June 1 to July 23
Elemental Mariposa: The Makers
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men and women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials and shaping Orillia’s strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia’s innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design and manufacture of one of Canada’s earliest motor cars, featuring stories and objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl’s Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery and more. A healthy community’s economic growth is dependent on the research and development of products that contribute to a community’s growth and sustainability. In the early 20th century, Orillia was at the forefront of innovation, from becoming the first municipality in North America to build its own hydro-electric power plant as well as the design and manufacture of one of Canada’s earliest motor cars – first the Tudhope-McIntyre (1908) and then the Tudhope (1912). This boom of innovation was accompanied by sawmills, iron foundries, and a host of manufacturing companies producing farm implements, and carriages, shipping these products across Canada.
This exhibit explores our community’s collective growth, this time around industry, labour, pride in hard work and toil to strengthen the economic and social development of the city.
Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter St. S. 705-326-2159; orilliamuseum.org
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