Orillia Museum of Art & History
If These Walls Could Talk: The Oro African Church
tells the story of the Oro African Episcopal Methodist Church National Historic Site, the African-Canadian settlers who originally built the church, and efforts by residents and governments of the Township of Oro (later Oro-Medonte) and the County of Simcoe to preserve the site since the 1940s.
If These Walls Could Talk will use artefacts loaned from the Township of Oro-Medonte, the Simcoe County Museum and Archives, and descendants of the African-Canadian settlers to tell the story of the church and the people who built, worshipped, and were buried at it.

April 30-September 18, 2016
Main Gallery 2nd Floor

An exhibit catalogue is for sale at OMAH’s gift shop, for $10.

Opening celebrations for the Oro African Church will be held at the church site, at the corner of Oro-Medonte Line 3 and Old Barrie Rd. (County Rd. 11), August 21-23. Details are available on the Township of Oro-Medonte’s website, http://www.oro-medonte.ca/community/history/oro-african-church-restoration.

Summer Trip Planning Aid

Have you made summer plans yet? If not, Canada’s History has some great ideas for some travelling close by your home or across Canada to see some interesting Historic Sites.


Five Heritage Gems to visit from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and a bonus one from Nova Scotia.


Sneak Peek! Top Ten Endangered Places 2016

Get a sneak peek of the National Trust for Canada’s 2016 Endangered Places List.

Each year the National Trust for Canada releases a Top 10 Endangered Places List to bring national attention to sites at risk. The 2016 list will be released on May 26. They are the buildings and structures where history was made — literally. But sadly, many of these important edifices are badly in need of repair.

This year Canada’s History has teamed up with the National Trust to bring you sneak peeks of these sites. In the slideshow above you will see snapshots of a few sites and below you can see the geographic locations for all ten sites. Do you recognize any of these endangered places?

The 2016 list includes:
One throughout Canada
One in Vancouver
Two in Alberta (Edmonton and Lamont County)
One throughout Saskatchewan
Two in Ontario (Belleville and Collingwood)
One in Laval, Quebec
One in New Brunswick
One in Newfoundland and Labrador

SCHA Mailing Address

Send items to:
The Correspondence Secretary
Simcoe County Historical Association
P.O. Box 144
Barrie, ON L4M 4S9

Simcoe County Genealogy Help

Simcoe County Archives
1149 Highway 26
R.R. #2
Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2
Phone: (705) 726-9331
Toll Free: 1-866-893-9300
Fax: (705) 725-5341
Email: archives@simcoe.ca
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Simcoe County Branch – Ontario Genealogical Society

Association Member Meetings

Monthly meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday in:
May - AGM

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Please join the S.C.H.A. by
contacting Earl Elliott, Membership Chair by phone: 705-734-9808
or by e-mail: earl.elliott@rogers.com