Piecing It Together Piecing It Together for Ken McLaughlin

In our PIT stop feature, we assemble additional pieces of the puzzle. Readers are able to learn more about the mill, its employees and the Hespeler community at large.

Kenneth Michael McLaughlin is born to Mr. and Mrs. Pat McLaughlin, August 5, 1943. He will go on to be one of the Regions most prominent and accomplished historians.

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Ken would graduate from St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo) earning a B.A. in 1965.

His accomplishments will be numerous and invaluable to future generations of curious local residents and historical researchers.

In 1986, he will collaborate with students (Valerie Spring, Annemarie Hagan, Ellen Yachnin) on a project on our very own Mill Girls – capturing oral history of women who worked at the mill during wartime.

In 1987, he will produce a book on the City of Cambridge (Cambridge The Making of a Canadian City).

In 2014, he is awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement at Queen’s Park.

In 2016, St. Jerome’s awards Ken with the Norm Choat Award for contributions to the understanding and appreciation of local, provincial, and national history and culture.


In 2020, the University of Waterloo and Ken produce a collaborative documentary (Beyond Tradition) on the rich history of the University.