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BOOKS

NOTE: Wordsworth Books in Waterloo carry all Paul Langan books in print.  You can contact the Author regarding obtaining copies if local. Books available also at: Amazon Worldwide, Kobo, Google Play

Remembering Glen Christie

Remembering Glen Christie - Available May 6th, 2021, All Net Profits go to Haven House - A shelter for women and kids fleeing domestic violence.

FEATURING  

Christieville to Glen Christie history - 1922 - 1984
Memories from the former Glen Christie residents - 1999
Memories from the former children of Glen Christie - 2021
Numerous photos and aerial map of Glen Christie

Glen Christie was located north of Hespeler where the Highway 24 bends south of Kosseth Rd. With contributions by historian Marjorie Clark


Tragedy in Galt

Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd 1956 CP Rail Crash
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Released (01/27/2021)
 
Ronald Westworth Interview - Brakeman
William Hopkins Interview - Fireman
Ken Shillington Memories - Brakeman
George Nutkins Interview - Engineer
The Accident and Inquest Recommendations
Len Mills Interview - Fireman at the crash scene
Eyewitness Reports from The Evening Reporter
New Photos
Here is link to great YOUTUBE video of the crash.
 
 
Forgotten Monorails of Canada

 
 Forgotten Monorails of Canada  - Released (01/15/2021)
 
The definitive history of monorails built and proposed in Canada. Fascinating national history on monorails in Canada. Over 200 references. 132 pages, 55 images, 6"v9". b/w . 

COMING SOON!
 
Tales of Opera - Waterloo County

Tales of Opera - Waterloo County/Region 1885-2020,  due August 2021.

FEATURING 
Berlin, Scott's, Preston Opera Houses 
Twin City Operatic Society 1948 
Mabel Krug - Community Activist and Opera Supporter 
Preston Operatic Society 
Gilbert & Sullivan Society 
Opera Singers from the Area 
Wilfred Laurier University Opera 
Kitchener-Waterloo Opera Guild 
Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest Operettas 
Raffi Armenian - Centre Opera Studio 
Opera Ontario - K-W Opera - KWS Symphony 
Kitchener Opera 
Vera Causa Opera and much much more! 
Guest writers - Leslie De’Ath and Dr. Ted Rhodes


Hespeler History Winfield Brewster

Hespeler History - The Authorized Winfield Brewster Collection - Due out  October 2021

FEATURING  

The Authorized Winfield Brewster Hespeler History Collection - Rare photos, new photos, vintage ads, map, and the three Winfield Brewster small books from the 1950s combined into one book. 

The Brewster books compiled are: Jacob Hespeler New Hope, C.W (1951), Hespeler Yarns (1953) and La rue de commerce - The Street of Business Queen Street, Hespeler Ontario (1954) Winfield Brewster wrote these publications in the 1950s but they deal with Bergeytown, New Hope and early Hespeler, 

Most of the book covers the period of  approximately 1830-1915, There are also two historical sections relating to the indigenous people who lived in this area also.

Paul Langan's Out of Print Publications - 1999-2021



Murder at the Big Pointe Hunt Club - OUT OF PRINT


 


 
 1. Tragedy in Galt - The May 2nd, 1956, CPR Rail Crash Paperback – January 24, 2021
 ISBN-10 : 0968586775, ISBN-13 : 978-0968586778

2. Hespeler's Hidden Secret: the Coombe Orphanage, 1905-1947
ISBN-10 - 0968586724 (ISBN13: 9780968586723) pub. 2000 31 pages

3. The Miracle in Preston: The Story of the Preston Springs Hotel
ISBN-10 0968586732 (ISBN13: 9780968586730) pub 2000 26 pages

4. Remembering Glen Christie 27 pages pub 2001
ISBN-10 0968586740 (ISBN13: 9780968586747)

5.Forgotten Stories of the Railway pub 2002, 26 pages
ISBN - 0-9685867-5-9




Alternatives Denied - The $100,000,000 Highway 7 Fiasco
(2000 Compilation)

The provincial government announced recently they would move forward with the plan to build a new Highway #7 between Kitchener and Guelph.  A group of concerned citizens put together a book in 2000 about the fiasco. The project was stopped for two decades.

It is free to read and download this piece of historical community activism.  Here is the LINK to view or FREE download.

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