An Intern’s Journey: Chapter 3; The Importance of a Website

It’s certainly been a busy week and its only Tuesday! Last week I talked about my work with Banting House NHS’s social media, the creation of a strategic plan and manual and the importance of paying attention to analytics! This week is an expansion on that, but with a focus on website design and building.           ... Continue Reading →

An Intern’s Journey: Chapter 2; Navigating a Digital World

For as long as I can remember, the time we live in has been termed the digital age. It's my generation and the generations that have followed after me that have grown up surrounded by technology. While I remember a time where my family only had very slow dial-up internet and one family computer. There... Continue Reading →

An Intern’s Journey: Chapter 1; Who am I?

Hello everyone! My name is Kat MacDonald and I’ll be working at Banting House National Historic Site as an intern for the summer! I am currently completing my M.A in Public History at Western University. I am originally from Kingston and completed my B.A (Hons.) in History and German Studies at Queen’s University. Prior to... Continue Reading →

Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes!

While Banting House NHSC continues to welcome our many visitors and prepare for our upcoming World Diabetes Day celebrations, we are also hard at work behind the scenes! Banting House has collected many artifacts over the years and like all museums, we need to keep them organized! One of my ongoing projects is reorganizing the... Continue Reading →

The Visitors Make the Experience

As an emerging museum professional, my favorite place to be is in the collections. I enjoy working with old artifacts, examining them, treasuring them, and keeping them safe for years to come. Whenever I am given the choice to work on a project within the collections, my friends and colleagues will always find me with... Continue Reading →

What is Diabetes: A Museum with Meaning

In my first week as the new summer student at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I was surprised by how little I knew about diabetes. I had a general understanding of what it was and because it did not affect me personally, that was all I remembered. What little I know (thanks to... Continue Reading →

Banting’s Books for World Book Day

For World Book day, we thought we would dig up one of Banting's books. Although there are many to choose from, his Fellowship Examination Papers booklet can provide some inspiration. In 1918, Frederick Banting took the examinations in the hope of joining the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Unfortunately, it didn't go so well... Continue Reading →

Taking the Lead at Banting House!

As a summer intern at Banting House, I have spent most of my time thus far learning the ropes – but this week, I am taking charge of the entire museum! Our curator, Grant, is taking a well-deserved break, and thus I am the only staff member in the museum (although help is always just... Continue Reading →

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