Waterloo Historical Society

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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.

 

What’s New?

Online Index

Waterloo Historical Society is excited to announce that we are finalizing a contract with a professional indexer to complete an online-only index of names and subjects from all the annual volumes! The WHS volumes are considered to be one of the best sources of Waterloo County / Region history, and an online index will increase their use and value by 100 fold. Each year, after a new volume is published, the index will be updated.  We are applying for two grants to help pay for the estimated cost of $50,000 and we anticipate that the grants and previous bequests will pay for about 2/3 of the cost. Members and readers are invited to make a donation to the Project. Please use the donation form, and don’t forget to indicate if you would like your name to be on the Acknowledgement page of the index. Thank you for your support!

Digitized annual volumes from 1913-1940

Annual volume table of contents

April 2016 Newsletter

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

 

Upcoming Events

  • July 9, 2016 1:30 PMHistory Under the Trees
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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.

 

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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