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Online Event, Niagara Parks

Old Fort Erie Speaker Series: Life Beyond the Fort

Dive into Niagara’s fascinating history and look past the daily mundane to see the power of our stories in the good times and the bad.
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Old Fort Erie Speaker Series: Life Beyond the Fort

Look past the daily mundane to discover fascinating stories in Canadian history you likely haven’t come across before. Join three notable speakers as they reflect on their time at Old Fort Erie and share how their time at the Fort ultimately impacted their experiences, studies, papers, dissertations and doctorates.

The Old Fort Erie Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets are $15 per event, or $35 for the series. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions that begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Speakers

Adam Shoalts

The Whisper on the Night Wind: Investigating a Historical Mystery from Labrador
April 20

Jesse Abbott

Soldiers on the Niagara frontier
May 11

Kathy Powell

Exploring Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management
June 8

A photo of the Mystery of Traverspine River

Adam Shoalts
The Whisper on the Night Wind: Investigating the Mystery of Traverspine

April 20, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Join professional adventurer and bestselling author Adam Shoalts in a riveting discussion about his latest adventure near the foothills of the remote Mealy Mountains in central Labrador. Dive into a fascinating saga of exploration as Adam shares his thrilling experience investigating the haunted little settlement and ghostly ruins of Traverspine.

About the speaker

Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer, explorer-in-residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and bestselling author. His expeditions have taken him everywhere from the jungles of the Amazon to the tundra of the High Arctic. A trained cartographer, historian and archaeologist, Adam holds a PhD from McMaster University and has done archaeological work in four countries, including at Old Fort Erie National Historic Site. In 2017, he completed a nearly 4,000-kilometre solo journey across Canada’s Arctic, a story he recounts in his national bestselling book Beyond the Trees. Adam is also the author of A History of Canada in 10 Maps and Alone Against the North.

Jesse Abbott
Soldiers on the Niagara frontier

May 11, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Join historian Jesse Abbott in this eye-opening session about soldiers on the Niagara frontier. Discover what life was like for soldiers during the War of 1812 and the immediate post-war period. Find out how martial masculinity and alcohol impacted the British army during such crucial times in Niagara’s history.

About the speaker

Jesse Abbott is a PhD Candidate in Canadian History at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. Julia Roberts. He studies a variety of topics in the pre-Confederation period, including masculinity, race and alcohol. Prior to his time at Waterloo, Jesse earned his bachelor and master of arts degrees in History from Brock University. His research examined relations between the British army and their Indigenous allies during the War of 1812. While at Brock, Jesse spent his summers working as a historical interpreter at Old Fort Erie, giving tours and manning artillery. His time there inspired a love of history, and a particular interest in the War of 1812.

Multiple soldiers marching on Soldier Day
A photo of a book on household management sitting on a wooden table

Kathleen Powell
Exploring Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management

June 8, 7:00 P.M. – $15

Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management has been an iconic publication for over a century and has taken generations of aspiring household managers on a 2040-page look at all things in the domestic sphere. The book is still available in print 161 years after its first release. Join local historian Kathleen Powell as she walks through her year with Mrs. Beeton and her famous book.

About the speaker

Kathleen Powell is the Supervisor of Historical Services at the City of St. Catharines. In her role, she oversees the operations at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, the Morningstar Mill and the Lakeside Park Carousel. Kathleen studied history at Brock University and museum studies with the Ontario Museum Association. A lifelong resident of the Niagara Region, her nearly 30 years of historical adventures have taken Kathleen from the kitchen at Old Fort Erie to the St. Catharines Museum with many stops in museums and historic sites along the way.