Waterloo You Never Knew


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

In many ways, Waterloo, Ontario is a typical small Canadian community, with a history of “great accomplishments” by its founding fathers and their successors. But, as Joanna Rickert-Hall shows, there are also controversial tales, ones that are not often shared — especially with outsiders. Stories of the marginalized, the famous, the infamous, the weird, and the wonderful — real people who, by choice or by design, lived on the margins of mainstream existence.

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.

There are many more stories here than in the “official” history, and some are very strange tales indeed. Come inside. This is 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.