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.

2020 Thunder Bay Museum lecture series is sponsored by:


(Sponsored by Lakehead University, Department of History)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: John Mason

Topic: “Northwestern Ontario: A Mining Powerhouse”

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 8:00pm

Speaker: Riley Yesno

Topic: “Indigenous Women in Canada and MMIWG (Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls)”



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

Sept 2018: Michael Moir: James Fraser Paige and the Rise of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company

Oct 2018: Douglas Hunter: Beardmore – The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History

Nov 2018: Sean Smith: “This treaty has been wrinkled for more than 100 years” (Treaty 9 at Archives of Ontario)

Jan 2019: Student session: Nick Duplessis, Jasmine Hyslop, Holly Fleming, Hudson Kunicky

Feb 2019: John Stephenson, on the construction and architecture of grain elevators.

Mar 2019: Nathan Hatton, on injuries in sports.

Special May 2019: Mark Kuhlberg: “Where Have All the Abitibis Gone – Comparing the History of Pulp and Paper in Canada and Finland”

Sept 2019: Krista McCracken: “Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Residential School Site”

Oct 2019: David Kemp: “No 2 Elementary Flying Training School – Fort William’s contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan”

Nov 2019: Students session: Mary Francis Maarup, Sarah Somerville, Jennifer Blenkarn

Jan 2020: Greg Wright: “Timbers, Textiles, Traditions: The Story of North House Folk School”