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Michael B. Payne

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Raised and educated in Winnipeg, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University at Kingston and a Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba. He has worked on contract with Parks Canada and taught at St. John’s Ravenscourt School.

As of 2005, he was Head of the Research and Publications Program for the Historic Sites and Cultural Facilities Branch of Alberta Community Development. He has published several books on early western Canadian history including The Fur Trade in Canada: An Illustrated History and “The Most Respectable Place in the Territory” Everyday Life in Hudson’s Bay Company Service at York Factory 1788 to 1870. He was also co-editor with Catherine Cavanaugh and Donald Wetherell of the forthcoming two volume centennial history of Alberta entitled Alberta Formed – Alberta Transformed.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

“The Healthiest Part of the Known World” Prince of Wales Fort as Fur Trade Post and Community in the 18th century
MHS Transactions, 3rd series, Number 35, 1979

Review: Martha McCarthy, Grand Rapids, Manitoba
Manitoba History, Number 19, Spring 1990

Review: Sydney Augustus Keighley, Trader, Tripper, Trapper: The Life of a Bay Man
Manitoba History, Number 19, Spring 1990

Fort Churchill, 1821-1900: An Outpost Community in the Fur Trade
Manitoba History, Number 20, Autumn 1990

Review: Dale R. Russell, Eighteenth-Century Western Cree and Their Neighbours
Manitoba History, Number 24, Autumn 1992

Review: Henry Epp (editor), Three Hundred Prairie Years: Henry Kelsey’s “Inland Country of Good Report”
Manitoba History, Number 27, Spring 1994

Review: William Barr and Glyndwr Williams (editors), Voyages in Search of a Northwest Passage 1741-1747: Volume 1, The Voyage of Christopher Middleton 1741-1742
Manitoba History, Number 29, Spring 1995

Review: William Barr and Glyndwr Williams (editors), Voyages in Search of a Northwest Passage 1741-1747. Volume II: The Voyage of William Moor and Francis Smith 1746-1747
Manitoba History, Number 32, Autumn 1996

Review: Gerald Friesen, River Road: Essays on Manitoba and Prairie History
Manitoba History, Number 37, Spring / Summer 1999

Western Canadian Fur Trade Sites and the Iconography of Public Memory
Manitoba History, Number 46, Autumn/Winter 2003-2004

Commemorating Ethnocultural Communities in Manitoba
Manitoba History, Number 50, October 2005

Review: Cole Harris, The Reluctant Land: Society, Space, and Environment in Canada Before Confederation
Manitoba History, Number 64, Fall 2010

Review: David A. Morrison, Profit & Ambition: The North West Company and the Fur Trade 1779-1821
Manitoba History, Number 64, Fall 2010

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