Public Lecture: “The Fur Trader’s Table: A ‘Bill of Fare’ From 18th Century Rupert’s Land”

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) and Online
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.

Join us on 24 October to hear alumna and contract lecture Beverly Soloway discuss “The Fur Trader’s Table” A ‘Bill of Fare’ From 18th Century Rupert’s Land.” 

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.

This presentation will be in-person and online. Complete information and how to register to attend virtually can be found at

This presentation is part of the 2023-24 Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society’s Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of History.  Since 1908, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society has been regularly holding talks on a wide range of topics on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East) from September to April. All presentations are free and open to the public.