History Speakers & Sir John A Macdonald Dinner Coming Soon!

Members of the OMAH History Committee and Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner Committees are busy planning the upcoming season filled with exciting speakers and the ever popular Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner!
History Speaker Series
Last season the Speaker Series with speakers and topics that were beyond expectations, drew capacity crowds.
Two of the talks were recognized with Media Releases. The Carmichael Art History Lecture, Canadian Coinage: The Art of Money presented by artist Tony Bianco and Bob Browne was published in Canadian Coin News and Dr. Chris Decker’s talk Glenn Gould: His Life, His Cottage, His Orillia was shared on the official Glenn Gould FACEBOOK page. What a compliment to our speakers!
And there is more to come in the 2019/2020 Series.
Mark your calendars for the following talks:
October 16 Orillia Secondary School Students – From Ortona to Juno: A Journey of Remembrance. Students will speak about the life changing impact of this memorable journey and how they have honored the Orillia soldiers whose lives were lost in the war.  Teacher Leanne Young, recent nominee for the prestigious Governor General’s History Award will speak about the importance of making history relevant for students through experiencing trips such as this and in turn sharing their experiences with the community.
November 20 Fred Kallin – Raoul Wallenberg: Legendary Hero 
Learn how Swede Raoul Wallenberg selflessly saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in 1947. Also hear Kallin’s story of his father who is credited with saving the lives of many soldiers in Japanese internment camps.
The 2020 line up is going to be exciting. Here is a sampling of what’s to come:
January - Dr. Harry Hall will tell the story of his life as a family doctor in Orillia and area
March - The Orillia Silver Band will share the 70-year history of the band and entertain us with their music.  
May 5, The Carmichael Art History Lecture is not to be missed. Jim and Sue Waddington will present “Walking in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven.”
 Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner
Our speaker has been finalized. This year we are pleased to have a guest speaker with local roots, Dr. Kevin Kee. Dr. Kee, Dean of Arts at the University of Ottawa grew up in Orillia, attended primary school and Park St. Collegiate Institute. He majored in History as an undergraduate at Queen's where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1999. 
Mark Sat. Jan. 11, 2020 in your calendars. Hear about the innovative ways you can see our past. Tickets for the dinner will go on sale following the Wed. Nov. 20 History Speakers Evening at OMAH, and thereafter at the OMAH front desk. Cash, cheque and credit cards are accepted.
-Mary Ann Grant, Co-Chair of the Orillia Museum of Art & History's History Comittee.