Flash from the Past
Founded by Swiss-German Mennonites in the early 19th century, Berlin (now Kitchener) and Waterloo were thriving cities when Peter Moyer published the first edition of the Berlin Daily News on February 19, 1878. Now called the Waterloo Region Record, the newspaper’s commitment to top-notch reporting and community involvement is nowhere more evident than in “Flash from the Past,” a weekly column devoted to preserving the region’s past.
In 2007, reporter Jon Fear began inviting readers to share memories sparked by photos he unearthed from the newspaper’s archive. Their responses tell the stories that history forgot—the treasured memories and careful details that make a community its own, forging a relationship between the Record and its readers that set a new standard for newsrooms across the country.
Marking the 140th anniversary of the Waterloo Region Record’s publication, Flash from the Past: Kitchener-Waterloo in 140 Photographs showcases the column’s best. Lovingly curated by Fear, with a foreword by columnist rych mills, this one-of-a-kind collection celebrates the history of the Twin Cities and those dedicated to preserving it.