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:


(Sponsored by Lakehead University, Department of History)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Speakers: Jasmine Hyslop, Hudson Kunicky, Holly Fleming and Nicholas Duplesis

Topics: The Port Arthur Mechanics Institute, 1876-1911

A People’s History: Slate Falls Through Memory and Material, 1840s-1980s

Understanding Indigenous History through an Emotional Lens in Canoe River, Lac Seul First Nation

The Lakehead’s Reaction to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: John Stephenson (architect)

Topic: The Architecture of Thunder Bay’s Grain Elevators

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 8:o0pm

Speaker: Nathan Hatton (Lakehead University)

Topic: A History of Sports and Sport Injuries

Special Lecture: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Mark Kuhlberg, (Laurentian University)

Topic: Where Have all The Abitibis Gone: Comparing the History of Pulp and Paper in Canada and Finland


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