Is versus Was

Hey again! It’s been a while, but much has happened since then. For one, I published my first online exhibit, so that feels great. You can check it out here! https://bantinghousenhs.ca/online-exhibits/diabetes-ink/
I am quite proud of it.

We also had our World Diabetes Day here at the house this past Sunday.

It was snowing, cold, windy, but that didn’t deter almost 300 people from coming in to visit our space. It was a sight to behold. So many people came in, and while I didn’t ask them why they were inspired to come, you could feel the emotions riding high in the galleries. I helped give tours, directions, and lots of encouragement to visitors. William Faulkner once wrote that “history is not ‘was’, but that history is ‘is’. Such was the feeling of seeing the people walk into a space that has meant so much to them personally. To walk into that bedroom, it gives the feeling of immediacy, and shatteringly so. Overall, the ability to present such a meaningful tale to so many is what I live for.

I am also writing this with the realization that I only have 1 more month left in this internship (cue sad face). While I do not have diabetes, nor do any of my family members, I am slowly coming to the realization that this may become a cause for which I am in favor of supporting for the rest of my life. The Holocaust Museum was personal. This is slowly becoming something for which I hope to give donations to and educate in other ways even after I have left the museum. It’s curious how working at a place such as this one does that.

In any case, thanks for reading, and hope to continue to share more soon.

Banting House (November 14th, 2021)

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