Every year the Thunder Bay Museum holds a special Taste of History dinner. This history-themed event takes place around a particular event, person, or period in the past, and the evening is complete with a menu prepared from the time-period and a speaker related to the theme. Past themes have included: Titanic, Shakespeare, the Fur Trade, the silent film era, and the War of 1812.

PAST DINNERS

A TASTE OF HISTORY 2016

April 22, 2016

Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre

This dinner celebrated the bicentennial of the writing of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein with a lecture entitled, “The Frankenstein Syndrome and the Modern World”.

Our special guest speaker, Dr. Allan Weiss, is a professor at York University and chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has presented at conferences around the world including papers such as “Science, Science Fiction, and the Environment” and “Beyond Human: Fading Boundaries between Human and Machine in Canadian Science Fiction“.

A TASTE OF HISTORY 2015

May 15, 2015

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

This dinner discussed the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth with a lecture entitled, “Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies”.

Our special guest speaker for this event, Professor Patrice Dutil, is president of the Champlain Society, a member of the council of the Friends of Sir John A. Macdonald, a frequent public affairs commentator on national radio and television, a contributor to the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press and La Presse, and a panelist on TFO’s weekly program “360”. His recent publications include: Sir John A. Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies (2014), and Canada, 1911: The Decisive Election that Shaped the Century (2011).

A TASTE OF ARCHITECTURE

April 25, 2014

Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre

This dinner highlighted the unique history of architecture in Thunder Bay with a lecture entitled, “What Makes Thunder Bay’s Architecture So Consistently Great“.

Our special guest speaker was Shannon Kyles, professor of architecture at Mohawk College and architecture commentator on CBC Radio’s Fresh Air on Saturday mornings. Shannon is also the moderator of www.ontarioarchitecture.com.