This illustrated talk will look at the 1850 Brubacher House in the context of the University of Waterloo’s 1000-acre campus, explaining its historical role as a Mennonite farmhouse, the reasons for its preservation, and the role of the Region of Waterloo, the University, and the Mennonite community in its restoration. Comparison will be made to the spectacular architecture of nearby OpenText and the University of Waterloo affiliated Accelerator Centre. The talk will also address how the land around Brubacher House has changed over the centuries. Open seating is available for 40 individuals.
Kenneth McLaughlin is distinguished Professor of history at the University of Waterloo. He served as Professor of History and also as Chair of the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation, and was involved in the preservation of the Brubacher House as a centre of historical interest.