Gift for the Queen

A Moment from Yesterday

January 25, 2023 | Opinion | Volume 27 Issue 2
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
(Photo: David L. Hunsberger/Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

Fifty years ago, in June 1973, Queen Elizabeth II visited the Waterloo region. What gift could she be given to represent the area? These two bronze figures of an Old Order couple by Waterloo artist Renie Ellis were chosen. At the time, Mennonites constituted about 10 percent of the area’s population.

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More moments from yesterday:
Maria Kroeker
Ron J. Sider
David K. Jantzi
Queen in Manitoba

(Photo: David L. Hunsberger/Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

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