Elemental Mariposa: The Makers

Saturday, March 11, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

Elemental Mariposa: The Makers celebrates Orillia's men and women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries creating household and industrial products from raw materials.  They shaped Orillia’s strong industrial heritage.  Stories and objects will abound from major employers including, Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl’s Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery Co., and many more.

A healthy community’s economic growth is dependent on the research and development of products that contribute to a community’s growth and sustainability.  In the early 20th century, Orillia was at the forefront of innovation, from becoming the first municipality in North America to build its own hydro-electric power plant as well as the design and manufacture of one of Canada’s earliest motor cars – first the Tudhope-McIntyre (1908) and then the Tudhope (1912).  This boom of innovation was accompanied by sawmills, iron foundries, and a host of manufacturing companies producing farm implements, and carriages, shipping these products across Canada.

This exhibit explores our community’s collective growth, this time around industry, labour, pride in hard work and toil to strengthen the economic and social development of the city.