Author Talk with Orland French On April 7th

Contact: Nahanni Born

Huronia Museum

Phone 705) 526-2844

549 Little Lake Park Rd

Midland ON L4R 4P4

Huronia Museum

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Midland ON, Monday, March 20, 2017:

Author Orland French, author of Letters to Vimy, to visit Huronia Musuem and North Simcoe on Vimy Ridge weekend  for mini book tour.

Huronia Museum invites the community for an evening with author, Orland French, discussing his work and the correspondence that inspired this book.  Inspired by real letters from his uncle who died at Vimy Ridge, author Orland French writes back to him 100 years later to explain how Canada and the world have evolved.  Letters to Vimy will be available at the museum on this evening for purchase and signing.

Other opportunities to meet the author on this weekend include: Saturday, April 8 1-3 pm   AUTHOR’S SIGNING at Georgian Bay Books, 247 King Street, Midland & Sunday, April 9 (Vimy Ridge Day) 11 am at the Waverley United Church

About the author:  Orland French was born in Midland and raised in Waverley, Ontario, a couple of kilometres from the farm where his Uncle Oscar was raised. He attended Midland-Penetanguishene District High School and graduated in 1962.

Orland graduated from the journalism program at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute) in 1965. He followed a journalism career, working in the newsrooms of The Kingston Whig-Standard and the Ottawa Citizen. He was a parliamentary correspondent for The Citizen and wrote a regular (some would say highly irregular) column on provincial and national politics in The Globe and Mail.  Later, he taught journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, and developed an interest in local history. He  served as president of the Hastings County Historical Society and trustee on the board of Old Hay Bay Church near Napanee, a National Heritage site.  This interest led to producing history and geology books on the counties of Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, and Hastings.  For his work as a volunteer in history-related projects, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 and the Governor-General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2013.

This event takes place at Huronia Museum, 549 Little Lake Park Road, Midland Ontario, on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 7 pm.  Doors open at 6.30.  There is no charge for this event and light refreshments will be served.   For more information, please contact the museum at 705-526-2844

March 10th Exhibition and Auction of Dennis Milton works found in storage


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Last works of Dennis Milton, which were held in storage until now, to be sold at auction at Huronia Museum on Friday, March 10, 2016

Last works of Dennis Milton on exhibit at Huronia Museum from February 24th to March 10th, 2017.

Midland ON, AUCTION March 10, 2017:

Exhibits of Milton’s work have taken place locally and across Ontario.  Trained in graphic design, Dennis is known for his flair for colour and abstract motifs.  He painted with acrylics, latex, liquid tempera and enamels.  His latter work focused more on landscape collages.

Dennis was born in 1950 in New Liskeard.  He travelled extensively throughout Ontario, lived in 30 different cities and towns, and has presented his art in Timmins, North Bay, Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Sault Ste. Marie and Midland.  Dennis found inspiration in life, being positive and seeing the beauty that surrounds us.  He was an avid gardener.  The works of Salvador Dali, Picasso and William Ronald were great influences on his art.

While painting always comprised a significant part of his life, Dennis supported himself working as a truck driver, farming assistant, a lift truck operator and a mechanic.  For the last 13 years of his working life, Dennis was employed by Wendat Community Programs as a van driver, peer support and drop-in centre worker.  He chose this last line of work as it meant something very personal to him.  Dennis suffered from a mental illness which landed him in a psychiatric hospital several times throughout his life.  Being able to give back, let others learn from his mistakes and from his successes was very rewarding for him.

Dennis passed away quietly at his home in Midland on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the age of 62.  He had been suffering from respiratory problems.

The auction of Dennis’ work to benefit Huronia Museum and Kingdom Hall Midland, will be on Friday, March 10th at 7pm at Huronia Museum (549 Little Lake Park Rd. Midland, Ontario) and is sponsored by Ferguson Barristers.

The Art Exhibit began Friday, February 24th and is sponsored by Corporate Solutions Inc.