"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Provincial plaque commemorates Wilfrid Laurier University

WATERLOO, Ontario, September 21, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and Wilfrid Laurier University for the unveiling of a provincial plaque commemorating Wilfrid Laurier University.

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Walk (located between the Library and the Seminary)
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Campus
75 University Avenue West, Waterloo

The university began as the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada on October 30, 1911, offering a theological and liberal arts education. In 1924, its Faculty of Arts became Waterloo College of Arts. The school was affiliated with the University of Western Ontario the following year, providing its students the opportunity to attain degrees. This relationship lasted until 1960, when Waterloo College was renamed Waterloo Lutheran University and attained degree-granting powers of its own. In 1973, it became one of Ontario's provincially assisted universities and was renamed in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, as the former prime minister's last year in office coincided with the institution's founding in 1911.

The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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