History Speaker Series: Fred Addis

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

In his fifteen year association with the Leacock Home (seven of those years as Curator), Fred Addis was up close and personal with the life and work of humorist, author and political scientist Stephen Leacock.  There is much to be learned about Leacock and his time spent at his summer home located on the shores of Brewery Bay, where he went for respite from teaching in Montreal -where he loved to write in the boathouse and house, and where he penned his book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, which told the stories of Mariposa/Orillia. 

On Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 PM at The Orillia Museum of Art and History, Addis with his intimate knowledge of "all things Leacockian" will share “A hundred things you didn't know about Stephen Leacock.” 

Fred Addis retired in 2016 as Curator at the Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site. He is currently serving as Advisor to the Principle on Art and Culture at Lakehead University in Orillia. In addition to his many arts and cultural interests, Fred has written extensively on hockey history as well as Great Lakes maritime history. His collection related to the 1959 Royal Tour to open the St. Lawrence Seaway and his love of finely crafted guitars, requires that he keep working for the foreseeable future. He lives with his wife Deidre in nearby Oro-Medonte.  

The Orillia Museum of Art & History Speaker Series features presentations by local historians to celebrate our heritage and learn more about our past.

The evening begins at 7:30pm in the Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio on OMAH's third floor. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated and help to support the museum to put on events like this one.

ANNOUNCING: The Sir John A Macdonald Dinner

At the end of the evening, tickets to the popular Annual Sir John A Macdonald Dinner being held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Hawk Ridge will be available for purchase and thereafter at the Orillia Museum of Art and History front desk. We welcome Sally Armstrong, author, journalist and human rights activist as the evening’s guest speaker.