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 […]

Charles Best After Insulin Co-Discovery

Charles Herbert Best was just 22 years-old when he began working with Dr. Frederick Banting on experiments to isolate insulin in the summer of 1921. He had just graduated with bachelor’s degrees in physiology and biochemistry and was starting grad school. He reportedly flipped a coin with Dr. J.J.R. Macleod’s other grad student, Clark Noble, […]

The Road to Designation

Did you know that it took Banting House three tries to become designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a National Historic Site? A National Historic Site of Canada is a place that has “direct association with a nationally significant aspect of Canadian history.” An average of 70 new sites are […]

Frederick Banting’s Only Child

A question a lot of guests have been asking lately is: did Frederick Banting ever have any children? The answer to that question is yes! He had a son named William “Bill” Banting with his first wife, Marion Robertson. Bill Banting lived a very interesting life that I’ve been learning more about through documents in […]

Dr. Henrietta Banting

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, I thought we’d take a moment to look at a woman who had a large impact not only on Sir Frederick Banting’s life but also on the the field of medicine. Henrietta Ball was born in Rock Island, Quebec in 1912. In 1932, she received an undergraduate degree in […]