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Mary's Animals: A Selection of Fauna from the Canadian Rocky Mountains

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Mary's AnimalsA Selection of Fauna from the Canadian Rocky MountainsPart II 
Mary Schäffer Warren captured more than just the landscapes and botanical specimens of the Canadian Rockies in her images. She was also able to capture the life that lived and thrived in these mountains. The sheer diversity shown by Mary's photographs and lantern slides illustrates the ecological diversity of the Rocky Mountains. 
As previously stated in Part One, Mary's Flowers: A Selection of Flora from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, her attention to the detail of colour was accomplished through the laborious job of hand-colouring each picture and slide.  
We can imagine what it was like to be in her shoes, traversing through the Rocky Mountains and stumbling across a wide range of wildlife. Born and raised as an upper-class woman in Pennsylvania, she had a lot to experience and learn.

Want to find out more about Mary Schäffer Warren? You can pick up her book A Hunter of Peace,in our shop or online h…

The Banff Paradox: Everyone's Serene Getaway from Everyone Else

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The Banff Paradox:          Everyone's Serene Getaway from Everyone ElseGuest Writer Gemma Tarling, Summer Interpreter 2018 


A mere 9,658 people call Banff home, yet the popular tourist destination receives millions of visitors every year (Enns 2018). Since 1885, when the Canadian Government established the area as the Hot Springs Reserve, the township has been orchestrated with tourism in mind. Diverse marketing campaigns draw people from all backgrounds to this idyllic destination: for skiing, hiking, pristine views of the Canadian Rockies, or maybe to stay at the monumental Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. From the start, Banff has been sustained by its visitors, but how have modern advancements in technology changed the way that those visitors come to and interact with the parks?
Reflecting on my summer here drew to my attention the juxtaposition of the history of Banff I relate on tours and the current state of the town. The Banff I explain to visitors at the Museum is a quaint p…

The Path to Plein Air Painting: A Peek at Pigments

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The Path to Plein Air Painting Part I: A Peek at Pigments
Box, 1880-1939, Metal; Wood, 104.39.1003
Pigment:A substance used for colouring or painting, especially a dry powder, which when mixed with oil, water, or another medium constitutes a paint or ink.


At the Whyte we have approximately 16,000 paintings and drawings. A large percentage of these are attributed to our founders Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte. In order to understand how it was possible for Peter and Catharine to paint we must explore the materials that allowed them to paint. Without the development of pigments, mediums, and artistic tools, artists, like Peter and Catharine would not have been able to become the artists they were. Join us as we explore the history of that development. 

The long history of pigments has been a deadly, expensive, and continuous endeavour. In the past, artists have used a variety of pigments that were sourced from animals, insects, plants, minerals, and soil. With the continuous developmen…

A Look Back: A Year of Celebrations

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As we begin 2019 we reflect back on our 50th anniversary celebrations and another great year here at the Whyte. For our anniversary, the Museum hosted exhibitions and events to mark the occasion. Let's take a look at this years past events! 



From Morse to Whyte: A Dynastic Bequest of Japanese Treasures April 14 to June 10, 2018
Catharine Robb Whyte's maternal grandfather, Dr. Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925) was a scholar with a vast range of interests, including Japanese culture. This exhibition included ceramics and other artistic and cultural objects. 




Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries June 17 to October 21, 2018
In 2018, with the help of our community the Whyte Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by presenting a vigorous series of exhibitions, educational, and community outreach programs. The centrepiece of our anniversary program was an exhibition and publication dedicated to our founders, Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte, Catharin…

The Beach House Hotel: Lake Minnewanka's First Hotel

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The Beach House HotelLake Minnewanka's First Hotel 
Arriving in Banff in 1886, Willoughby John Astley, along with W. H. Desbrowne, decided to build the first ever hotel on Lake Minnewanka. A log structure was completed in 1886/87 and aptly named theBeach House Hotel.  



In June of 1889, Willoughby's brother, Charles D'oyley Astley, his wife Lucy Ann Andrew, and their infant daughter Violet Louisa would join him at the hotel. In 1890 Willoughby was contracted by the Canadian Pacific Railway to build a small two bedroom chalet at Laggan, now known as Lake Louise (pictured below). After the construction, Willoughby was hired to run this chalet at Laggan and after his departure, his brother Charles D'oyley Astley and his wife Lucy took up management of the Beach House Hotel.







The Beach House Hotel soon became an attraction for a wide variety of visitors and people from all over the world came to stay. From England to Australia, to Scotland and India, it became a unique getaway …