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WHYTE MUSEUM SEEKS INPUT
FROM ROCKIES COMMUNITY

by Meghan J. Ward

For nearly 50 years, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies has played a central role in preserving the history and culture of our unique corner of the globe and making that heritage accessible to the public through world-class programming and exhibitions. What will the museum’s next 50 years look like? That’s where you come in.


 

Party of mountain climbers resting (detail), [ca. 1913-1925], Malcolm Geddes fonds, v756 / ps-044, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Party of mountain climbers resting (detail), [ca. 1913-1925], Malcolm Geddes fonds, v756 / ps-044, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Museums exist because we have an innate desire to better understand our world and the way people lived before us. Not only do they give us a window into the past, but they also provide us with insight into our present-day lives and infuse our ‘everydayness’ with a richer sense of meaning. Through objects, images, artwork and interpretation we can connect with a bygone era and appreciate those who have walked the path before. An exhibit featuring modern works or collections can help us to reflect on what our community values and can acquaint us with people and practices that may not be as familiar.

For centuries, our mountainous landscape has been home to dwellers of all kinds, from indigenous people to surveyors, explorers, entrepreneurs, conservationists, artists and modern-day adventurers. This place is as rich with stories as it is with blooming wildflowers and fresh mountain air. And thanks to the forethought of Peter and Catharine Whyte, we have here in Banff a world-class institution where we can tap into those stories in engaging and exciting ways.

Both the past and present are important areas of focus for the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and as the museum approaches its 50th year, the future is also front of mind.

HOW CAN THE MUSEUM CONTINUE TO BE A VITAL AND DYNAMIC CONTRIBUTOR TO THE COMMUNITY FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS? HOW CAN IT DEEPEN ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY?

To help answer these and other questions, the Whyte Museum has initiated a community consultation in order to increase its understanding of:

  1. the community’s expectations, needs and wants
  2. how best to engage our community with respect to exhibitions, public programming and services
  3. how best to grow the Whyte Museum’s visibility in our community

HOW YOU CAN TAKE PART

The community consultation will be in the form of an online questionnaire. Between September 10 and 16, 2016, Bow Valley households will receive personal invitations at their door, with information on how to participate. The consultation will remain open until October 30, 2016.

If you are interested in providing input but have not received an invitation, please contact Pivotal Research at feedback@pivotalresearch.ca!

 


 

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The Whyte Museum  inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. We share stories and explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape. Our founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists who wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area.

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