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​COVID Hair? Do you Care? During COVID-19 have you untamed your mane or kept up your hair care? Simcoe County Museum wants to hear from you! Which team represents you – the wild locks of Team Simcoe, John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada? Or the sleek coif of Team Steele, Sir Sam Steele, Orillia area born North-West Mounted Police (RWMP) during the Klondike Gold Rush? Share your COVID HAIR photo on Facebook @simcoecountymuseum or Twitter @simcoecountyMUS using the hashtag for the team you support #simcoeshag Or #steelestyle and #simcoeshagVSsteelestyle for your chance to win a County Prize Pack. Contest runs June 8 – June 30, 2020. 





John Graves Simcoe was first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, serving from 1791 to 1796.  During his time in Ontario, he led the construction of Yonge and Dundas streets, established York (Toronto) as the capital of the province, and most notably, passed the Act Against Slavery on July 9, 1793.  The County of Simcoe is named in his honour – Lake Simcoe is named for Simcoe's father, British Navy Captain John Simcoe.


Sir Samuel Steele was born in Medonte Township in 1848.  Steele was one of the first to join the Northwest Mounted Police in 1873.  In 1896, he was appointed to lead the contingent of 250 officers in the Yukon to keep order during the Klondike Gold Rush.  At the age of 66, Steele was appointed commanding officer of the British Army's South Eastern district during the First World War.  He was given a knighthood in January 1918, retired from the army July of that year, and died January 30, 1919.