Three exhibits are located on the third floor of the Thunder Bay Museum in the Charlotte McGillivray Murphy Rooms. Here you will find a gallery dedicated to our rich musical heritage, an exhibit of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario’s military history, and works by local artists in the Antechamber Gallery.
In this new exhibit, we present you with dozens of anonymous historical photographs. These photos have been donated to the Museum over the last forty years and capture over one hundred years’ worth of local history through the faces of the people that lived here. This exhibit encourages feedback from visitors – we do not know who these people are, but perhaps you do. Along with these photographs are several displays of interesting cameras and other photographic equipment from the museum’s permanent collection.
MUSIC TO OUR EARS: NOTES FROM THUNDER BAY’S MUSICAL PAST
This exhibit is a comprehensive collection of musicians and bands throughout Thunder Bay’s history. From the earliest brass band (dating from the late 1870s) to the most modern rock group, they are all here in picture, artifact or song. Consult our detailed computerized database that now contains over 600 entries and continues to grow. It is the most comprehensive of its kind. Included are such well-known Thunder Bay musicians as Bobby Curtola, Paul Shaffer, The Golden Dogs, Suzanne Hou, the Fort William Male Choir, Jon Vickers, Karina Long, The Negatives, Tommy Horricks, Hugh LeCaine, Tyler Yarema, Billy Ziegel, Myrna Lorrie, Buddy DeVal, Don Grashey, Jerry Palmer, The Ryde, Rodney Brown, Cosimo Filane, Flipper Flanagan’s Flat Footed Four, and hundreds of others. The exhibit also includes a variety of instruments such as a beautiful, hand-crafted accordion made by Mr. Baldovin of Fort William, and an Irish lute harp circa 1809 that was brought to Canada in 1924.
STAND ON GUARD: OUR MILITARY HERITAGE
Military power in Northwestern Ontario began with the War of 1812 but the first formal military unit was created in 1885 (later known as the Lake Superior Regiment), and others followed–army, navy, and air force–particularly in the two World Wars. The honours achieved by local soldiers are second to none.
Some of the uniforms on display include:
- that of Charles McLennan, 96th District of Algoma Battalion of rifles, 1887
- the First World War flying suit used by Alfred Coombs
- that of Col. Robert Keane who lead the LSR during the Second World War
- Red Cross uniforms worn by Mary Miller during the Second World War
Other notable artifacts include:
- First World War German machine gun
- First World War LSR brass band drum also used in Second World War
- Second World War mine detector