History Under the Trees 2014
History Under the Trees 2014
History Under the Trees 2014
History Under the Trees 2014
History Under the Trees 2014

Waterloo Historical Society

Welcome

Upcoming Events

Heritage Wilmot Heritage Day

The Waterloo Historical Society will have our Book Table (lots of books for sale), photos and volunteers who love to chat about local history at Heritage Wilmot Heritage Day.

When: February 22, 2020

Where: New Dundee Community Centre

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM with official program at 1:30 PM

Would I do it again? Researching, Writing and Self-Publishing Mennonite Funeral and Burial Traditions

When: March 31, 2020

Where: Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave., Kitchener

Time: 7:30 Pm doors open at 6:30 PM

Waterloo Historical Society past president Marion Roes’s will tell attendees how the topic of Mennonite funeral and burial traditions – which was going to be a section in her book about undertakers histories – became a separate book.  Roes will relate her experience as a self-publisher, promoter and seller.  A few of the traditions and related occupations described in the book will be included. Marion’s book will be for sale at the meeting.  All are welcome to attend this free meeting.

Lost Boys and Loose Ends: The Story of Four Jacobs

When:  May 26, 2020

Where: Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave., Kitchener

Time: 7:30 PM doors open at 6:30 PM

This is the story of restoring two lost boys to the archival and historical record, exploring the parallel lives of their German immigrant fathers and the very different outcomes for two families in 19th-century Rochester, N.Y., Toronto, and Berlin, Ontario. Our speaker, Jane Britton is a Waterloo Historical Society councilor for Waterloo and a retired archivist who spent most of her working career in Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library. The 2019 annual volume No. 107 will be distributed free to current members.  All are welcome to attend this free meeting

Mission/Goals

The Waterloo Historical Society fosters the recognition of our region’s unique heritage and diligently encourages its preservation.

The Waterloo Historical Society documents the history of Waterloo Region, including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, along with the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

Are you writing/researching local history?

Are you writing, or would you like to write, about Waterloo Region history: buildings, people, places, etc.? Contact the editor at whs@whs.ca to find out about having it published in our volume.

Are you researching buildings, people, places in Waterloo Region? Find them in WHS volumes.  All volumes from 1913 to present are in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History (GSR) at Kitchener Central Library and several other libraries and archives in Waterloo Region.  Volumes 1913 to 1940 are available electronically and an online index of each volume is also available for ease of searching.

What’s New?

*February Newsletter

*2020 membership form

Waterloo Historical Society
c/o Grace Schmidt Room, 85 Queen Street North
Kitchener ON  N2H 2H1    
whs@whs.ca

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About

Mission/Goals

The Waterloo Historical Society fosters the recognition of our region’s unique heritage and diligently encourages heritage preservation.

The Waterloo Historical Society documents the history of Waterloo Region, including the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, along with the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

WHS Pamphlet

History

Active steps toward the establishment of a historical society in Waterloo County (now the Regional Municipality of Waterloo) were taken in 1912. With the encouragement of the Ontario Historical Society, a public meeting was held in November 1912, which resulted in a recommendation that the WHS be organized. The first meeting of the board was held on November 26, 1912.

100 years later

It has been 100 years since that modest beginning. The Society has grown to over 230 members (2009) and has a set of by-laws which govern activities carried out by the board of directors. Current activities include five public meetings each year with invited guest speakers and held in various locations within the region; since 1913, continuous publication of a volume of local history articles; quarterly newsletters; acquisition of documents and photos for WHS archives; and erecting historical plaques.100thLogo

 Affiliations

The WHS is an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society and a founding member of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation. The WHS collaborates regularly with heritage and historical groups in the region.

Charitable status

WHS is a registered charity, under Canada Revenue Agency.

Heraldic Badge

Thanks to the generosity of James Roos Breithaupt, president of the WHS in 1997-1998, the society was granted a revised badge (based on the 1922 design by E. M. Chadwick of Toronto) by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

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