Life Upstairs: Brubacher House Digital Exhibit Launch

Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

"What would it be like to live in a museum?"

Join us for an evening of storytelling and conversation with past and present Brubacher House Hosts in celebration of the new LIFE UPSTAIRS digital exhibit.

This free online community event will take place over Zoom. Register in advance to receive event details.

Feel free to contact Brubacher House with any questions about the event: 519-886-3855 or

"Life Upstairs" is a digital exhibit that tells the fascinating story of Brubacher House's unique history of Live-in Hosts through personal stories, photos and videos from past and present Hosts. Curated by Bethany Leis, 2021 Brubacher House Digital Historian-in-Residence, in partnership with Chris Steingart, Web Designer. Supported by the J. Winfield Fretz Publication Fund of the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, and Conrad Grebel
University College.

The Brubacher House was built in 1850 in a style typical of Pennsylvania German architecture. In this beautiful setting on the side of a gentle hill, Magdalena and John E. Brubacher raised fourteen children. Farming continued on the land until 1965 when the property was purchased as part of the University of Waterloo.

The University of Waterloo proposed to preserve and restore one of the original farm homes on the campus in recognition of the Pennsylvania German culture which was represented on the farmlands it purchased, and as a reminder that the total 1,000 acres of the university campus was once owned by Mennonites and devoted to agriculture.