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historian , Museum director

John Bertram Fortier, museum director, historian. Fellow Company of Military Historians, 1973.

Background

Fortier, John Bertram was born on August 18, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of John Robert Fortier and Marcella Harriette (Allen) Lewis.

Education

Bachelor in History, Oakland University, 1963. Master of Arts in History, College of William and Mary, 1968.

Career

Historian, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1964-1966;historian, Fort Massac State Park, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1966;deputy state historian, Michigan History Commission, Lansing, Michigan, 1966-1968;head of research, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Louisbourg, Nova Scoti, Canada, 1968-1975;superintendent, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Louisbourg, Nova Scoti, Canada, 1975-1983;director, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1983-1989;director Bureau History Sites and Museum, Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, since 1989. Consultant Australian Heritage Parks Association, 1982, 90, California Citrus State Pk, 1988, 91, Aish-ha-Torah (living history music, Israel), 1989, Mackinac Island State Pk., 1989. Member A-Base review Parks Canada, Ottawa, 1983.

Achievements

  • Avocations: collecting American military equipment and uniforms, living history reenactments.

Works

Membership

Founder Sydney & Louisburg Railway History Society, 1972-1983, Fortress of Louisbourg Volumes, 1976-1983. Member Louisbourg Planning and Development Commission, 1975-1981, Pennsylvania World World War II Commemoration Committee, since 1993. Director Louisbourg Craft Center, 1981-1983.

Rebuilding of 1813 Brig Niagara and first extended cruise for Columbus Quincentenary, 1990-1992. Member Canada Museums Association, American Association Museums, Society History Archaeology, American Association for State and Local History (education committee since 1988), National Warplane Museum (Geneseo, New York ).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: collecting American military equipment and uniforms, living history reenactments.

Connections

Married Margaret Hazel Conner, February 6, 1965. Children: William Allen, Richard Collins.

father:
John Robert Fortier Lewis

mother:
Marcella Harriette (Allen) Lewis

spouse:
Margaret Hazel Conner

children:
William Allen Fortier

Richard Collins Fortier