Please join us for the Mapmaker book launch and for an opportunity to view Philip Turnor’s map of 1794 after extensive conservation treatment.  This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Please see the details below and on the attached poster.

Barbara Mitchell, the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, and University of Regina Press cordially invite you to celebrate a book launch for:

With an introduction from Jennifer Brown, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Winnipeg

Date:               Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time:               5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location:         Archives of Manitoba, 200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to (204) 945 – 4949 or

About the Author
Barbara Mitchell is the co-author of a two-volume biography of W.O. Mitchell, Beginnings to Who Has Seen the Wind and The Years of Fame. She taught English Literature at Trent University and lives in Otonabee, Ontario with her husband, Orm Mitchell.

About the Book
Philip Turnor was the first inland surveyor for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the man who taught the explorers David Thompson and Peter Fidler how to survey. Between 1778 and 1792, Turnor and his guides travelled over 15,000 miles by canoe and foot to produce ten maps, which laid the foundation for all northern geographic knowledge at that time. Yet until now, Turnor has remained a lesser known figure. InMapmaker, Turnor’s inaugural biography, Barbara Mitchell brings this surveyor to life, while also discovering her own ancestry as one of thousands of descendants of Turnor and his Cree wife.

About the Map
At this event, Turnor’s 1794 magnum opus – a 187 x 256 cm map that shows rivers and lakes North America as surveyed by Philip Turnor, Alexander Mackenzie, Peter Fidler and others will be showcased for the first time since its conservation treatment to prepare it for digitization, enhanced access, and long term preservation.

We look forward to seeing you!

Maureen Dolyniuk
Keeper, Hudson’s Bay Company Archives

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