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Thunder Bay grain elevator advocates invite residents to celebrate 'Grain Days'

Thunder Bay's grain elevators make up an important part of the city's history — and skyline — and one local citizens group wants to help ensure their history is remembered.

Family event will take place June 10 at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Thunder Bay's waterfront

Thunder Bay's grain elevators have played a significant role in the city's development. (Thunder Bay Heritage Advisory Committee/Facebook)

Thunder Bay's grain elevators make up an important part of the city's history — and skyline — and one local citizens group wants to help ensure their history is remembered.

The Friends of Grain Elevators are hosting an afternoon of family-oriented events at Thunder Bay's waterfront on Saturday. A special display will be shown at Mariners Hall for the whole weekend.

"Those grain elevators are pretty spectacular but under-recognized," Nancy Perozzo, a spokesperson for the group, said of how she started to get involved promoting the elevators. "So I started so ask around to other people in the community who I felt might know what had been done to promote them as an icon."

A lot of people shared the love of the elevators and their place in Thunder Bay's story, she said, and in 2003, the friends group was born.
While there are fewer grain elevators along the waterfront today than in the past, advocates for preserving the knowledge of the grain trade say it's important to remember that history. (Matt Prokopchuk / CBC)

Keeping the history of the structures alive is important, she said, especially now as there are fewer structures still standing, and operational, then in the port's heyday. Perozzo knows quite a bit about that history; her father was a grain inspector.

"A lot of citizens don't recognize just how spectacular the development of the grain industry through Thunder Bay was," she said. "And how important it was [in Canada's] history."

The afternoon of events for the family are taking place June 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baggage Building Arts Centre.

Click here to hear CBC Superior Morning host Lisa Laco's conversation with the Friends Of the Grain Elevators' Nancy Perozzo

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