Dr. Thorold Tronrud Adjunct Professor of History receives the OHS Cruikshank Medal


The Cruikshank Medal, named after scholar and former General during the First World War, E.A. Cruikshank is awarded to individuals who demonstrated an ongoing dedication to pursuit of history in Ontario.  

Dr. Thorold Tronrud Adjunct Professor of History received the OHS Cruikshank Medal for his contributions to the history of the province. He recently retired from a 35-year career as the CEO of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum; during that time he also served a 15-year term as the editor of the Ontario History Journal (OHJ) for the Ontario History Society.

Dr. Tronrud receiving the Cruikshank Medal was published in December on the local news website  tbnewswatch.com


Dr. C. Nathan Hatton, Assistant Professor, Department of History Publishing a New Chapter


The Department of History shares  that Dr. Hatton has written a chapter for The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm.

Dr. C. Nathan Hatton has written a chapter entitled “’Though he was evidently suffering great pain, he bore it well:’ Public Discourse on Benefits, Risk, and Injury in North American Wrestling, 1880 to 1914.”

Dr. Hatton was notified that the book publication and release of The Palgrave Handbook of Sport, Politics and Harm, ed. Stephen Wagg and Allyson Pollock. London: Palgrave Macmillan, will be forthcoming in the next few months.

We look forward to reading the publication.


Video Documentary from "Saul Laskin, Man and Politician" presented by Dr. Peter Raffo

This documentary about the first Mayor of the city of Thunder Bay, Saul Laskin, was developed from a partnership between the Thunder Bay Museum (TBHMS), ShebaFilms, and the Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple called "The Reel Memories of the Lakehead Project".

Dr. Peter Raffo, Adjunct and Professor Emeritus, Department of History delivered a public virtual talk (September 22, 2020) as part of the department's annual sponsored speaker events with the TBHMS entitled "Saul Laskin: Man and Politician". This documentary compiles the recording of that speaker's event, archival film scanned as part of The Reel Memories Project, and photographs from the Thunder Bay Museum’s archive.

Congratulations are given Dr. Peter Raffo, the Thunder Bay Museum, Sheba Films (Kelly Saxberg and Dr. Ronald Harpelle) , and The Reel Memories Project (contributions Department of History from Dr. Nathan Hatton, Dr. Thomas Peotto, History graduate student Kaitlin Green).

To view the TBHMS website release of the film documentary, please click here.