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Famous Families, Fugitive Slaves, and a Forgotten Soldier: 150 Years of History in Kitchener Mount Hope Cemetery

We will visit the memorials for the World War 1 soldier that was forgotten for 90 years until his war medal was discovered, a pioneering black family that escaped slavery in the southern US in the 1840s, and some famous families that still have their names on buildings that were built when the city of Kitchener was the town of Berlin. We'll visit Berlin's first tire maker and Berlin's first button maker (who had an employee who made great sausages). And we'll hear how these people helped these industries become a part of Berlin's powerful manufacturing sector. And then we'll visit people whose lives intersected with other Berlin industries like rubber boots, leather, furniture, shoes, cookies ... Busy Berlin indeed! We'll visit the memorial for someone who succumbed to the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic and the memorial for a doctor that helped many survive the same pandemic. And we'll tell the story of that outrageous mayor again - that guy who accused his opponents of buying votes with liquor and thought he'd make a better Prime Minister than Berlin's own William Lyon Mackenzie King (who actually did become PM). This year's walk includes 5 new stops and many favourites from tours over the last 6 years. If you are unable to join this walk, you can download a Kitchener Cemeteries self guided walking tour that I found helpful as a resource when preparing this tour:

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 09:42

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 14:00