Book Sale for WHS Members

On Saturday November 7, 2020, from 10 AM until 2 PM, the Book Table is up-and-running. We’ll be admitting members to the WHS storage room where the books are shelved. We’ll be following this process:

• Only two people at a time will be allowed in to examine books for 15 minutes.
• Mask are required and sanitizing gel will be available.
• Those wishing to attend should indicate their preferred hour and WHS will do its best to accommodate when assigning time segments.
• Cash or check only.
• The members’ discount of 10% will be applied to prices marked in used books.
• Many existing books in the inventory have been down-priced and a number of free copies have been added to the shelves. Several new donations have been received during 2020 and those books will be on the shelves and display tables.
• Bring a bag to fill!!
• The WHS storage room is at 891 Guelph Street, Kitchener between Lancaster and River Road, Door #5 of the Access Storage building.
A WHS exec member will meet you at the Door #5 and escort you upstairs (four flights of 12 steps need to be climbed).
• Pre-registering is a must: send an e-mail to rychmills@golden.net or phone him at 519 742 49 90.

1830s Local Cholera Epidemics

This link provides the three articles published by WHS in annual volume 100 (2012) about the cholera epidemics of the 1830s.  The complete volume can be purchased through the WHS website or at WHS meetings.  The volumes are also available for research at area libraries and archives.


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


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


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.