Exhibition "City on Edge - Berlin becomes Kitchener" at Waterloo Region Museum
Berlin, Ontario - and much of surrounding Waterloo County - was the centre of German culture in Canada in the early 1900s. From the start of the First World War in 1914, residents of the city were questioned for their loyalty to King, country and the allied war effort in Europe.
Learn how a city was pushed to the edge during the First World War - to the point of changing its name from Berlin to Kitchener through a controversial and high tension referendum.
Created by the Waterloo Region Museum, the exhibit tells the story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener on September 1, 1916. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that name change.
City on Edge is created and produced by the Waterloo Region Museum with the assistance and support of many organizations and individuals, including:
City of Cambridge Archives
City of Waterloo Museum
Guelph Civic Museum
Kitchener Public Library
Mennonite Archives of Ontario
University of Waterloo Library - Special Collections
Waterloo Centre for German Studies
Waterloo Historical Society
Waterloo Public Library
Wellington County Museum and Archives