A Look Back: A Year of Celebrations

[Untitled], ca. 1929 to 1964, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds

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! 

Odo Kokusei, Snow in the Dawn, Tale of Prince Genji, 1878, woodblock print, KkO.04.01 a-c

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, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries

Publication: Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries

This publication features art from the exhibit and essays by Vincent Varga, Anne Ewen, Monique Westra, and Lisa Christensen. This book can be purchased online here or in the Museum Shop. 

49th Annual Back to Banff Day and Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
June 17, 2018

As Catharine Robb Whyte stated in a speech at the Museum's annual Back to Banff Day in June of 1978, "We want it to be a friendly and pleasant place where everyone is welcome—Banff residents and visitors from all over the world, we especially hope that young people will learn from the history of their past and appreciate the beauty around them."

This years Back to Banff Day coincided with the opening of our summer exhibitions, Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries and 100 Heads: Childhood Memories of Banff Personalities. This occasion allowed everyone to reminisce with friends and celebrate the opening of our feature summer exhibitions. 

Whyte Museum Community BBQ
June 17, 2018

We hosted a celebratory BBQ that included performances by Amelie Patterson, Russell Bowers, Eya-Hey Nakoda Drummers, Cori Brewster, Brent Lee, and the Wardens! The food and beer garden were provided by our community partner, Wild Bill's. With over 800 attendees, this event was a great success!

A big thank you to all who partnered, participated, and enjoyed our 50th anniversary celebrations! Here's to another 50! 


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