Every time I give a tour at the museum, I note one of the most touching parts of the house: the cue cards sitting in Frederick Banting’s bedroom. This is our “Dear Dr. Banting” exhibit, full of letters visitors have written to Frederick Banting.
The letters are one of my favourite parts of the museum – you could spend hours reading through the thoughts and ideas people share. It really emphasizes how important Banting’s legacy is, and how many people he has personally affected.
People wrote letters to Dr. Banting throughout his life, saying thank you: thank you for saving my child, thank you for saving my life, thank you for inspiring me. Now, people come here to Banting House to feel connected to him. In Banting’s bedroom, where he awoke with sudden inspiration and wrote down his thesis that would lead to the discovery of insulin, visitors can see cards and letters addressed to him. They are written in many different languages, and by people of many different ages, but all of them have the same sentiment: Thank you, Dr. Banting.
This post was written by Kylie Smith. Kylie specializes in Honours History and minors in anthropology at The University of Western Ontario.