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City Launches Waterfront History Virtual Exhibit

August 16, 2011 – The City of Thunder Bay launched a new online historical exhibit today at the City Archives. In complement to the developments of Thunder Bay’s waterfront, the exhibit highlights the Waterfront as both a park and harbour, and provides documents, photographs and other information detailing this long-time, capital project of the City of Thunder Bay.

Spanning over 40 years, the virtual display provides a detailed chronology from the inception of the Waterfront Project to the mid-2000’s. Citizens can take a virtual tour of the Thunder Bay Waterfront, see the changes and developments from a bird's-eye view through aerial photographs, and much more.

“Waterfront development has long been a topic of interest in Thunder Bay, and this display provides historical context for that development,” said Matt Szybalski, City Corporate Records Manager and Archivist.

“We were fortunate to have the assistance of someone who is a candidate for a Master of Archival Studies Degree and a resident of Thunder Bay on this project.”

Much of the research for this exhibit was prepared by Jessica Flank, a student hired under the City’s Summer Student Employment Program, along with staff at the City Archives. These programs are a great opportunity for young people to gain experience with historical research and writing for the public.

The exhibit is compiled from information held at the City of Thunder Bay Archives, the Thunder Bay Public Library, the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, Lakehead University Library Archives, and published sources. The aerial photographs are from the City’s Planning Division.

For more information, and to view other web exhibits, visit:

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Contact: Matt Szybalski, Corporate Records Manager / Archivist, 625-3390