St. Boniface Church celebrated its 100th Anniversary on September 11, 1977. At this time a committee was formed to organize celebrations. It is out of this committee that the Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community was formed. Today our membership is made up of those who have a deep affection for unravelling the mysteries of the past and of those who have ancestral roots in the Parish and Community.
Maryhill was formerly named, New Germany. German language newspapers sometimes referred to it as Neu Deutschlandle. The name was changed to Maryhill in 1941. Prior to 1972, and the formation of the old County of Waterloo into Regional Government, the village fell within the boundaries of the Township of Waterloo. It is now part of Woolwich Township.
Meetings are held at 7:30p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. They take place at the Edward Halter House, located next to St. Boniface School and across from St. Boniface Church parking lot. Everyone is welcome.
The resource centre, located in the Edward Halter House, includes two floors of artifacts. On the main floor is a kitchen, parlour and chapel. Upstairs there is a turn-of-the-century bedroom and a resource room which houses an assortment of displays. The Society library is also housed here. These holdings include a large collection of family histories, census returns for Waterloo Township, and for St. Boniface Church, in addition to Naturalization Records, Tweedsmuir Histories, Land Records, Church Histories and Cemetery Transcriptions. The resource centre is open by appointment or on Sunday afternoons from May to September from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge to the museum but donations are gratefully accepted.
Those who live far away, and who are unable to do their own genealogical research, will be pleased to learn that a vast amount of genealogical data has been produced. The Diane Strickler Collection of Family Trees consists of 1,371 families. It is not possible to list all these families in our regular publication list, so we have produced a separate index to The Diane Strickler Collection. The collection itself represents many years of dedication on the part of Mrs. Strickler who is to be commended for completing such an ambitious project. Genealogical data from church records, naturalization registers, cemetery transcriptions, as well as Waterloo township census returns, proved valuable source materials for this collection. Since family trees in this collection vary from one to one hundred and sixty-four pages, prices are variable. The index provides a reference to the names of each family tree available, the number of pages, and purchase price plus shipping and handling charges. The price is $5.00 plus $2.50 shipping and postage.
St. Boniface School
On Sunday, September 19, 2004 we celebrate our Heritage Day. The day begins with the 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Boniface Church followed by a tour to the three Wayside Crosses. A lunch will be served at the Maryhill Knights of Columbus (probably around 11 - 11:30 a.m.). People are welcome to add their own personal displays. There will be family histories, photos, and genealogical displays. A silent auction will also take place. This year the Historical Society will be recognizing all those who contributed to the development of the Maryhill Heritage Park. Tours will be given of St. Boniface Church from 3-4 p.m. The Edward Halter Home will also be open for visitors from 3-4 p.m.
Membership fees in the Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community are $5.00 a year, $25 for a life membership or $40 for a life membership for a couple. Fees may be sent to:
Historical Society of St. Boniface and Maryhill Community
P.O. Box 123
Maryhill, Ontario Canada