A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were

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Dundurn, 2002 - History - 165 pages
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The early settlers of Waterloo County - Mennonites, Germans, and Scots - built enterprising communities in a land of rivers, rolling hills, and fields. Today the linked cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge are still surrounded by small towns with strong rural traditions.

This photographic history of the region contains 130 black and white images from as early as 1880, recording the cultural landscape, the buildings, parks, markets, fairs, and parades. Some of the photographs will tease your fancy with whispers of the pioneers' spirit, while others capture the energy of events and dare us to interpret the past.
 

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Contents

Opening Thoughts
9
Map
12
Perpetual Change
13
1 Remembering the Pioneers
15
2 Waterloo County Photographers
19
3 The Lay of the Land
28
4 Living on the Land
35
5 From Early Towns to Main Streets
43
11 The Wars
104
12 Just This Once
116
13 Again and Again
124
14 Gathering Together
129
Saengerfest Kirmess and Marching Bands
134
16 The Pleasures of the Arts
138
17 Parks and Good Sports
143
18 Being Here
151

Buildings of Consequence
53
7 At Home
63
8 Getting Around
72
9 To Market
87
10 Whats To Do?
97
A Moment of Radical Change
158
Endnotes
160
Selected Readings
162
Acknowledgements
164
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Stephanie Kirkwood Walker was born, raised, and lives now in Waterloo County. With a PhD in Religion & the Arts, she taught at Waterloo's universities and has written extensively on biography, art, and landscape. She has done two documentaries set in Waterloo County: An Attentive Life: Conversations with Edna Staebler and Landscapes of the Heart.

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