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1821 in Rainy Lake House: Twilight Year of the Fur Trade
This online conference of learners from Minnesota, Manitoba, Ontario and beyond takes a deep dive into the book Rainy Lake House and what happened in the fur trade from 1821-1823. Attendees can choose one or multiple sessions of the conference.
Written by Theodore Catton and published in 2017, Rainy Lake House weaves together the captivating stories of three men who cast their fortunes in different ways with the western fur trade. Catton creates a vivid depiction of the beautiful and dangerous northern frontier from a collision of vantage points: American, British and Indian; imperial, capital and labor; explorer, trader and hunter. The physical setting of the book extends from the Northwest Company Post at Fort William, west along the international boundary to the Red River Valley and east through the Great Lakes to Montreal and London, England.
Presenters are David Shepard (Fort William Historical Park), Bill Hennessey (author of Pemmican Man), Michael De Jong (Thunder Bay Museum), Ted Catton (historian and author of Rainy Lake House), Gwen Danfelt (Drury Lane Books), Carolyn Dry (Native Perspectives), Tom McCann and John Gustafson (Historic Sites)
Register at reg126.imperisoft.com.
It is required that attendees have read the book prior to attending the conference.