The Youth of Bill Banting

This summer, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to work at the Banting House National Historic Site archives. We are working to get all of the documents preserved in the archives entered into our digital fonds system, allowing researchers to more easily access our collection of materiel. Part of the job includes creating a short […]

Dr. Banting’s Trophy

For this entry, I would like to make brief change of subject before delving back into commemorating the Flame of Hope’s 30th anniversary. Last year, as I was examining Dr. Banting’s military career for the centennial of the First World War, I came across numerous references to the machine gun that he managed to bring […]

Designing Hope

We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the kindling of the Flame of Hope at Banting House National Historic Site this year, so I have decided to add on to my previous comments about the Flame. This entry is more concerned with the design […]

A Burning Hope

Despite the efforts of individuals like Dr. Frederick Grant Banting, Dr. Charles Herbert Best, Dr. James Bertram Collip and Dr. John James Rickard Macleod nearly a century ago, the quest to conquer diabetes marches ever on wards. And as medical researchers the world over attempt to better understand and cure the disease, we here at Banting […]

A Pleasure to be Back

To all the readers of this blog publication, I say hello. My name is Samuel Pitre and I am the student employee working here at Banting House National Historic Site for the remainder of the summer . As some of you repeat readers may remember, I held the same position last year as well. It […]

Reflections of a Research Assistant

Today is my last day working at Banting House NHSC, so I thought I would take this time to reflect upon what I have learned in this position. As part of my Master’s of Public History program at Western University we were given the option of becoming either a Teaching Assistant (TA) or a Research Assistant […]

Banting’s “Star” Patient

Elizabeth Hughes was diagnosed with diabetes in 1919 at the age of 11. She was the daughter of Charles Evans Hughes who was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, ran as the Republican nominee in the 1916 U.S. Presidential election (he was narrowly defeated by President Wilson), and was appointed Secretary of State in […]