Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall courses in the Kitchener-Waterloo area

Brooke Skelton, and genealogist and a friend, sent me this information about a learning opportunity in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in southwest Ontario. It is fall courses at the Waterloo Campus of the Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning (LALL) of the Wilfred Laurier University. 

 Some examples of the courses that will be offered are - 

You’ve Got Mail: The Story of the Postcard with Rych Mills Mondays, October 19 — November 23, 12:30 — 2:20 p.m.,on the Waterloo campus. 

Before the digital age of email and text messages, the postcard was a common means of communicating to friends and family – whether you were communicating your safety from the front lines in wartime or writing from a sunny beach destination. 

This course will illustrate the history of the postcard, exploring topics such as publishing and distribution, imagery and the emergence of photography, wartime propaganda, the collecting craze, genealogy and local history, as well as the future of the postcard. Mills has authored two books - on Kitchener history, numerous articles for WHS and is the Flash from the Past columnist in each Saturday’s Waterloo Region Record. 

 The “Charming” Christian Eby: Waterloo County Medicine Man or Witch? with Joanna Rickert-Hall Wednesdays, October 21 — November 25, 9:30 — 11:20 a.m. on the Waterloo campus. 

There was a time when fear, superstition and faith were intertwined. If you were sick, you sought the services of a healer or a priest. Depending upon the outcome of the "cure" the healer may have been labelled as a witch and at one time even condemned to death. Fortunately for Christian Eby, a Mennonite healer in early 20th-century Waterloo County, he was both feared and admired.

Courses are non-credit and are intended for personal interest and self-education. Courses are offered at a cost of $70 each.

For more information on courses, and to register for the courses, go to


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