Every year the Thunder Bay Museum holds a special Taste of History dinner. This history-themed event takes place around a particular event, person, or period in the past, and the evening is complete with a menu prepared from the time-period and a speaker related to the theme. Past themes have included: Titanic, Shakespeare, the Fur Trade, the silent film era, and the War of 1812.


April 21, 2017

6:00pm Symposium | 7:15pm Dinner

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

Join us in celebrating the past 100 years with A Taste of History, an evening of food and discussion focusing on the year 1917. Our special guest speakers for this event include four local experts who will be presenting short talks on various local and international happenings centred around the year 1917. The speakers include: David Ratz, who will be speaking on Thunder Bay and the War; Michel Beaulieu on the state of Canada; Tory Tronrud on events in Thunder Bay; and Dean Jobin-Evans who will be speaking on the music of the time.

These talks will be paired with a gourmet French meal made from recipes of the time. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for a chance to win some amazing prizes with all proceeds going towards helping the Thunder Bay Museum continue to make history!

Tickets are $65 each, $120 for 2, or $400 for a table of 8.

For tickets or for more information, please call the Museum at (807) 623-0801.


The evening’s menu was served on July 7, 1917, at Albert, France, at a meal attended by serving members of the Australian infantry on the Western Front, some of whom were to die only a few months later. During the First World War, Albert was the main town behind the Allied lines nearest to the 1916 Somme battlefields. It lies on the main road that runs east to Bapaume across those same battlefields, and west to Amiens in the other direction. The town was briefly occupied by the Germans in 1918. Battles at both Somme and Amiens are listed among the honours of the 52nd Battalion (Lake Superior Regiment).


  • Minestrone a la Milanaise
  • Salade de Roquefort

Main courses: (Choose one)

  • Coq au vin
  • Roti de Veau


  • Carlets frits au Citron (Fried carrots with lemon) 
  • Petit Pois a la menthe (Spring peas with mint)
  • Pommes Nouvelles (New potatoes with herb butter roasted)


  • Macedoine de Fruits au Curacao (mixed fruits in Curacao sauce)



April 22, 2016

Airlane Hotel & Conference Centre

This dinner celebrated the bicentennial of the writing of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein with a lecture entitled, “The Frankenstein Syndrome and the Modern World”.

Our special guest speaker was Dr. Allan Weiss, a professor at York University and chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He has presented at conferences around the world including papers such as “Science, Science Fiction, and the Environment” and “Beyond Human: Fading Boundaries between Human and Machine in Canadian Science Fiction“.


May 15, 2015

The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel

This dinner discussed the bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth with a lecture entitled, “Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies”.

Our special guest speaker for this event was Professor Patrice Dutil, president of the Champlain Society, a member of the council of the Friends of Sir John A. Macdonald, a frequent public affairs commentator on national radio and television, a contributor to the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press and La Presse, and a panelist on TFO’s weekly program “360”. His recent publications include: Sir John A. Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies (2014), and Canada, 1911: The Decisive Election that Shaped the Century (2011).


April 25, 2014

Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre

This dinner highlighted the unique history of architecture in Thunder Bay with a lecture entitled, “What Makes Thunder Bay’s Architecture So Consistently Great“.

Our special guest speaker was Shannon Kyles, professor of architecture at Mohawk College and architecture commentator on CBC Radio’s Fresh Air on Saturday mornings. Shannon is also the moderator of www.ontarioarchitecture.com.