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Explore Local Heritage during Culture Days

September 28, 2011 – The City of Thunder Bay is encouraging the public to drop by the City Archives this weekend as part of the second annual Culture Days event that will showcase a wide range of arts and cultural activities thorought the city.

This year’s Culture Days also provides a great opportunity to explore Thunder Bay’s local heritage, and City Archives staff will be on hand to help the public discover how to research home’s heritage and provide examples of archival sources that can be used to trace home’s history.

Aerial photographs will be displayed that show how neighbourhoods looked in the past. Members of the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee will be onhand to dispell the mystery of the difference between having a property listed on the heritage register and having it designated a heritage property. There will also be a photo gallery of some of Thunder Bay’s designated properties. The City Archives will be open between 1 pm and 4 pm on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame will also be celebrating Culture Days on Saturday, October 1 from 12 noon to 5 pm with a Community Open House and Book Launch.  There will be a seek-and-discover exhibit gallery trivia challenge and sport-theme crafts.  Local authour Dave Nicholson will also be on hand to officially launch his book Gamble in Goal: Bruce Gamble's Life in Hockey. 

Finally, the Thunder Bay Museum will be launching two new books on Sunday, October 2 from 2 - 4 pm, titled "A History of Soda Pop Manufacturers in Northwestern Ontario and the Bottles They Used" by Wayne Pettit, and "Museum Encounters: Chronicles of a Visitor Services Employee" by Monica Belluz. Refreshments will be served.

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