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)

October 27 Ted Glenn: Embedded: The incredible story of two journalists, a burlesque star and the expedition to oust Louis Riel.  – ONLINE ONLY

November 24 — Cathy Woodbeck : Thunder Bay Multicultural Association – ONLINE ONLY

January 26 — Student Session-(TBD)  

February 23 — CAMAT Partnership- (TBD)

March 23 — Iain Angus: 100th Anniversary of Chippewa Park

The lecture series takes a break for the spring and summer and resume in September.


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”
  • Feb 2020: John Mason: “Northwestern Ontario: A Mining Powerhouse”
  • Sept 22: Peter Raffo: “Saul Laskin, Man and Politician”

Check out our Museum Oddities Lecture recorded for Culture Days 2020.  This lecture features artifacts from the Museum’s collection that are, well, odd to have.