About the Hespeler Heritage Centre

established 1992

About us

Our Board Members

The Company of Neighbours / Hespeler Heritage Centre is a special community resource centre located in the Old Hespeler Town Hall.

Old Town Hall Hespeler

11 Tannery Street East

We were established in 1992 as a sociology research project by local citizens and Professors C. Kenneth Banks of Wilfred Laurier University & J. Marshall Mangan of The University of Western Ontario.

The organization grew to encompass: a community drop-in centre, community events, book and newsletter publishing, and with the establishment of the history group in 1994, the largest collection of Hespeler-related archival material anywhere in the world.

Included in the collection are many exhibits from the town’s rich industrial and sporting history, government documents, local business records and products, as well as native artifacts from before the European settlement.


Lary Turner

Board Member & Executive Chairperson

Stella O’Krafka

Board Member & Executive Treasurer

Jack Krueger

Special Trustee

Linda Inglis

Board Member

John Gunther

Board Member

David Mitten

Board Member

Fred & Jean Stahlbaum

Board Members

Bill Kalbhenn

Board member & Executive Vice Chair

John Forsyth

Board Member & Executive Secretary

Sam Inglis

Special Trustee

Alvin Townsley

Board Member

Peter Moyer

Board Member

Marty Lachance

Board Member

The Hespeler Heritage Centre has become a hub of the Hespeler community. We are a self sustaining, volunteer driven, non-profit organization committed to improving the sense of community in the Hespeler area of Cambridge, Ontario. Involved in all aspects of community life in Hespeler, the City of Cambridge, and the Region of Waterloo, The Hespeler Heritage Centre is a special place; a resource centre, a gathering place, a strong voice in our community. Join us for a coffee, a chat, and some good old fashioned small town hospitality.

Book a tour

We are open free of charge Monday – Saturday for historical research, family history investigation, or just plain viewing of our extensive collection.

The Centre welcomes group tours and we can be open in the evenings to accommodate your group. Please contact us in advance to make arrangements.


The Hespeler Heritage Centre offers fresh coffee, tea, bottled water and soft drinks for sale during open hours.

Come on in for a visit.


Historical Souvenirs

Of interest to history buffs, The Hespeler Heritage Centre has proudly published and offers for sale the largest collection of books, CDs and souvenirs of Hespeler history available in one location.

Hespeler Portrait of an Ontario Town

We also sell other history & heritage books produced by local authors.