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Shaped by the Shield: Environment, Identity, and History in Muskoka


by Dr. Andrew Watson
Professor at the University of Saskatchewan


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

4:00 pm

Annex Room – Huntsville Public Library

7 Minerva St East, Huntsville P1H 1P2




MWC invites you to join us for a talk by Dr. Andrew Watson featuring his research about the ways that the environmental realities of the Canadian Shield shaped the rural identity of Muskoka during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


His research, which forms the basis for an upcoming book, examines the transformation of Muskoka from a strictly Indigenous place into a settler colonial society and the rise of tourism, and assesses the ways that social, economic, and environmental changes shaped sustainability and rural identity in the past.


Andrew recently appeared on TVO to talk about the long history of Muskoka cottagers’ dependence on year-round residents. We look forward to discussing this fascinating topic in more detail with Andrew on August 9th.






About Andrew

Andrew Watson
Dr. Andrew Watson is a Professor in the Department of History and the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.


Andrew has a MA in History from Queen’s University, a PhD in History from York University and he is currently writing a book on the environmental history of Muskoka. Andrew cottages on Lake Joseph.







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