2022 – Our 100th Annual Reunion
Celebrating our 100th annual Family Reunion and 200 years of Brubachers in Ontario
August 5th, 6th, and 7th was a milestone weekend for the larger Brubacher-Brubaker family. It was all about roots; learning of and celebrating our roots in the Old World, our roots in the New World coming to Pennsylvania, and our roots in Ontario when our cousins and ancestors first traveled and planted their families in Upper Canada in the early 1800’s.
Being that we were celebrating our roots and looking at our past and where we came from, it seemed fitting to celebrate this Centennial and Bicentennial celebration in the locale of our 5th annual Family Reunion (1923).*
This year’s event was celebratory for another reason: this was the first time in three years where we physically met in person. It was especially gratifying to meet in person because we had to overcome numerous hurdles directly or indirectly related to the COVID situation of the last few years as we planned and organized this event. From last minute venue changes to speakers presenting by recording due to being quarantined because of COVID, this year’s reunion was a blending of in-person interaction and the latest in technology opportunities that we have deployed over the last couple of years. One thing is certain: going forward we plan to continue offering opportunities to both meet in person and telecast our reunions for those who wish to participate from afar.
We can’t offer enough thanks and gratitude to our friends at Shantz Mennonite Church for hosting us for the weekend in their beautiful new facility. We also thank Country Mile Bus Lines and Gerry Horst of The Mennonite Story for providing transportation for our local tours of Family and other landmarks in the Kitchener-Waterloo area; and Schmidtsville Restaurant for their outstanding catering services!
Below you will find our archive of presentations by our featured speakers and presenters, along with a few tidbits of information about how many of and where our cousins came from for our celebration event.
*For those of you counting, this year’s event is considered our 100th annual Family Reunion because during World War II we suspended our reunions in 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945.