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History Speaker Series at Orillia museum starts Oct. 18

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Students who travelled to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge will kick off this season's History Speaker Series at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. (SUBMITTED)

Students who travelled to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge will kick off this season's History Speaker Series at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. (SUBMITTED)

The history committee at the Orillia Museum of Art and History has announced a diverse line-up of speakers for the 2017-18 History Speaker Series.

The series will start Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. It was “an experience of a lifetime” for students of Orillia Secondary School and Twin Lakes Secondary School when they travelled to Vimy Ridge in April to participate in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The students will reminisce about their experience at Vimy and other destinations, including the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

On Nov. 15, Fred Addis will be the guest speaker. Addis retired as curator of the Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site after more than 15 years. He will share little-known facts about Orillia’s infamous political scientist, writer and humorist with his talk, “A Hundred Things You Didn’t Know about Stephen Leacock.”

Neil Hurtubise is a retired OPP officer who survived being shot while on patrol on Highway 11 in January 1981. He has led a rich life as a police officer, but also as a musician, singer and artist, in addition to giving to his community. On Jan. 17, Hurtubise will be joined in conversation with his daughter, Liz, and OPP Museum curator Chris Johnstone, in “Neil Hurtubise — His Life: A Conversation with the Retired OPP Officer Who Had an Orillia Street Named After Him.”

Some of the other topics being covered this season include Kathinka’s Story: A Pioneer Life in Sparrow Lake; the Coldwater Mill 1833, Then and Now; and Tales from the Historic Penetanguishene Road.

Admission to the History Speaker Series is free and all are welcome.

For more information, call 705-326-2159 or visit orilliamuseum.org. 



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