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Saturday, September 26 9:30am to 2:00pm

The North Shore Historical Assembly, which the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society hosted two years ago, was so well received that we have decided to stage a similar event this year, with a focus on Northwestern Ontario’s history.

We have invited several of the region’s leading historians working in a variety of areas to give us short vignettes of their current work. You are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Speakers include:

Mark Chochla: “James M. Shaver and Fort William’s Wesley Institute, 1912-1921”

Nick Sottile: “One-Trick Ponies: A Comparative Analysis of the Development of Two Single-Industry Towns in NW Ontario”

David Battistel: “Gunflint and Lake Superior Railroad/Pigeon River Lumber Company”

Beth Boegh: “Thunder Bay Ethnic Archives Project”

Roy Piovesana: “The People of Fort Williams East End, 1907-1969. An Overview”

Jesse Roberts: “Beg, Borrow, or Steal: Victory Loans in the Lakehead 1917-1919”

Beverly Soloway: “Highway 61 Revisited: The Outlaw Bridge and the Scott Highway”

David Ratz: “Northwestern Ontario Military History Research”

Nancy Perozzo: “Preserving Canada’s Grain History Through Thunder Bay”

You are invited to the launch of


by Elinor Barr

Saturday, September 26

2:30pm (immediately following the Historical Assembly)

Dag Blanck of Uppsala University writes that this book “is an important contribution to the history of Swedish immigration to North America. It is the first major overview of Swedish-Canadian history, which is long overdue. Elinor Barr is to be congratulated for bringing both attention and visibility to this immigrant group in the larger Canadian mosaic.” [University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 576 Pages 25 Images]

Historical Assembly and Book Launch Co-Sponsored by:


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