Advance Praise for
The Spirit of Nakanawa:
A Centennial History

Many helped with this extensive three-year project — collecting and reviewing photographs, researching historical information, designing the layout and proofreading. Here is a sampling of comments from some who reviewed final proofs of the book, just before it went to press:

Ann and Pepe Perron  |  Camp Directors since 1981
We are indebted to Margaret for taking 100 years of photographs and a century of information and turning it into a 192-page book that is readable, enlightening and fun. The book showcases the beauty of camp in large color photographs. The history features scores of people who were part of the fabric of camp. It provides the background for special camp traditions, from the Rival Songs to Backwards Pie to why Carson started carving crosses.  Special sections focus on the teams, Bungling Brothers Circus, Tent Row and other beloved parts of camp. We believe this is a book that every ‘Nakanawa girl’ will want to own.

Sally Tubb Welch TR ’76  |  T.I.E.S. Leadership Council Chair
This beautiful work of art is like a warm blanket, evoking so many wonderful camp memories for generations of my family and bringing countless ‘frozen moments’ to life! I know it will be something I return to again and again because I see and learn something new every time I ‘visit’ – just like my summers at Nakanawa.

Sally Miller Krauss TR ’69  |  Great-Granddaughter of Colonel Rice
Margaret has truly accomplished magic in this centennial tribute to camp! Though I grew up with camp as an ingrained part of our family’s history and narrative, I never fully realized all that was required to bring the dream to life. I am so grateful to have my mother, grandmother, and great-grandfather come to life in the pages of this book. They would be so honored to have such an honest and revealing tribute to their years of dedication in creating Nakanawa and its legacy.

Deanie Hart Boteler TR ’44
I was transfixed looking at the proofs of the magnificent book about Nakanawa. I can’t wait for my book to arrive so that I can spend endless hours savoring every page. We deeply appreciate Margaret Matens for being the book’s gifted creator.

Casey Fisher TR ’55  |  longtime counselor
Captured beautifully in carefully chosen words and photographs is Colonel Rice’s vision of what Nakanawa Camps for Girls could be and did become.

Mop Queen TR ’58  |  with over 30 summers at camp
During the Colonel Rice years, campers earned team distinctions for the best scrapbook, and blank ones were sold in the Commissary.  Many of these scrapbooks have been donated to camp for use in the history project.  The photos and memorabilia they contained provided a treasure trove of unique items Margaret used extensively throughout this book.  The old pictures, invitations, horseshoe ribbons and programs really bring camp’s early years to life, and Rick Dreves’ new photos of camp are beyond beautiful!  It was great fun working on the history, and I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished product.  I love it!


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