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Marcus Agombar

Member Survey

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The Thunder Bay Museum is surveying its members to gain feedback and learn the preferences of its members on new initiatives.

To begin the member survey, please click the button below to be redirected to our Google Form.



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Research Bursary 2021

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The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is currently seeking applicants for the Professor Ken Dawson Research Trust Bursary. The bursary is in aid of those doing original research on some aspect of the history of Northwestern Ontario. Contact the Museum’s Executive Director, Scott Bradley for more information. Applications must be post marked by 30 June 2021.

Ken Dawson, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Lakehead University, passed away on July 24, 2009. He was a longtime supporter of the historical community in Northwestern Ontario and the author of numerous books and articles on the region’s past including The Prehistory of Northern Ontario which we published in 1983. Ken was active in the Society’s revival in the late 1960s and early 1970s and in giving the Society a strong archaeological focus at the time. He helped to make known the archaeology of this part of North America.

Ken Dawson

Call for Nominations – 2021

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Every second year the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society holds its Publications Awards. We are currently seeking nominations of books and articles, both academic and popular, that deal with some aspect of Northwestern Ontario’s history and that have been published in the past three years. If you know of a publication that is worthy of an award, contact the Museum’s Executive Director, Scott Bradley. If you are nominating one of your own works, we will require three copies of it for distribution to the judges.

Nominations close on 30 June 2021.  More information about the Society’s Publications Awards can be found here:


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Saul Laskin: Man and Politician

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This documentary about the first Mayor of Thunder Bay, Saul Laskin was developed from a partnership between the Thunder Bay Museum, ShebaFilms, and the Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple called the Reel Memories of the Lakehead Project.

On 22 September 2020, Dr. Peter Raffo gave a lecture about Saul Laskin to the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society. It is the recording of that lecture, archival film scanned as part of the Reel Memories project, and photographs from the Thunder Bay Museum’s archive that were combined to into the documentary.