The story of Canada’s famous Hudson Bay Company

MON, JUN 28, 2021

Just before Canada Day, join us for a spirited evening featuring scholar Stephen Bown and his compelling narrative history of Canada’s famous Hudson Bay Company. Through the masterful control of a handful of English aristocrats, The Company rose from a small 1670 trading business – practical manufactured goods exchanged for furs with the Indigenous inhabitants of inland subarctic Canada – to the single biggest political and economic force in North America, ruling the lives of people from Hudson’s Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

See Bown’s illustrated presentation and insights on this rich and peopled history; and his discussion of Canada, then and now, with fellow countryman Jeff Breithaupt.

+ BIO: Jeff Breithaupt

Jeff Breithaupt is a writer, songwriter, podcaster, and is Vice President at Manhattan School of Music.

He co-authored two books about pop music in the 1970s for St. Martin’s Press, and is the lyricist half of the Breithaupt Brothers, an award-winning songwriting team whose work has been interpreted by such Broadway and jazz stars as Kelli O’Hara, Catherine Russell, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Jeff is an expert advocate for Canada’s arts and cultural scene and has promoted Canadian talent on the New York and international stage. He lives in New York City, where he is launching the podcast Cansplaining with Jeff Breithaupt.

+ BIO: Stephen Bown

Stephen Bown is an author. He has written ten books on the history of exploration, science, and ideas–including books on the medical mystery of scurvy, the Treaty or Tordesillas, the lives of Captain George Vancouver and of Roald Amundsen and a doomed Russian sea voyage.

His books have been published in multiple English-speaking territories, translated into nine languages and shortlisted for many awards. He has won the BC Book Prize, the Alberta Book Award, the William Mills Prize for Polar Books. His previous book, The Island of Blue Foxes, about Vitus Bering’s voyage to Alaska, was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize. Born in Ottawa, he now live near Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

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