Born 140 years ago today, 17 December 1874, in a home on Benton Street, Berlin, Ontario, William Lyon Mackenzie King grew up to become Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister. As a person and politician, Mackenzie King has been source of inquiry, speculation and debate among academics and the public. Raised at idyllic Woodside (now a National Historic site managed by Parks Canada) from 1886 to 1893, how did King’s early experiences in Berlin (now Kitchener) affect his later political decisions and thinking?
Join us tonight at 7pm for a free public lecture at the Central Library on King’s early life in Berlin by Dr. John English, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Waterloo and Founding Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. No registration is required. Displays, book sales and refreshments will be available in the Theatre reception room starting at 6:30pm.
The lecture has been organized by an informal committee known as the Mackenzie King Kitchener-Waterloo Legacy Network. The committee is non-partisan and promotes public discussion about King’s role in Canadian history.