The Department of History is please to be part of the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Annual Conference and General Meeting to be held in Thunder Bay in Auguste 2019. The theme this year is Lower Lakes, Upper Lakes: Connecting Maritime Heritage.
The Upper Great Lakes have been significantly impacted by transportation systems that merged water with land. The westerly movement of people, manufactured goods, and coal led to the easterly shipment of grain and iron ore. Settlements emerged where steamships could connect with railways, with an infrastructure of elevators, freight sheds, and port-related industries such as dry docks and shipbuilding. Shipping and port activities left a rich legacy of memory, artifacts, and documents that have begun to fade with the transition of these waterfront communities to residential and recreational uses.
More information to come.