History makes a real impact when you can actually see it and touch it.

That’s what you get at the ‘Forgotten Communities: The Commercial Fishing Villages of Parry Sound’ exhibit currently on display at The Museum on Tower Hill in Parry Sound.

The exhibit officially kicked off Wednesday evening beginning with a brief introduction by Museum Curator/Manager Nadine Hammond and continued with the rest of staff on hand to help guide visitors through the numerous displays.

Among the many historical artifacts at the exhibit is a vintage Mackinaw boat that was used throughout the heyday of commercial fishing in the region that spanned between the 1800s and early 1900s.

Mackinaw boats were considered the ideal vessel for travelling in Georgian Bay.

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Photo: Tom Mangos

Originally rigged as sailboats, by the turn of the 20th century, they were equipped with engines.

As Hammond explains, during this pioneering age, smart sense and improved technology help build the commercial fishing industry in Parry Sound and provided work for many of the region’s residents.

You can catch the “Forgotten Communities” exhibit right up until December 21st, 2019.

For more information, visit The Museum on Tower Hill website.