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As another exciting year at the Orillia Museum of Art & History comes to a close, we want to thank all of you for your continued support this holiday season! Our dedicated team of volunteers help keep our museum operational and we appreciate the work that they do year-round. OMAH's generous donors and members also help us in creating opportunities for engaging programs, exhibitions and events.

From everyone here at OMAH,

Happy Holidays!

Opening remarks at the 2015 Croquet tournament

This year’s Bruce Bayne/Don Jenkins Invitational Croquet Tournament, held on August 22nd, was a great success, raising over $2000 for the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH).  Teams returned from Champlain Seniors, St. Paul’s, OMAH staff and volunteers, The Brownstone, and the Y’s Guys joining new teams from City of Orillia senior staff and Mayor and Councillors.

Two ambitious exhibitions will further add to OMAH's and Orillia's reputations as cultural tourist destinations. 

by Ninette Gyorody 

Originally published in the July-August issue of OMAH's The Muse News

THIS SUMMER, the Orillia Museum of Art & History will be staging two of its most ambitious exhibitions to date -  an art-based show titled Nation 2 Nation and a history-based show titled touch: Champlain at 400, both opening on Friday, June 26.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History and the History Committee are pleased to announce the 2015 OMAH History Awards.  Four awards are offered bi-annually starting in 2015, for historic research or heritage presentation in Orillia and area.  Orillia and area includes:  the City of Orillia, the Townships of Ramara, Severn, and Oro-Medonte. There will be up to four awards and up two recipients in each category.

Sir Sam Funk Selfies

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is the Museum Dance Off 'Thunderdome' Champion!!

New Staff: Hope McGilly with artifact, Katie, Kirsten, Stephanie & Audrey. Missing from photo: Jessalyn

Summer is just around the corner and OMAH is bustling with some new faces who we'd like to welcome to the team!

Hope McGilly - Registrar

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Ancestry.ca is now available at OMAH!

Genealogy has always been one of the key ways of connecting to our past and the Orillia Museum of Art & History wants to help you connect with yours. Our Lake Country Rotary Research Room continues to refine itself and grow as a resource for local historical researchers. Our dedicated team of volunteers are happy to meet with visitors looking to do some in-depth searching for local and family history.

Sir Sam Steele: Dance Extraordinaire - or so the story goes in the Orillia Museum of Art & History’s “Sir Sam Funk” video entry for the online competition Museum Dance Off 2.

The Georgia McLellan Visual Arts Scholarship offers up to $1000 to a high school graduate entering visual arts studies at the post-secondary level.

Georgia Netanis Machan McLellan retired in Orillia after a career in art and education in 1984. Her zest to discover and experience new ideas and adventures, her energy and intelligence made an impression on everyone she met. Her endowment of the Fine Arts Scholarship reflects her lifelong passions for education, the arts and for helping people to improve their opportunities.

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An endowment fund has been set up in the memory of Kevin J. Batchelor who passed away on March 29th.  Kevin was a passionate supporter of music and the arts in our community.  He was also the beloved music teacher at Harriett Todd Public School.  Memorial donations can be made to The Kevin J. Batchelor Endowment Fund at Canadahelps.org.

Kevin had shown his art during our Life and Limb exhibition as well as the 2013 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition.  He will be truly missed.