Talks on a wide range of topics are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum from September to April. Light refreshments are served after the speaker’s presentation. Please note that members of the Thunder Bay Museum receive advance notice of all lectures.

2018 Thunder Bay Museum lecture series is sponsored by:


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: Michael Moir (University Archivist, York University)

Topic: The Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company in the Era of the First World War

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: Douglas Hunter (author, artist, historian)

Topic: The Story behind the Beardmore Relics: How the sensational discovery of a Viking grave in northern Ontario became a major museum controversy when it was exposed as a hoax (Sponsored by Lakehead University, Department of History)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: Sean Smith (Senior Archivist, Archives of Ontario)

Topic: Treaty 9: The James Bay Treaty (Sponsored by Lakehead University, Department of History)


Just a few of the topics covered in the past include:

  • The Sinking of the Titanic
  • The Building of the CPR
  • The Lake Superior/Lake Baikal Expedition
  • Whalebacks or Pig Boats of the 1890s
  • Waiting for the Indians at Fort Frances – The Significance of Treaty 3
  • Pictographs of Agawa Rock
  • Pioneer Aviation in Northwest Ontario
  • Climate and History
  • Thunder Bay’s Participation in the Spanish Civil War
  • Graves of the Franklin Expedition
  • The Early Days of Radio in Thunder Bay
  • The Graveyard of Ships, Shipwrecks in Thunder Bay Harbour