History Day 2014

History Day is almost upon us!

On Sunday, August 17th, 2014 the society will be hosting this great event at the historic Silver Mountain Station, located 45 minutes southwest of Thunder Bay at the intersection of Highways 588 and 593. The formal portion of the festivities will begin at 2:00 with greetings and presentations. Food and refreshments will be available, with the proceeds benefiting the society.

This year’s event will feature two very interesting guest speakers. Nancy Perozzo, with the Friends of Grain Elevators, will be describing her organization’s efforts to preserve the history of those iconic structures in Thunder Bay. Bruce Kerfoot is the owner of the Gunflint Lodge in Minnesota and was born and raised on the lake. He will be sharing with us his experiences of growing up surrounded by the history and culture of the area.

Please join us and learn more about the history of our area. For more information, please call the station at or email info@silvermountainhs.ca

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Annual General Meeting 2014

On Saturday, March 22, 2014 the society will be holding its annual general meeting. The meeting will take place at the Kakabeka Legion (just east of Kakabeka Falls on Highway 11/17) at 1:00pm.

Current and new members are welcome to attend; however only paid members will have voting privileges. 2014 memberships can paid at the meeting. Any 2013 memberships will be carried over to the current year and all 2013/2014 memberships will expire on December 31, 2014.

Highlights of the meeting will include a review of 2013 activities, a financial statement, updates on society projects and an opportunity for questions and answers. As well, the society currently has a vacancy at the position of secretary on the board of directors. Individuals interested in the position should forward their name to shelley@silvermountainhs.ca.

In the meantime, please read the latest society newsletter: SMHS Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Hope to see you all on March 22nd!


History Day 2013

History Day is almost upon us!

On Saturday, August 10th, 2013 the society will be hosting this great event at the historic Silver Mountain Station, located 45 minutes southwest of Thunder Bay at the intersection of Highways 588 and 593. The formal portion of the festivities will begin at 2:00 with greetings, presentations and music. A dinner buffet is available afterwards for $25 per person, $5 of which will be going directly to the society.

Please join us and learn more about the history of our area. For more information, please call the station at (807) 475-4406 or email info@silvermountainhs.ca

History Day 2013


Our next big event!

August 10th, 2013 1-5pm.
Take a drive out to the Silver Mountain Station and learn about the history of the Silver Mountain Area at our 2nd Annual History Day. Come and join local historians, enthusiasts, artists and musicians as they celebrate our unique story in word and song. Greetings, presentations and music will take place between 2:00 and 3:30 (dinner buffet is available for an additional cost).
The Silver Mountain Station is located approximately 54 kilometres southwest of Thunder Bay at the intersection of Highway 588 and Highway 593. It was built in 1907 and is the last remaining station along the historic Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway.
More information will be coming soon. Stay tuned! In the meantime, please visit the Facebook event posting:

Why not join us?

The society has been in existence for more than eight months and it is now time to expand and publicize our organization. While we do have a solid core of supporters, we are looking for more people to back our efforts. In addition, the financial contributions of members are critical components of our operations and projects.

Several society events are in the planning stages for this summer. A horseback ride along area trails is scheduled for the beginning of July. In August, the society is sponsoring the 2nd Annual History Day at the Silver Mountain Station. Please check back for more details as they become available.

The society continues to push ahead with two important historic projects in the area. Progress has been made in the Dorothea Mitchell Highway 593 memorial dedication-we hope to have some updates in the very near future. Efforts continue in the North-Gunflint Lakes Historic Corridor preservation, albeit very slowly. Other projects are in the works, and they will proceed as time and funds allow.

Please consider joining us. If you are already a member, please let your friends and family know about the society. Help us preserve history!

Dave Battistel

SMHS Spring 2013 Newsletter

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A Great Weekend!

This past weekend the society made its first big public splash at the 15th Annual Thunder Bay Home and Garden Show. This three-day event attracts tens of thousands of visitors and was an excellent opportunity to showcase our organization.

Our presence at the show was made possible through the efforts of society Co-President Shelley Simon. Shelley had rented a booth for the Silver Mountain Station and graciously offered to allow the society to share the space. We had a bit of a mad rush the week before to get materials ordered for this event with our new logo, such as a banner, brochures and business cards. With the help of expedited service, everything thankfully arrived well in advance, though I did have to hustle on Friday after work to get it to the show on time.

Shelley, like the trooper she is, manned the booth all weekend. I joined her for a good part of the day on Saturday and society Director Kyle Duckworth stepped up on Sunday. I can only speak for the day I was there, but there was a steady stream of traffic by our location. We quickly went through our supply of brochures and had to fall back on using business cards!

The people who stopped by were genuinely curious about the Silver Mountain and Area Historical Society, and we did get a lot of folks who were eager to share their stories of the area. If anything, the show raised our awareness in the community, especially since we are such a new organization. Hopefully this will lead to a larger membership base in the future. I’m already looking forward to our upcoming events!

The society banner goes up, April 2013.

The society banner goes up, April 2013.

SMHS and Silver Mountain Station side-by-side, April 2013.

SMHS and Silver Mountain Station side-by-side, April 2013.

The start of Day 2, April 2013.

The start of Day 2, April 2013.

Visitors to the booth, April 2013.

Visitors stopping by, April 2013.

Manning the booth, April 2013.

Manning the booth, April 2013.

Very shortly there will be a board of directors meeting and following that, a society general meeting. This will allow everyone to be brought up to speed on society news and developments. At this time, existing members will have the opportunity to pay their dues and new registrations will also be accepted. Stay tuned for the date, time and location.

Dave Battistel