April 2021

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OMAH's first installment of the 2020-2021 History Speaker Series was a huge success! 

 

With over 90 registrations and just under $700 in donations, participants from all across Ontario were enthralled with Dave Town's presentation of One Dead Cow: The Legacy of Orillia's Unlikely Smelter. 

I once asked my wife, Anne, so when your ancestors first travelled to the Orillia/Oro area in the early 1830s, how did they get here?  It was a time when there were not many roads and much of the travel overland was on foot.  Trans-Atlantic Steamships were not in common use, so ocean travel meant sailing ships and smaller sailing vessels on the inland routes.  The question of how travel to this area has evolved over the years is an interesting one.