw “The Joys of Canadian History”
Mar

Michael Whittaker

North Grenville Archeological Society

Apr RTHS Publications Committee

North Gower Book Launch

May Mags Gaulden Grandma’s Genes (DNA)
Jun Dorothy Gray Excursion to Smiths Falls
    Summer Break
Sep    
Oct    
Nov    
Dec    

Year 2018

Speaker(s)

Subject

Jan

Members of the Society

The Annual RTHS Bring & Brag

Feb

Irene Staron

A.Y. Jackson – His Manotick Years, 1955-1963  

Mar

Dr. Dennis Osmond, Gary Bagley and Rod Brazier

Three short presentation: Sappers and Miners who worked on the Rideau Canal at Newboro.  United Empire Loyalists.  Railways in Muskoka

Apr

Valerie Knowles

Ottawa Valley Builders

May

Three RTHS members

Craig Family, Tommy Watterson, William Cowan

Jun

June excursion

Visit to Pinhey's Point and other nearby attractions

 

Summer Break

Sep

ClaireSmith

Claire’s story takes us through her therapeutic recovery process from a fall from her horse while jump racing.

Oct

Rick Henderson

Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wrigh

Nov

Dave Bullock, Stuart Clarkson, Owen Cooke, Susan McKellar, Georgie Tupper, Ruth Wright and Rod Brazie

Book Launch - Rideau Remembers: North Gower & Marlborough Townships’ Sacrifice in the Great War 1914 – 1918.

Dec

The RTHS Christmas party

Year 2017

Speaker

Subject

Jan

Members of the Society

AGM and the annual Bring & Brag

Feb

Meredith Quaile

.The Role of Women in Agriculture  

Mar

Hannah Blaine

Research on Joseph Currier,

Apr

Ruth Stewart-Verger and her mother Donna Stewart,

The Famous Five and the recognition of women as “persons”

May

Tony Glen 

Development of the War Museum Exhibit on Vimy Ridge   

Jun

June Excursion

Excursion to the Wilno Heritage Village to explore our Polish roots.

    Summer Break

Sep

The Heritage Forum

The 2017 City of Ottawa heritage forum was hosted by the City Archives and the RTHS

Oct

Terry Currie

The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley

Nov

Robert Fowler

Courage in Battle and the Canadian Experience in Afghanistan

Dec

Christmas Party

Held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick

Year 2016

Speaker

Subject

Jan

Members of the Society

AGM and the annual Bring & Brag

Feb

Christian Joyce

Continuing Research on the Dickinsons and Sir John A. Macdonald.

Mar

Hugh Halliday

Duelling in Canada

Apr

Scott Cameron

The Picts, a Lost Civilization

May

Maureen McTeer

The past & future of 24 Sussex Drive

Jun

The June Excursion

The Bell House Museum and the Diefenbunker

    Summer Break

Sep

The September Excursion

Tour of Parliament Hill

Oct

Stuart Clarkson

“Rideau Township in the News”

Nov

Georgie Tupper, Serge Barbe

“Street Names in Old and New Ottawa”

Dec

Christmas Party

Year 2015 Speaker

Subject

Jan Members of the Society The Annual Bring and Brag
Feb Alison Cheng Sir John A. MacDonald and the Manotick Connection
Mar Gordon Moat Spinning Wheels and More
Apr Charlotte Gray The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and a Trial that Shocked a Country
May Jordan Smith, The Wilbur Mine,
Jun The June Excursion Field trip to Kingston, Ont. on Saturday, 20 June. The focus of the day will be on Sir John A. Macdonald.
  Summer Break
Sep Anne Raina Life in a Tuberculosis Sanitarium
Oct Hagit Hadaya Residences of Canada's Prine Ministers prior to 24 Sussex
Nov Bill & Georgie Tupper Book: The Dickinson Men of Manotick
Dec Christmas Party  
Year 2014 Speaker Subject
Jan Coral Lindsay The History of Chocolate
Feb Joy Forbes Tales of the One-Room School House
Mar Coral Lindsay, Gail Brooks Saint Patrick's Day Celebration & Irish Heritage Month
Apr John McKenty The CCM Bicycle Company
May Dennis Osmond, Brandon Kasssis, Susan McKellar, Colin Wright R. Tait McKenzie, the Last Voyage of the Karluk, Write Your Own Life History, and Historic North Gower Businesses
June 2014 excursion Excursion to Lanark County Regional Museum, other local sites
    Summer Break
Sep Maureen McPhee The Women of Dickinson House1870 - 1930
Oct Brian Hull The Curriers of Manotick
Nov Jonathan Moore, Parks Canada Finding the HMS Erebus under the Arctic ice
Dec The Christmas party A catered buffet, a play, and a sing along

Meetings and Events

This page provides access to information on previous monthly meetings in the form of a summary of the presentation, and relevant pictures for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. 2014 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 .2020

See the table below for information on presentations we have had at meetings since January 2007.

  Franklin Expedition, graves and ships door 

About Meetings

Meetings are held on third Wednesday evening (7:30 pm) of the month from October to May. There is a short business discussion followed by a presentation on local or other history, then refreshments

 The June and September meetings often consist of an excursion to a local historic site. December is a pot-luck supper.

Notices of future meetings are posted on this website, placed in local papers and in the public libraries and other locations in Manotick and North Gower, and are mailed to all RTHS members.

All interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings, other events, and excursions.

The meetings are held in a number of locations around the former Township in order to even out the driving necessary for RTHS members and their guests to attend.

Venues are announced in the newsletter. Addresses and directions are in the Meeting Sites page of this site.

Click a month below to see a summary of the presentation and some pictures.

Year 2010 Speaker Subject
Jan RTHS Members Annual Bring & Brag
Feb Maritta Saharinen 100 Years of Women's Institutes in Carleton District
Mar Barbara Humphreys, Winston Spratt The Clapp House, the Undiscovered Gem of Dickinson Square
Apr Mark Jodoin How I Spent My Summer Vacation
May Excursion A visit to Beechwood Cemetery, Beechwood Ave., Ottawa
June Glenn Brooks, Brian Earl, Ron Wilson The Mill Quarter Board, Model Railroading, Steamtown U.S.A.
    Summer Break
Sep Teresa Charland Harry F. McLean
Oct Ken Swayze, Coral Lindsay The Book Launch, Kars on the Rideau
Nov Owen Cooke  Canadians Flying in North Russia, 1918
Dec Christmas Dinner To be held at the Manderly Golf Club
Year 2009 Speaker Subject
Jan Cam Trueman. Greg Newton Watson's Mill Guided Student Walk, Manotick 150th Anniversary
Feb RTHS Members The Annual Bring and Brag Session
Mar Serge Barbe, City of Ottawa Archives Communities and Archives
Apr Coral Lindsay Nine World Famous Children of the 1930’s Great Depression Era
May Jane Anderson & Ron Wilson Republishing "Manotick, Then and Now" by Dora Stamp
June The June Excursion 2009 Excursion to "Vintage Wings of Canada", Gatineau Airport, Quebec
    Summer Break
Sep Glenn Wright The Creation of the RCMP, Ottawa and the Search for a Home.
Oct Katherine Killins What They Wore (at Manotick Saturday Night)
Nov Dr. Andrew Iarocci 1st Canadian Division, World War I.
Dec Christmas Pot Luck Dinner Cancelled because of major winter storm.
Year 2007 Speaker Subject
Jan Stuart & Marguerite Rogers, RTHS Moundbuilders of Eastern North America
Feb Mark Jodoin, RTHS Roger Stevens: First Settler Within the Boundaries of Modern Ottawa
Mar Colin Churcher, Railroad Historian The Railways of Ottawa
Apr Mark Brus, Parks Canada Rideau 175 - An Update
May Fred Davidson, Algonquin College, Perth Heritage Carpentry & Masonry Program
Jun Lunch at Kelly's Landing The June Excursion
    Summer Break
Sep Dr. Glenn Lockwood, Historian & Author Social History in the Rideau Valley
Oct Gavin Liddy, Superintendent of the Rideau Canal, Parks Canada Rideau 175 - An Update
Nov Coral Lindsay, RTHS Lindsay's Wharf, Kars, Ontario
Dec Organized by Ann Cronin, RTHS The RTHS Christmas Pot Luck
Year 2011 Speaker Subject
Jan Bill Schaubs Our Trip to East Germany 20 Years After Re-Unification 
Feb RTHS Members  The Annual Bring & Brag
Mar Eugene Fytche 400 Years of Log Fences
Apr Coral Lindsay & Brian Earl The Dickinson House
May Susan McKellar, Georgie Tupper The Home Children of Rideau
June The June Excursion .Fulford Place in Brockville and the Lyn Museum, Lyn, Ontario
    Summer Break
Sep Dr. David Shanahan The Surveys of Oxford and Marlborough, 1791
Oct None - Strategic Planning Meeting See November 2011 Newsletter for more information.
Nov Scott Cameron and Owen Cooke The Development of the Tank, and Canadian Armoured Activities in Italy in 1944
Dec Christmas Dinner To be held at the Manderley Golf Club
Year 2012 Speaker Subject
Jan RTHS Members The annual bring and brag
Feb Coral Lindsay, Patricia Grainger, Brian Earl Timothy Eaton and the T. Eaton Company
Mar Stuart Rogers Challenging the Myths Surrounding 1492 
Apr Ellen Adamsons Behind the Scenes, “With Only a Suitcase”
May Robert Henderson The War of 1812 on the Upper St. Lawrence River
June The June Excursion Bus trip to Fort Wellington and other historical sites around Prescott
    Summer Break
Sep Catherine Gallagher “Duty, Family, Service” - The Wallace-Eastman Family
Oct Brad Smith Burritts Rapids, An Historic Village on the Rideau
Nov Robert (Rob) Fleck The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP)  
Dec   Christmas Party
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Year 2013 Speaker Subject
Jan Coral Lindsay The Adventures (or Misadventures) of Robbie Burns
Feb Brian Booth Richard Latham Garlick
Mar Donna Naughton The Natural History of Canadian Mammals
Apr Excursion The Warehouse of the Museum of Science and Technology
May RTHS Members The RTHS Annual Bring & Brag
June Excursion Excursion to the Cumberland Museum & Domaine Perrault Winery
    Summer Break
Sep RTHS Members Six Servings of Yukon
Oct Book Team and Visitors Book Launch for Cheese Factories of Rideau Township 2nd Edition
Nov Members of the Project Local Heroes - Rideau Township Archives Memorial Project
Dec Christmas Party

Year 2019

Speaker(s)

Subject

Jan

Members of the Society The RTHS January Bring and Brag  

Feb

Nyamme (Nye) Samuels Life in Jamaica and Canada  

Mar

Capt. Peter Milsom My Naval Career

Apr

Sean Darcy Algonquins of Ontario Land Claim

May

"Professor” Lindsay Lambert

Professor” Lindsay Lambert’s magic lantern show

Jun

Annual June Excursion Excursion to historic Perth

Sep

Dr. David Shanahan The Disappearing People The Ones Who Were Here Before

Oct

Andrew Narraway, Author & Gail Anglin, Storyteller The Life of Joseph Currier

Nov

D’von Wallace, Eleuthville Media Forgotten Railways of Eastern Ontario

Dec

The Christmas Dinner 2019 St. James Anglican Church, Manotick

Year 2008

Speaker

Subject

Jan

Dr. George Hobson, Arctic Expert Mysteries of the Sir John Franklin Expedition

Feb

Paul Kitchen, Author & Hockey Historian 125 Years of Professional Hockey in Ottawa

Mar

Rachel Brooks, Parks Canada Digging the Rideau

Apr

RTHS Members The Annual Bring and Brag Session

May

Greg Newton, Greg Newton Photography “Photo by Newton”

Jun

RTHS June Excursion Visit to the Cornerstone Ceremony for the New Masonic Lodge at Upper Canada Village

  Summer Break

Sep

Pat Earl, Lucy Martin, Mark Jodoin, and Coral Lindsay, RTHS The "What Did We Do Last Summer?" Meeting  

Oct

Sherry Guild & Amanda Gould, Canadian Conservation Institute Restoration of the Carleton County Map of 1863  

Nov

Coral Lindsay, RTHS Fleets and Forwarders: Steamboat Days on the Rideau Canal,  1830’s – 1930’s

Dec

The December Pot Luck   Organized by Ann Cronin, RTHS