Upcoming Events:

  • Voices From The Past book launch and signing December 10th, 2010 at Discovery North Bay 7 pm.  More info

Past Events:

  • Fall 2009-Mattawa council chambers to be renamed the Dr. S. F. Monestime Council Chamber.
  • Friday May 22, 2009-Book signing for Where Rivers Meet at Gullivers Books in North Bay 7:30 to 9 pm. Everyone welcome.
  • Thursday May 21, 2009-Launch of our new Book Where Rivers Meet in Mattawa.
    -10 am Main Street Mattawa Press Conference with Doug Mackey, Vala Monestime Belter and Mattawa Mayor.
    -4 pm to 7:30 pm Book Signing and Launch Party at the Moon Restaurant Mattawa. Everyone welcome.
  • Saturday May 2, 2009-Doug will speak at the Voyager Heritage Network annual meeting of Northern Ontario museum people in Mattawa.
  • Friday May 1, 2009-Doug Mackey will speak at the North Bay Regional  Historica Heritage Fair at Nipissing University.
  • Monday March 2, 2009-Doug Mackey will be speaking to the Nipissing Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society about his new book Where Rivers Meet and related items. 8pm at Ormond Street Memorial Church (319 McKenzie St North Bay). 
  • Saturday April 26, 2008-Doug Mackey will be speaking on "The life of Grey Owl as presented at the Angele Project" at the Cobalt History Workshop.
  • Friday March 28. 2008-Doug will be speaking on "Local History for Fun and Profit" at the Nipissing University Oral History Conference at the Monastery Campus.
  • Sunday March 9, 2008-Doug Mackey will be speaking on the "History of Chisholm Township" at the United Church in Chisholm from 130pm to 3pm
  • March 2008-The Kiosk Story is in the running for the book that all Northern Ontarians should read in 2008 Click here for more information.
  • Friday December 7, 2007 7:30 to 9pm-Doug Mackey will be speaking and signing The Kiosk Story at Gulliver's 157 Main Street North Bay, Ontario
  • April 22, 2006 Doug Mackey will be speaking on the Voyageurs
  • April 1, 2006-Doug Mackey will be the keynote speaker at a conference in North Bay called Histories of the Near North: Discovering Our Community's Past. He will be speaking at 4 pm on Community History: A View from the trenches. The conference will be @DiscoveryNorthBay (former CPR Station) 100 Ferguson Street North Bay Ontario  http://www.discoverynorthbay.com
  • Brent Heritage Day-Past Forward will be at Brent in Algonquin Park on Sunday August 24th. 2003 Their will be a reunion of Brent residents, talks and photo displays on the heritage of the Brent area.
  • Algonquin Park Loggers Day-July 26, 2003 at the Algonquin Park Loggers Museum. Past Forward will be setting up a table to show our logging heritage videos and talk about our books.
    For those of you in the Toronto area we are having another open house. June 21st. is the first day of spring and the date that the Harry Potter book is out so we are having a Spring into Summer event. The new Harry Potter books will be on sale (quantities limited) and all of the other items in stock will be at 10% discount. Stock up on you summer reading. 
    Dates: Saturday June 21, 2003 from 10am to 4pm & June 22 from noon to 4pm
    Where: 330 Sumach St #41 Toronto, Ontario 416-925-8412

  • Sun Dec. 8th, Sat/Sun Dec 14 &15th, 2002-Past Forward Company Store Christmas Open House, Heritage Video Show, & Sale  Noon to 4 pm, 330 Sumach Street #41. 10% Discount on all in-stock items.

    Video Schedule:

    Dec. 8: 12-Three Seasons,12:45-The Forest, 1:30-Around Cape Horn, 2:15-Logging by Rail in Algonquin Park, 3:00-The Story of Canadian Pine, 3:45-Winter Camp

    Dec. 14: 12-The Sea Got in Your Blood,12:45-End of the Line, 1:30-From Stump to Ship, 2:15 -Log Drive, 3:00-Pulp and Paper from Canada, 3:45 -Lumberjacks.

    Dec. 15: 12-Logging Days in Blind River,12:45 -Of Logs and Loggers, 1:30-West Wind-The Story of Tom Thomson, 2:15-Manouane River Lumberjacks, 3:00-King Spruce, 3:45-Lumberjack Sky Pilot.

  • August 24-25, 2002- BRENT HERITAGE DAYS See displays, stories, photographs and video of Brent history at the Brent Ranger Cabin in Brent. 
    • Sat. 24th-1 pm to 4 pm.
    • Sun 25th-10 am to 4 pm.
    A talk, discussion and book signing by Doug will be held on Saturday from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
  • July 27, 2002-Past Forward will be at the annual Loggers' Day celebrations at the Logging Museum in Algonquin Provincial Park
  • January 16, 2002-Past Forward's Doug Mackey and author Richard Gould will be speaking at the North Bay and District Canadian Club on the topic "Life & Times at Brent & Kiosk on the CNR in Algonquin Park." 2pm, Emmanuel United Church 395 Lakeshore Drive.
  • September 21 & 22, 2001- Past Forward will be at the FORESTRY EXPO 2001 in Mattawa, Ontario. We will be showing logging videos and selling books and videos and CDs. Mattawa arena Friday 11am to 9pm- Saturday 9am to 5pm.
  • August 18, 2001-Kiosk reunion in Mattawa. Paul and Doug will be presenting a slide show and showing some old video (film) of Kiosk.
  • August 15-16, 2001- BRENT HERITAGE DAYS See displays, stories, photographs and video of Brent history at the Brent Ranger Cabin in Brent. 
    • Wen. 15th 1 pm to 4 pm & 7 pm to 9 pm. 
    • Thurs 16th 10 am to 4 pm & 7pm to 9 pm
    A talk, discussion and book signing by Paul and Doug will be held on Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
  • July 29, 2001-Book signing, Paul and Doug Mackey will be at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre

  • July 28, 2001-Past Forward will be at the annual Loggers' Day celebrations in Algonquin Provincial Park

  • Summer 2001-Callander Museum will be celebrating the history of boating on Lake Nipissing

  • Thursday evening June 14, 2001-Book launch and reading from My Childhood in the Bush at Gullivers Books in North Bay. Rebecca Atkins granddaughter will be reading excerpts from the book.
  • The Fossmill Story receives the Ontario Historical Society's Fred Landon Award for the Best Ontario Regional History for the year 2000. 3 pm at the John McKenzie House 34 Parkview Ave. Willowdale, Ontario.
  • May 5, 2001-Logging appreciation day, Mattawa, Ontario

  • April 28, 2001-Temiskaming Abitibi Heritage Association 11th Annual Speakers Form. Cobalt, Ontario

  • September 5, 2000-Doug Mackey will be speaking at the meeting of the Nipissing Genealogical Society

  • July 29, 2000-Past Forward will be at the annual Loggers' Day celebrations in Algonquin Provincial Park

  • July 20 to 27, 2000-Logging by Rail in Algonquin Park will be showing all this week at the Visitor Centre in Algonquin Provincial Park

  • December 7, 1999-Presentation on the vanished villages of Fossmill and Kiosk at the Powassan Union Public Library

  • December 4, 1999-Book signings, Coles Bookstores, North Bay

  • October 19, 1999-Book signing, Coles Bookstore, Pembroke

  • October 19, 1999-Presentation by Paul Mackey at Cultural Heritage conference in Pembroke 

  • Read a transcript of the talk:TALKING PAST: Oral History -Preserving and telling the dramatic stories of your community.
  • September 24, 1999-Pesentation and signing, North Bay Museum and Gullivers Bookstore, North Bay. Read a report on this event from the North Bay and Area Museum Newsletter

  • September 22, 1999-Book signing, Coles Bookstore, Huntsville