Brubachers move into the Brubacher House Museum

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mark and Allison BrubacherWhen two people study history in school, work at museums for many years, and ultimately meet and fall in love at a museum, it’s really not that surprising that they jump at the chance to live in a museum.

As of September 2009, Mark and Allison Brubacher are the Brubacher House Museum’s newest hosts. The couple had been eyeing the opportunity since they got married, and with their passion for history, they knew the unique job position and living situation would be a good fit.

Allison said:

We are very much looking forward to doing research and learning about the family that lived in the Brubacher House, as well as about life in Waterloo region during the mid-1800s. We are also looking forward to talking history with the visitors to the museum!

Mark and Allison have worked at Doon Heritage Crossroads in Kitchener, and Allison has also worked at other historical museums. These experiences give the couple a good background on local history and they are already practiced at presenting their knowledge to visitors.

Both Mark and Allison received a BA in History from Wilfrid Laurier University and then obtained their BEd degrees from Brock University. Mark is now teacher in a Section 23 school with the local school board working with young offenders who are trying to transition back into the school system. Allison is teaching French at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate.

Mark lived at Grebel for two years and was a Don for one of those years. He’s pleased to be connected with Grebel again, exclaiming:

There’s no life like life on campus!

Mark is especially hoping to be invited to many games of pick-up hockey.

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