About Kossuth Hall
The Hungarian Canadian Club of Waterloo-Wellington plays a significant role in the lives of ethnic Hungarians living in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph area. The former school building became the property of the Hungarian community with the help of donations. This beautiful stone structure, that was part of the Kossuth settlement in Waterloo township, is said to be named after Louis Kossuth, a nineteenth century Hungarian patriot who was the intellectual leader of the 1848 revolution in Hungary. Located a little to the north of Hespeler, along the road from Preston to Guelph, the village sat at the present-day junction of Kossuth Road and Shantz Station Road. A school building that was part of the Kossuth hamlet was purchased by about 100 Hungarian families in 1962 and it was registered as the Hungarian Home Club.
The name of the club was later changed to the Hungarian Canadian Club of Waterloo-Wellington.Through a lot of excellent work and dedication it has been preserved over decades and is still home to many traditional community events that promote Hungarian culture. In 1965 the Kossuth Folkdancers group was formed and it is still one of the most significant elements of the club. They have had many achievments throughout the years and have represented our club on numerous occasions throughout North America. The building itself went through a few renovations throughout the years to make it spacious and more up to date. In 1973 at the request of the Hungarian community, Country road 13 was renamed Kossuth road. This achievement was also significant for the community. After 50 years the Kossuth Hall still plays an important part in the Hungarian community living in the surrounding area. It is important that we support events that help sustain this building and our community so that we preserve our traditions and heritage for the future generations and also to find our place in the rich cultural mosaik of Canadian multiculural society. /Prepared by Tünde Volford/