Reconciling Orillia’s History: A Bicentennial Exploration of Settler and Indigenous Community Development

Upper Gallery
April 13 - September 1
This exhibit focuses on the early settlement of Orillia after the War of 1812, when a Quebec voyageur, Antoine Godard met Chippewa Chief Big Shilling's daughter, Mary, to settle down on the town's first homestead to raise a family. Their first son, Francis Gaudaur was born shortly afterwards on April 13, 1819 to live a long life as Orillia’s first born settler. The Gaudaur bloodline now represents the extended family of French Canadian, British, Indigenous members who helped to build this community. Ultimately, we will meet the family and their descendants who made Orillia and area their home 200 years ago.