Awards

Publications Awards

The Awards

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s Publications Awards are given out for the best publications dealing with the history of Northwestern Ontario. They fall into four categories:

  • M. Elizabeth Arthur Award: full-length scholarly works
  • J.P. Bertrand Award: scholarly articles
  • Gertrude H. Dyke Award: full-length popular works, and
  • George B. Macgillivray Award: popular articles

A great many excellent books and articles, both popular and scholarly, are written about the history of our region each year, yet so many authors of these works struggle for recognition. These awards are intended to help publicize such works, to recognize the excellence of local writers, and to encourage new authors to write about our history. The awards are made by independent panels of judges in each category.

2013 Nominees

Elizabeth Arthur Award: (Academic full length)

  • WINNER:  John Long, Treaty No. 9 (McGill Queens University Press, 2010)
  • Michel S. Beaulieu, Labour at the Lakehead: Ethnicity, Socialism, and Politics, 1900-35. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.

J.P. Bertrand Award: (Academic article)

  • WINNER:  Mark Kuhlberg, “”Mr. Burk is Most Interested in Their Welfare”: J.G. Burk’s Campaign to Help the Anishinabeg of NW Ontario, 1923-1953,” Journal of Canadian Studies (Winter 2010)
  • Steve Ross. APragmatism and Prejudice: The Wartime Transfer of Japanese Canadians in Northern Ontario, 1942.@ TBHMS Papers and Records. 2010.
  • Jean Morrison, “To Promote the Interest and Security of the North West Company: Canada’s Fur Trade and the War of 1812,” Ontario History (Spring 2012)
  • John Potestio, “The Experience of Italians at the Lakehead during the Second World War Years,” in Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian Canadians by Licia Canton et al (Guernica, 2012)
  • Michel S. Beaulieu, “Reacting to the Workers’ Revolt: The Lakehead and the Winnipeg General Strike,” Left History (Spring/Summer 2009)

Gertrude H. Dyke Award: (Popular full-length)

  • WINNER:  James R. Stevens, Wild On The Superior Shore: A Romance Of Settlers 1850 -1900.
  • Roy Piovesana, Italians of Fort William’s East End, 1907-1969
  • Michel S. Beaulieu and Chris Southcott. North of Superior: An Illustrated History of Northwestern Ontario. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 2010.

George B. Macgillivray Award: (Popular article)

  • WINNER:  Elle Andra-Warner, “In the Valley of the Slate River: A Farm Community Thrives,” in Lake Superior Magazine, (June-July 2011)
  • Robert C. Mazur, “SS Dunelm and Port Arthur: First Rescue by ‘Wireless'” in TBHMS Papers & Records (2010)
  • William Hryb, AMining Developments in Northwestern Ontario,@ in Canadian Sailings (April 16, 2012)

2011 Nominees

M. Elizabeth Arthur Award:

  • WINNER: Labour Pains, Thunder Bay’s Working Class in Canada’s Wheat Boom, by Jean Morrison (Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2009).
  • Canadian Car & Foundry Aircraft Production at Fort William on the Eve of World War II, by Jonathan Grenville Kirton (Thunder Bay: Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2009).

J.P. Bertrand Award:

  • WINNER: “A Study of the Strike at Canada Safeway by Local 175 of the UFCW,” by William Vinh-Doyle. In Essays in Northwestern Ontario Working Class History: Thunder Bay and its Environs, edited by Michel Beaulieu (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, Northern and Regional Studies Series #16, 2008), 297-326.
  • “Finnish Kanadalainen Sosialismi: Towards an Understanding of Finnish-Canadian Socialist Activity, 1900-1935,” by Michel Beaulieu. In Faravid, Pohjois-Suomen Historiallisen Yhdistyksen Vuosikirja XXXIII (Rovaniemi, 2009), 107-25.
  • “‘A Socialist Movement which does not Attract the Women Cannot Live’: The Strength of Finnish Socialist Women in Port Arthur, 1903-1933,” by Samira Saramo. In Essays in Northwestern Ontario Working Class History: Thunder Bay and its Environs, edited by Michel Beaulieu (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, Northern and Regional Studies Series #16, 2008), 177-95.
  • “Old Economy/New Economy Transitions and Shifts in Demographic and Industrial Patterns in Northern Ontario,” by Chris Southcott. In Transition in Marginal Zones in the Age of Globalization:Case Studies from the North and South, edited by Thomas Dunk (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, Northern and Regional Studies Series #18, 2010), 63-94.
  • “Reacting to the Workers’ Revolt: The Lakehead and the Winnipeg General Strike” by Michel Beaulieu. In Left History 14:1 (Spring/Summer 2009), 8-32.
  • “The Politics of Planning for Atikaki, 1972-1983,” by George Warecki. In Ontario History 102:1 (Spring 2010), 56-77
  • “A Warning to Other Towns: The 1906 Fort William Typhoid Epidemic,” by Mark Chochla. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVII (2009), 3-26.

Gertrude H. Dyke Award:

  • WINNER: Dance is on Fire. By Neil McQuarrie (Fort Frances: Dance Fire Memorial Committee, 2008).
  • We Were Not Worried at Dinner Time,” The October 1938 Forest Fires and the Last Frontier on the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods Borderland. By Harl A. Dalstrom anbd Kay Calame Dalstrom (Emo: Rainy River District Women’s Institute Museum, 2009).
  • 1884-2009 Responding To Unmet Needs: 125 Years of Care in the Community. By Peter Raffo (St. Joseph’s Care Group, 2009).
  • Last Best Places: Storytelling about Thunder Bay’s Historic Buildings. By Tania L. Saj (River Rocks Publishing, 2009).
  • Where the Heck is Jellicoe? by Lise A. Koning (Jellicoe Recreation Club, 2007).
  • Dryden: Little City on the Wabigoon, 1910-2010 (Dryden Museum, 2009)

George B. Macgillivray Award:

  • WINNER: “A Memorial Society’s Struggle with the Funeral Industry ,” by Eleanor Dolores Dickey. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVI (2008), 53-67.
  • “Theatre and Music on Ontario’s Frontier, 1876-1907″ by F. Brent Scollie. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVI (2008), 24-52.
  • “Prima In Lacubus: Over a Century of Naval Activity at the Lakehead,” by Chelsea DeGagne, Michel S. Beaulieu and David Ratz in Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVII (2009), 46-59.
  • “The Wobblies,” by Donna Jeanpierre. In Lakehead University Magazine, Spring/Summer 2010.
  • “A Summer on the Boats,” by Margaret Lorimer. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVII (2009), 60-64.
  • “Jackfish Memories: Once it had a Railroad … Now It’s Done,” by Lyle Nicol in Lake Superior Magazine, Feb.-Mar. 2009.
  • “The McKinnons: The Grain Trimmers of Thunder Bay,” by William Hryb in Canadian Sailings, Jan. 1, 2007.

2009 Winners & Nominees

M. Elizabeth Arthur Award:

  • Insufficient nominations

J.P. Bertrand Award:

  • WINNER: “‘We did it just for Fun': Amateur Filmmaking at the Lakehead, 1929-1930,” by Michel S. Beaulieu, in Ontario History XCIX:2 (Autumn 2007): 168-189.

Other works nominated:

  • “Situating a Rifle Range on the Fort William Indian Reserve, 1905-1914,” by P. Whitney Lackenbauer. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVI (2006)
  • “The Impact of the Hudson’s Bay Company on the Creation of Treaty Number Nine,” by David Calverley, in Ontario History 98:1 (2006): 30-51.
  • “Internment Camp R at Red Rock,” by Ernest R. Zimmermann. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVII (2007)

Gertrude H. Dyke Award:

  • CO-WINNER: Aviation in Thunder Bay. By Jim Lyzun (The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2007)
  • CO-WINNER: A Bit of a Legend in These Parts: The Life of Betty Berger Lessard. by Neil McQuarrie (NJM Enterprises, 2007)

Other works nominated:

  • A History of Finnish Businesses in the Thunder Bay Area. Edited by Martti Kajorinne (The Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society, 2006)
  • Schoolmarm. by Penny Petrone. (Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2007)
  • Fort Lac la Pluie of the North West Company, 177?-1821. by Merv Ahrens (Fort Frances Times Ltd., 2006)

George B. Macgillivray Award:

  • WINNER: “Sgt. Joe Hicks’ War,” by Bob Ingraham. In Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers & Records XXXVII (2007)

Other works nominated:

  • “The Grain Industry in Thunder Bay: Port longs for good old glory days,” by William Hryb. In Canadian Sailings, September 18, 2006
  • “When Rats Ruled the Rink: How the Smallest Town in Hockey Won the Stanley Cup,” by Jim Chliboyko. Beaver Magazine (April/May 2006)

2007 Winners and Nominees

M. Elizabeth Arthur Award:

  • WINNER: K.C.A. Dawson, Original People and Euro Canadians in Northwestern Ontario: The Road West, the Hinge of a Developing State (Thunder Bay: Lakehead University Centre for Northern Studies, 2004)

Other works nominated:

  • Philip Girard, Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life (Toronto: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2005)

J.P. Bertrand Award:

  • WINNER: Jayne Elliott, “Blurring the Boundaries of Space: Shaping Nursing Lives at the Red Cross Outposts in Ontario, 1922-1945″ in Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 21 #4 (2004), 303-25

Other works nominated:

  • Michel Beaulieu, “The Best Picture Ever Made in Canada? Thunder Bay Films Limited and The Devil Bear” in Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 14, #2 (Fall 2005) 18-37
  • Helen Smith and Pam Wakewich, “’I Was Not Afraid of Work’: Female War Plant Employees and Their Work Environment.” In Robert C. Thomsen and Nanette L. Hale, eds. Canadian Environments: Essays in Culture, Politics and History, Canadian Studies No. 2. (Bruxelles: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2005), 229-247.
  • John S. Long, “How the Commissioners Explained Treaty Number 9 to the Ojibway and Cree in 1905,” Ontario History (Spring, 2006)
  • Edward J. Hedican, “Understanding Emotional Experience in Fieldwork: Responding to Grief in a Northern Aboriginal Village,” International Journal of Quantitative Methods 5:1 (March 2006)

Gertrude H. Dyke Award:

  • WINNER: Peter Raffo, 1934-2004 Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital From Institution to Community A Transformation of Psychiatric Hospital Services (Thunder Bay: St. Joseph’s Care Group, 2005)

Other works nominated:

  • John Potestio, Italians in Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay: Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University, 2004)
  • Our Storied Past: The Legacy of Conmee Township (Kakabeka Falls: Corp. of the Township of Conmee, 2003)
  • Thorold Tronrud and David Nicholson, Thunder Bay Quiz Book (TBHMS 2005)

George B. Macgillivray Award:

  • WINNER: Kathryn Lyzun, “Wendell Beckwith,” in TBSource, December 2-9, 2005

Other works nominated:

  • Mike Southon and Bruce Pynn, “Lord Stanley’s Bottles” in Canadian Bottle and Stoneware Collector, 9, #3 (Nov. 2004), 28-33
  • Jean Morrison, “Cobalt Agitators Stir Up Lakehead Union Interest” in Highgrader Magazine, Fall/Christmas 2005, 22-26
  • Wayne Pettit, “Old Town Soda: The History of Coca-Cola in Thunder Bay” in Soda Pop Dreams Magazine Vol. 9, No. 40 (Spring 2006)
  • Elle Andra-Warner, “Up in the Air: The Lake Superior Link to Bush Plane History,” in Lake Superior Magazine (April-May 2006)

2005 Winners

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is pleased to announce the winners of its 2005 Publications Awards. A great many excellent books and articles, both popular and scholarly, are written about the history of our region each year, yet so many authors of these works struggle for recognition. These awards are intended to help publicize such works, to recognize the excellence of local writers, and to encourage new authors to write about our history. The awards were given out in four categories: for full-length scholarly and popular works and for scholarly and popular articles. The winners are chosen by independent panels of judges in each category.

And the Winners of the 2005 awards were:

M. Elizabeth Arthur Award

  • Lake Superior to Rainy Lake:Three Centuries of Fur Trade History, by Jean Morrison (published by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, 2003)

J.P. Bertrand Award:

  • “‘Nothing it seems can be done about it’, Charlie Cox, Indian Affairs Timber Policy, and the Long Lac Reserve, 1924-1940,” by Mark Kuhlberg (in Canadian Historical Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2003)

Gertrude H. Dyke Award:

  • Fort Frances: A Story of a Town and it’s People by Neil McQuarrie (published by the Fort Frances Museum, 2003)

George B. Macgillivray Award:

  • “The Great Map” by D’Arcy Jenish (in The Beaver, March 2004)

Future Awards

Nominations are open for the next Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Publications Awards program. Books and articles must have been published within the past three years to qualify.

Nominations can be submitted to: 425 Donald Street East, Thunder Bay, Ont. P7E 5V1