New Year, New Research Assistant

Hello everyone! My name is Madison Bifano and I’ll be working at Banting House NHSC as a Graduate Research Assistant for the next few months! I’m currently working on my M.A. in Public History at Western University, and I have a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, where I’m from.

In the past, I’ve worked for Parks Canada at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, and done some work for Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, both in the Sault Ste. Marie region. Most recently, I worked (in various positions and capacities) at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in Algoma University. Because of these roles, I have a pretty solid mixture of interpretitive, archival, and small museum experience, and I can’t wait to gain more over my time here. I’m especially excited to get an inside experience as our class works towards the completion of our group project in partnership with Banting House NHSC.

Prior to coming to London, I had a little bit of knowledge about Frederick Banting and the discovery of insulin due to a few people in my life having Type 1 Diabetes, but I’d never had the opportunity to look into and work with the history of it all. Most of my heritage experience revolves around the residential school systems and the War of 1812, so it’s exciting to get to work with more “modern” Canadian history, as well as medical history (and the multitudes of other things Banting was involved with)! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next few months bring, and to working with the amazing team at Banting House.


This post was written by Madison Bifano, Graduate Research Assistant at Banting House NHSC. Madison is currently completeing her M.A. in Public History at Western University.

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