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About Us

Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site makes an important contribution to Waterloo Region’s distinctive sense of identity by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting buildings and objects relating to the lifestyle of the Joseph Schneiders, specifically Joseph Eby Schneider and family, the second generation to live in the Joseph Schneider homestead in the 1850s.  

Joseph Schneider Haus encourages the study and appreciation of the Germanic culture in Ontario by collecting, preserving, researching, interpreting and exhibiting folk and decorative objects from areas of Germanic settlement in Canada, primarily Waterloo Region.

Our mission and vision


The Region of Waterloo Museums positively impact the quality of life in Waterloo Region by contributing to the development of engaged and inspired citizens.


As centres of discovery and learning, the Region of Waterloo Museums are essential to understanding our collective place in the world – past, present and future. We inspire feelings of pride and possibility in the community and foster a sense of identity and belonging among citizens.


We collect, preserve and share places, artifacts and stories of cultural significance in Waterloo Region so we can engage citizens and build a cohesive community through mutual learning, discovery and exchange.


Region of Waterloo Museums staff share the Region of Waterloo Values of Service, Integrity, Respect, Innovation and Collaboration.


In everything we do, Region of Waterloo Museums strive for:

  • AUTHENTICITY in our restorations, interpretation and exhibits;
  • SCHOLARLY and PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY in our research and content;
  • LIFE-LONG LEARNING and EDUCATION for our visitors and our staff;
  • PUBLIC and SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT through living history, exhibits, educational programs, community partnerships and volunteer contributions;
  • STEWARDSHIP that utilizes best practices in building preservation; environmental sustainability; and collections development, management and preservation;
  • QUALITY programming, exhibits and service excellence;
  • INTERACTIONS WITH VISITORS with emphasis on inclusivity and informality, and
  • EXCEEDING STANDARDS for community museums in all aspects of operations.
Who funds the museum?

Joseph Schneider Haus is owned and operated by the Region of Waterloo and is managed through the Cultural Services Division of the Planning, Development and Legislative Services Department.

The Region of Waterloo acknowledges and thanks the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario for its financial support through the Community Museum Operating Grant program.

Financial support for special operating projects is frequently and generously provided by the Friends of Joseph Schneider Haus.

Professional affiliations

Joseph Schneider Haus is proud to be a member of the following professional and trade associations:

  • Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
  • Ontario Historical Society
  • Ontario Museum Association
  • Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation
  • Waterloo Wellington Museums and Galleries Network
Regional Council, Region of Waterloo
  • Ken Seiling, Regional Chair
  • Doug Craig (Mayor)
  • Helen Jowett
  • Karl Kiefer
  • Berry Vrbanovic (Mayor)
  • Elizabeth Clarke
  • Tom Galloway
  • Geoff Lorentz
  • Karen Redman
  • Dave Jaworsky (Mayor)
  • Jane Mitchell
  • Sean Strickland
  • Sue Foxton (Mayor)
  • Joe Nowak (Mayor)
  • Les Armstrong (Mayor)
  • Sandy Shantz (Mayor) 
Friends of Joseph Schneider Haus Board of Directors
  • Barbara Wallace, President
  • Gerry Bissett
  • Kathie Bissett
  • Rebecca Broderick
  • Roberta Grosland
  • Wendy Imrie
  • Karl Kessler
  • Candice Leyland
  • Senta Ross
  • Sharon Spall
  • Stephanie Walker
Job Opportunities

Museum jobs are diverse and range from costumed interpreters, to exhibit designers, from event planners to conservators. Each position carries its own unique requirements regarding education and experience.

Joseph Schneider Haus occasionally has job opportunities. Available positions are posted on the Region of Waterloo website at www.region.waterloo.on.ca - look for Job Opportunities. We ask that you apply on-line.

If you do not see a job posting in your area of interest, the Region of Waterloo does not accept unsolicited resumes for consideration. Please note we will only contact those candidates who best fit the needs of open positions.


Joseph Schneider Haus welcomes applications for unpaid internships from museum studies students and other university and college students who are required to complete a work placement as part of their educational program. Please send a letter of interest and resume to the museum's Historic Sites Supervisor.

Community Support

Joseph Schneider Haus is committed to assisting the fundraising efforts of charitable organizations and community groups wherever possible. In most instances, donations are in the form of complimentary passes for regular museum admission.

All donation requests must include the following:

  • Organization Name
  • Contact Name
  • Phone Number
  • Return Address
  • Event Date
  • Brief Event Description
  • Organization Charitable Number (if available)

Donation Terms and Conditions:

Should your charitable organization or community group qualify for a donation, the following terms and conditions will apply:

  1. All donation requests must be received 2 months prior to the event date.
  2. Joseph Schneider Haus reserves the right to decline requests should the organization or the fund raising event have the potential to harm the reputation of the museum or the Region of Waterloo.
  3. Each charitable organization or community group will only be eligible to receive one donation per calendar year.
  4. Cash donations will not be provided by Joseph Schneider Haus.

Please submit your request in writing or by email to Sean Jasmins, Supervisor of Marketing and Partnerships.