History Speaker Series: Dave Town & Don Ross

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us Wednesday, March 15 with local historians, Dave Town and Don Ross


What was the environment like in pre-incorporation and pre-confederation Orillia? Town and Ross will shed light on that with their talk: "The Unsettling of Orillia - Growth and Turmoil 1830 - 1867." In 1828, the province of Upper Canada persuaded the Chippewa of Huronia to settle on a reservation that included the townsite of Orillia. By 1836 the Chippewa were asking to be relocated. What happened in the intervening years? Town reveals a passionate tale of sordid disagreements. By 1867 Orillia was heading full steam into a period of hustle and growth. There was an aggressive Reeve and a new dynamic. Ross will look at the political reality of Orillia 150 years ago at the dawn of a new era.

Dave Town is a local chiropractor, record setting master swimmer, YMCA volunteer and avid canoe tripper. His real passion is local history. Town has published two books "Building Character", a history of Orillia's YMCA and "Hot Foot" a biography of Orillia's great athlete, Walter Knox. His newest publication is entitled "Orillia's Civil War: 1832 - 1836" and will be available for purchase at the end of the evening.

Don Ross, a lover of pre-confederation history and a member of the OMAH History Committee, has been a speaker at the OMAH History Speaker Series in 2015 about "Samuel de Champlain in Huronia 1615" and recently "Through Wars, Rebellions and Invasions - The Power of 1867 Confederation". Ross retired from ownership of Manticore Books in 2013.


The talk starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated and all are welcome. 


Please Note: The previously scheduled March speaker, Rusty Russell, has been cancelled.