Thorning’s long-awaited guide about Elora launches in Might

ELORA – The Mannequin Village: A Historical past of Elora, the guide late historian Stephen Thorning began to jot down within the Nineteen Seventies, is now obtainable to pre-order. 

An official guide launch will occur on Might 8 – Thorning’s birthday. 

After his dying in 2015, Thorning’s household discovered the manuscript in his workplace – two binders filled with manually typed pages with tons of of endnotes exploring particulars of the village’s historical past courting again to the late 18th century. The completed guide is over 600 pages with tons of of illustrations. 

Elora historian Elysia DeLaurentis, the guide’s editor, mentioned the method of turning Thorning’s unfinished manuscript right into a accomplished illustrated guide was “lengthy and concerned” but in addition “rewarding,” with an finish consequence she calls “spectacular.”

“Steve was such an excellent historian, such an excellent author,” she mentioned.

“The truth that that is revealed after his dying will likely be particular for everybody locally who learn his columns and loved them.” 


Thorning wrote a number of historical past columns in native newspapers, together with the Elora Sentinel, the Fergus Thistle, the Fergus Information Specific, and the Wellington Advertiser.

DeLaurentis “stuffed in gaps” within the manuscript utilizing content material Thorning wrote later in life in his columns, grasp’s thesis, PhD dissertation, and analysis notes, making an attempt “to maintain it his work as a lot as potential.

“Any additions mirror his voice, his analysis,” she famous. “I feel he would have been happy to see it.” 

The guide was Thorning’s first “foray into native historical past,” DeLaurentis mentioned, and he collected an “excellent amount of data from archives all around the province.”

The guide’s writer is the Wellington County Historic Society. Volunteers from the society began the method by transcribing the manuscript right into a digital format. 

The Mannequin Village is “not your common native historical past,” DeLaurentis mentioned. 

The guide tells a story of “development and struggles of the neighborhood to develop and succeed and thrive,” together with “personalities of village leaders” and native trade leaders along with “exterior financial impacts.” 

“It’s nearly introduced as a case research, inside the context of the province and past,” she famous.

The guide prices $65 and is out there for pre-order by Elora’s Magic Pebble bookstore at