Local History Fund

Susan J. Hoffman Local History Fund



  • To honor and recognize Susan J. Hoffman’s many years of dedicated service to both Kitchener Public Library and Waterloo Historical Society.
  • To complement (but not replace) other funds and fund-raising initiatives for the Grace Schmidt Room (GSR) by funding GSR-related projects. These may include, but are not restricted to: purchasing collections, documents, maps, books, photographs, archival storage materials; GSR furnishings and equipment; hiring contract staff to assist in cataloging collections.


 How to donate

Please print the donation form and mail it with your cheque or credit card to:

Development Office, Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street North
Kitchener ON N2H 2H1

You can also donate online through CanadaHelps, using your credit card, Interact, or Paypal.


Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.



In November 2006 the Board of Directors of the Waterloo Historical Society made an agreement with the Kitchener Public Library Foundation to honor long-time KPL local historian, archivist and WHS director Susan J. Hoffman. The WHS made an inaugural $1,000 donation and will consider annually its contribution level to the fund.  In 2015, the Kitchener Public Library assumed responsibility for all library fundraising.  A revised agreement was signed at that time.


 Susan J. Hoffman

Susan joined the staff of KPL in 1976 and began working with Grace Schmidt in the library’s local history department. In 1984 the WHS partnered with the library to open the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History. Along with honoring Grace Schmidt, who had retired in 1980, it spoke to the high regard the local history collections enjoyed in the Region of Waterloo.