Giving Objects Meaning

When is a chair more than a chair? What good is a graduated cylinder outside of a science lab? Using objects is a great way to build stories in museums. They are part of what separates museums from textbooks and non-fiction writing; they give visitors something tangible to look at and connect to when they […]

Fun Facts about the Flame of Hope!

This week, I’ve spent a lot of time learning everything there is to know about the Flame of Hope, and I finally finished the Wikipedia article I’ve been creating for it! Photograph by: Mark Spowart What I usually tell people on my tours is that the Flame of Hope honours all those affected by diabetes […]

Banting & Friends VI

In last week’s post, “A Very Busy First Week,” I mentioned Banting & Friends VI, but I didn’t talk about it in detail. To be honest, even though I was sitting at the registration table for most of the night, I had a lot of fun! First of all, the food from Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant […]

Behind the scenes: Goodbye Banting House

On this rainy day, I’m glad to be sitting in my office at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada. Things are moving forward as usual. Construction is wrapping up on the porch, the new exhibit is ready to be installed, and I have a healthy to-do list to tend to. But make no mistake: […]

Behind the scenes: Commemorative Integrity

In my classes at Western this week, we have been learning about the concept of “commemorative integrity.” This concept was defined specifically by Parks Canada for National Historic Sites like Banting House. Because commemorative integrity  is so important to everything we do at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, I wanted to share some […]

Behind the Scenes: getting ready for Christmas!

Today is December 5th, and for those of you who like countdowns, that means it’s only 20 days until Christmas! Every museum has its own arrangements for the Christmas holidays. Banting House National Historic Site of Canada will be closed after December 21st, and will reopen January 7th. Today I am helping wrap up our […]