Port Dover’s history is being celebrated in May.The Port Dover Harbour Museum is hosting two presentations as part of May being Museum Month. The history of the Port Dover area and prohibition on the Great Lakes will be covered. Speakers are John Ayre and Geoff Bowden who will be presenting on “The Voyage of Dollier de Casson and Galinée 1669-1670” and “Bars, Booze, Bootleggers, and Blind Pigs,” respectively.On May 3 at 7 p.m., author John Ayre will share the voyage of two Sulpician priests, Dollier and Galinée, and their overwintering with seven companions in Port Dover 350 years ago. Galinée’s detailed journal and hand-drawn maps were the first recording by a European of the interconnectedness of Canada’s Great Lakes. John Ayre will recount their voyage as well as their encounters with the landscapes, animal life, and the Indigenous peoples in Canada over 300 years ago.On May 24 at 7 p.m. the second presentation, “Bars, Booze, Bootleggers, and Blind Pigs,” will be a look at Prohibition in Canada. Historian Geoff Bowden will cover how the Great Lakes became pathways for illegal distribution of alcohol in the 1920s. Lake Erie and the fishing boats of Port Dover played a role in getting alcohol across the border.The Port Dover Harbour Museum is bringing these presentations to eager audiences looking to learn more about the history of the Port Dover area as well as the north shore of Lake Erie.Admission is by donation and there is limited seating. To attend, visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum, 44 Harbour Street, Port Dover. For more information, call 519-583-2660 or email: [email protected] is Museum Month is a series of events that takes place annually across museums in Ontario.

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