History Awards nominees announced
The nominations are in for the Orillia Museum of Art and History’s (OMAH) History Awards. The nominees are recognized for their work to preserve local history. Books have been written, stories from long-time citizens of Orillia and area have been documented, precious artifacts have been collected, presented and restored, and long-time traditions and performances have been celebrated. “The citizens of Orillia have nominated individuals and organizations who play an important role in keeping our history alive,” said Daphne Mainprize, chair of the awards committee. An awards gala will be held at OMAH Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to recognize and celebrate both the nominees and recipients. Admission to the gala is free and all are welcome. The nominees are Wally Bremner, Qennefer Browne, Chippewas of Rama First Nation Powwow, Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, Leslie Fourier, Jim Lewis, Craig Mainprize, Alda McMahon, Orillia Vocal Ensemble, Rama Historical Society, Randy Richmond, Dennis Rizzo/Ross Greenwood, David Town, and Bob Willsey. There are five award categories: Historical Publications and/or Research; General Heritage Preservation; Historical Reconstruction; Historical Performances and Events; and Lifetime Achievement. A special Sesquicentennial Recognition, commemorating Orillia’s 150th anniversary, will honour a group or individual who has contributed to preserving local history.