We are very excited to announce that our project to get copies of Wilfrid Lynch’s “Birth of a Village” back in print has succeeded. Copies of the book will should be available this July 1st weekend at the Bridgewater Cafe and the Chamber of Commerce office on Front Street, and at the Water Lily on Bridge Street. There will also be copies available at Hastings Historical Society tables at the Village Market on Saturday mornings and at events throughout the summer, like the Canada Day Parade and the Waterfront Festival.
With the new books we have tried very hard to emulate the originals. From maintaining the plactic comb binding right down to keeping the same content on each page, so that page 57 in the new copies contain the same text or images as the older ones. The only new material added to the book is the acknowledgement and thanks to Wilfrid and his heirs, for permission to re-issue this history of Hastings, and to add contact information for the Historical Society to the back cover.
The books will be available for $20.00. There were only 150 of them printed but we have the electronic files, so it will be a lot less work to reprint copies in the future. In the acknowledgement that Wilfrid wrote in “Birth of a Village” he says “I have spent many hours, which were a source of pleasure to me, in presenting this abridged history of our village, and it is my fervent wish that the reader will derive some pleasure and knowledge of the illustrious days of Hastings past.”
This reprint will help ensure that Wilfrid’s book goes on into the future and continues to provide “…pleasure and knowledge of the illustrious days of Hastings past” for years to come.
Speaking of Days of Hastings Past…
…the 2014 calendars are here. They include great shots of the canal, the downtown, local buildings including the original Church of England, built 150 years ago this June, the railway station and sports teams from the 20’s and 30’s.
This years calendars include statutory holidays and reminders of our meeting dates.
The calendars will be on sale at the same locations as “Birth of a Village.” Look for the posters below.