Exciting New Acquisition

Two weeks ago we received an amazing collection of items from a member of the Banting family! It consists of three boxes and one envelope that contain books, photographs, letters, and so much more. I’ve been slowly making my way through all of the items and I thought I’d share with you a few of […]

Translating Dear Dr. Banting Letters

Recently, I’ve been busy translating the Dear Dr. Banting letters left by our visitors. These letters follow the tradition of letters expressing gratitude that were sent to Banting after his discovery of insulin from individuals all over the world. Visitors stand in the bedroom where Banting came up with his idea for insulin in 1920 […]

Experiential Tourism Workshop

This week Grant, Banting House NHSC Curator, and I had the opportunity to participate in an Experiential Tourism workshop. A group of approximately fifteen professionals from around Southern Ontario had gathered to learn how to become coaches in creating experiential opportunities in the tourism industry and we acted as their test subjects. The group  spent […]

Banting at the Canadian National Exhibition

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) was founded in 1879 as an annual event where the community could experience the latest technology, commercial products, and art performances that the nation had to offer. In 1923, the CNE’s theme was “International and Science Year” and the planning committee hoped to showcase the impact of the advances of […]

Banting’s First American House Call

James “Jim” D. Havens from Rochester, New York was first diagnosed with diabetes at age fifteen in 1915. Dr. John R. Williams prescribed him the Allen Diet, the leading treatment for diabetes at the time. The Allen Diet was a starvation diet which determined how many calories a person with diabetes could intake within a […]

S.S. Frederick Banting Sets Sail

Seventy-five years ago last month on December 20th, 1943 the S.S. Frederick Banting was launched from Baltimore, Maryland. This ship was built in thirty-one days by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc. and measured 500 feet long, weighed 10,000 tons, and cost $2,000,000 to construct. This was part of the U.S. Liberty ship programme which in 1941 […]

Insulin Patent Sold for $1

About the sale of the patent of insulin for $1 Banting reportedly said, “Insulin belongs to the world, not to me.” Banting first met with Dr. John Macleod on November 6th, 1920 to share his idea for how to isolate what would come to be called insulin. Though Macleod was initially wary of Banting, as […]