Behind the scenes: online adventures in 2014

Happy New Year all! I’m happy to say that despite the ice storms, snow squalls, and bitterly cold weather, I have made it safely back to London.

The start of the new year is a typical time for making resolutions and setting goals. Here at Banting House National Historic Site of Canada, we have all sorts of ideas about how to make 2014 our best year yet. Today I wanted to share a quick word about one thing I’m particularly excited about – our plans for social media.

A glimpse of the set-up for our November exhibit. We have big plans for this year, too...
A glimpse of the set-up for our November exhibit. We have big plans for this year, too…

It might come as a surprise to know that social media and history go well together. Those of you who use social media already know how helpful it can be to interact and stay connected with people. As a public historian, I’m excited about the possibilities social media offers for historical institutions to keep engaging with their audience long after (and even before) they visit in person. I’ve also come to realize that we simply can’t cover all the material and stories Banting House has to offer in a single tour. With social media, we can share those things that we may not have had the time to point out to every visitor. And finally, we want to continue to hear from you – it’s important to us to know what you love about our Museum and how you think we can improve.

So what can you expect to see from our online outlets this year?

  • Interesting facts about Banting’s life and the items in the Museum;
  • Updates about Museum exhibits and events;
  • Diabetes-friendly recipes;
  • Tips for diabetes prevention, management and advocacy;
  • More “Dear Dr. Banting” letters.

Stay tuned to the blog, our Facebook page and Twitter feed, and don’t forget to share your comments with us!

For those of you who shared your suggestions in December’s contest, thank you – we will be announcing the winner soon.

This blog post was written by Stacey Devlin, graduate research assistant at Banting House NHSC. Stacey is a Master’s candidate in Public History at Western University.

2 thoughts on “Behind the scenes: online adventures in 2014

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  1. Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning tto start my owwn blog soon but I’m having a
    difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.

    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    1. Hello,
      thank you for your inquiry! Here at Banting House NHSC, we use wordpress. We find that it helps us reach a worldwide audience, and provides a professional template for our online needs. It has greatly enhanced our social media outreach to the community that has been effected by diabetes and Dr. Banting’s work.
      Good luck with your blogging future.

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