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Thunder Bay Museum – Bev Soloway – The Fur Trader’s Table: A “Bill of Fare” from 18th Century Rupert’s Land

October 24, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This will be an in-person event that is free to view.  The lecture will be broadcast live via ZOOM for those who cannot attend in person and it will be recorded then posted to the Museum’s YouTube at a later date.  


135 years before Fort William was built, the Hudson’s Bay Company was sending fur traders to the meager posts dotting the Hudson and James Bays coastline. These men were predominantly from Scotland’s northern Orkney Islands. When the annual ship from Britain arrived in the north, it brought imported food that was expected to last the year, supplemented with local foodstuffs from around the posts. The Fur Traders’ Table takes a closer look at what imported and local foods were eaten, as well as to what extent the men sustained old world foodways while experiencing new world resources.

Speaker Bio:

Beverly Soloway, from Lakehead University’s History Department, has extensively investigated foodways during the HBC’s early years in the Sub-Arctic. Teaching Canadian history at Lakehead University, her interests include exploring how Canadians live within their time and place, including roles played by society, gender, and food.

  • Free Museum Admission during the event
  • Refreshments will be available

This lecture session is part of a the Society’s long tradition of holding free public lectures. 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.  

2023-2024 Thunder Bay Museum lecture series is sponsored by the Lakehead University Department of History.  


October 24, 2023
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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