Stratford

Its Heritage and Its Festival

by Carolynn Bart-Riedstra and Lutzen H. Riedstra

photographs by Terry Manzo

foreword by Richard Monette

In this book you will discover the story of Stratford's origins and growth and see the city's past and present in more than 100 contemporary and archival photographs.
Stratford is a small treasure--a lively, gracious city with heritage homes, beautiful parks, fine restaurants and a Shakespearean festival that draws over half a million people to the community annually.
In this book you will discover the story of Stratford's origins and growth and see the city's past and present in more than 100 contemporary and archival photographs. Ranging from the pre-contact period, when the area was settled by Iroquoian First Nations, to the nineteenth century with its legacy of splendid architecture, this is the story of a beautiful, bustling community. The Stratford Festival is illustrated with many images drawn from the festival archives, and an illustrated walking tour highlights many of the city's architectural and heritage treasures.
Stratford: Its History and Its Festival is a richly illustrated showcase of this picturesque Ontario town.

About the Authors

Carolynn Bart-Riedstra

CAROLYNN BART-RIEDSTRA is an archivist at the Stratford-Perth Archives.

Lutzen H. Riedstra

LUTZEN H. RIEDSTRA is an archivist at the Stratford-Perth Archives.

Reviews

"...lavishly-illustrated... very capably outlines the town's history in five chapters... Stratford is a must for festival goers, but is also a useful introduction to the community's fascinating history."
Cynthia R. Comacchio, Canadian Book Review Annual
"A new book called Stratford, Its History and Festival offers an entertaining and informative glimpse into the city's history and its evolution. The final section includes a map of the city with 43 historical destinations. Each one is pictured alongside a brief explanation of its significance. It serves as a user-friendly guide to the city, which will no doubt appeal to tourists and proud local residents alike."
Diane Sewell, Stratford Beacon-Herald

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