Sound as a Barrel

Sound as a Barrel

by Ellen Blaubergs, Volunteer, Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum     There are numerous interesting “works in progress” involving artifacts at the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, including two wooden barrels once used to transport ceramics. Both are...
Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran

Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran

Andrew Borland, War of 1812 Veteran By Fred Blair On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on the British.  Many recent American settlers in Upper Canada, like the Borlands, had to consider where their loyalties lay.  By law, all the males between 16 and 60 in...
Thomson Family: John Thomson

Thomson Family: John Thomson

By Trish Crowe-Grande, Chair OMAH History Committee The Thomsons, one of Orillia’s influential founding families, rose in prominence in the early days when lumbering was the big industry and dominated the commercial life of the community. Born in Scotland in 1831,...