Waterloo You Never Knew

Overview

The history you don’t know is the most fascinating of all.

Waterloo, Ontario, could be any small Canadian community. Its familiar histories privilege the “great accomplishments” of those who built the institutions we know today: industry, government, and education. But what of those who were marginalized, weird, and wonderful — real people who lived between the boundaries of mainstream existence? Waterloo You Never Knew reveals forgotten and little known tales of a community in transition and reflects on those lives lived in infamy and obscurity, by choice or by design.

Meet the ex-slaves and cholera victims, the grave digging doctor, the séance-loving politician, the rumrunner, and the sorcery-practising healer. There’s even a crystal skull and a nurse-turned-psychic.

Come inside. See the Waterloo you never knew, revealed.

About the Author

Joanna Rickert-Hall

Posted by KathrynB on February 13, 2018
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Joanna Rickert-Hall

Joanna Rickert-Hall is a social historian engaged in the unending search for arcane and overlooked histories — particularly those that involve folk medicine, magic, and early community relationships in Canada. She is the 2015 recipient of the Jean Steckle Award for Excellence in Heritage Education. Joanna lives in Waterloo, Ontario.