World Diabetes Day 2019

Last week at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, we celebrated World Diabetes Day and Dr. Banting’s Birthday with an event in Sir Frederick G. Banting Square. In total, we had approximately 160 visitors join us for the event in order to listen to some of our “Dear Dr. Banting” letters, take a tour... Continue Reading →

Dear Diary

There’s never a shortage of fascinating archival material at Banting House NHSC! This week, I’ve been examining a diary written by Marion Robertson Banting in 1926, which focuses on her and Dr. Frederick Banting’s trip to Canada’s west coast and Alaska. The diary is fascinating to read, and even contains references to Banting’s love of... Continue Reading →

Social Media at the Museum

Let me begin this blog post by encouraging you to check out our latest World Diabetes Day (WDD) Facebook event page here, where you can find out about Banting House’s event on November 14th, 2019, which celebrates both WDD and Dr. Banting’s birthday! These past few weeks at Banting House NHSC, I’ve been focused on... Continue Reading →

World Diabetes Day 2019: Behind the Scenes

It’s been a busy week at Banting House NHSC, and preparations for World Diabetes Day 2019 and Dr. Banting’s birthday are in full swing! Even though the event isn’t until November 14th, there is still so much to be done to prepare. One of my main projects this week was organizing a critical path for... Continue Reading →

Paintings and Places

This week at Banting House NHSC, I’ve been researching the large collection of Dr. Frederick Banting’s paintings that we have here in the museum. The ultimate goal is to publish a book for the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin that focuses on our collection and the amazing places that Banting travelled to. From... Continue Reading →

Opening Doors

This past weekend, Banting House NHSC participated in Doors Open London, which is a program that promotes visitation to London’s heritage sites and hidden gems. This unique opportunity is especially interesting for local individuals, who can get out and explore sites that they have always wanted to experience.  The program began in 2002, when the... Continue Reading →

New Beginnings at Banting House

Hello everyone! My name is Jenna Philbrick and I am thrilled to be beginning my first week as a Graduate Research Assistant at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada. I’m currently completing my M.A. in Public History at Western University, but I am originally from Niagara (Where Dr. Banting worked and trained at Niagara... Continue Reading →

Banting House Goes International

This summer, Banting House has hosted a large number of people from across the globe. From the remote northern Canadian territories to tourists from as far afield as the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, they have all come to visit the house where the idea of insulin was born.  And while this is certainly great... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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