Stories of Orillia & Area

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History of the Mariposa Folk Festival

History of the Mariposa Folk Festival

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, OMAH History Committee ChairThe Mariposa Folk Festival was spearheaded by Ruth Jones, an Orillia resident and significant figure in the folk...

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History of the Orillia Silver Band

History of the Orillia Silver Band

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande and Cliff WhitfieldIn 1949, Harry Peacock, a member of the Orillia Kiltie Band, decided to leave the Kilties to start up a brass-band in...

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The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

The Cracked Bell Caper of 1900

With an Introduction by Fred Blair, Genealogist and Family HistorianThe Cracked Bell Caper of 1900 is a part of Orillia history worth retelling.  On December 24, 1956, the Orillia Packet...

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History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

History of the Orillia Kiltie Band

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest ContributorFollowing the success of the Orillia Citizens Band in 1923, winning second...

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History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

History of the ORILLIA CITIZENS BAND

Written & researched by Trish Crowe-Grande, History Committee Chair and Cliff Whitfield, Guest ContributorIn the late 1800s, it was common to gather at Orillia’s Civic Park (now...

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Solving the Peter Street Cemetery Mystery

Solving the Peter Street Cemetery Mystery

Who owned the Peter Street South cemetery? Your first thoughts might be that this was the St. James’ Church Cemetery, but that cemetery was about two blocks further north on the southeast...

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Another Waterfront Transformation

Another Waterfront Transformation

By David Town, Historian, Author of ‘A Waterfront for Everyone’ Orillia Museum of Art & History Guest ContributorWhat a transformation our waterfront is undergoing!  There’s a new road...

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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. We respect and observe the long and enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples – First Nations, Metis and Inuit – on this land. Their teachings and stewardship, culture and way of life have shaped our City’s unique identity.

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.