Using a variety of sources, Paul Kirby explores the lives of fifty people who have had an impact in shaping the history of Hastings County. These are men and women, from diverse backgrounds, some born in Hastings County, some born elsewhere. The reader will find the stories of philanthropists, painters, musicians, volunteers, settlers and scientists. They all have interesting stories to tell. Paul Kirby gives credit to Quinte Women of Distinction for many of the biographies found within the covers of this book. The author’s royalties from sale of the book are being donated to the Canadian Federation of University Women Belleville and District.