The Orillia Spirt is Born

Back by popular demand, local historian Dave Town will kick off the 2024 OMAH History Speaker series on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 with a brand new talk based on his newest book, The Orillia Spirt is Born.

Released in the summer of 2023, The Orillia Spirit is Born is Dave’s 22nd book and illustrates how “The ‘Orillia Spirit’ defined the community for 40 years, between 1880 and 1920.”

Dave “invites everyone along on this exploration of the determination, vision and audacity that Orillia was once famous for…”

He will share how the Orillia Spirit drove so many ground-breaking schemes like “the best small-town YMCA in North America with the only indoor pool north of Toronto; and its own power dam, Ragged Rapids Dam…” He will talk about the forward-thinking citizens that made it happen.

Don’t miss the chance to hear about this fascinating time in our local history!