Publications

These publications have been written and contributed by OMAH’s History Committee.  The committee publishes an article every two weeks in the “Muse News” which goes out to OMAH members. If you would like to see more content like this, become a member to receive one of the committee’s fascinating articles with your newsletter every two weeks. If you would like to get involved with the committee, reach out to the History Programming Coordinator.

Leslie Frost: Orillia’s First Premier

Leslie Frost: Orillia’s First Premier

Premier of Ontario 1949-1961 By John Merritt, Simcoe County Historical Association   September 20, 2020 marked the 125th anniversary of the birth of Orillia native and former Ontario premier Leslie Frost. Frost was born in Orillia on September 20, 1895 to William...

What We Have Lost

What We Have Lost

What We Have Lost  By David TownAs we approach the one-year anniversary of the YMCA closing in Orillia, I think it is insightful to see what the Y did for Orillia from a historical perspective. You never know what you’ve lost ‘til it’s gone. The Y in Orillia, as...

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 in...

Happy Birthday to Dr. Nancy Ironside!

Happy Birthday to Dr. Nancy Ironside!

Happy Birthday to Dr. Nancy Ironside! In honour of her birthday on July 24, we pay tribute to Nancy Retired physician and anesthesiologist, environmentalist, naturalist and... To many, Dr. Nancy Ironside needs no introduction. Without fanfare, Nancy has made a huge...

Two Horse Rides from Orillia to Coldwater

Two Horse Rides from Orillia to Coldwater

Corduroy Road Over a Swamp in Orillia Township, Ontario Ware, Titus Hibbert, 1810-1890 Picture, 1844, English Pen & brown & blue inks, grey wash, over pencil. Toronto Public Library Digital Archive, in the Public DomainBy Fred Blair Jacob Gill and his...

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 the province were required to serve...

Thomson Family: John Thomson

Thomson Family: John Thomson

By Trish Crowe-Grande, Chair OMAH History CommitteeThe 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, John...

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The Orillia Museum of Art & History is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

In acknowledging that we occupy colonized Indigenous territories, and out of respect for the rights of Indigenous people, we accept our collective responsibility to recognize our colonial histories as well as their present-day manifestations in order to honour, protect, and sustain this land.