The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through our collections and exhibitions.
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MANSIONS TO MOUNTAINS: IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE
Mansions to Mountains will re-engage with the remarkable life of Catharine Robb Whyte from a fresh perspective. Instead of relying solely on scripted construal’s from curatorial, Catharine’s story is voiced through uninhibited diary entries to her fictious friend Buz (1921 – 1928), duty-bound, yet loving letters to her mother Edith Morse Robb (1929 – 1962), and from her ambitious annual Christmas messages (1963 – 1978). Along with her words, Catharine’s legacy is observed through her renderings and canvases, as well as archival photographs and personal artifacts.
Images: WMCR, Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds (V683/III/A/1/PA/032, V683/III/A/1/PA/006, V683/IV/A/PA/342, M36/I/A/2B/I/90/7/001, and M36/II/F/3/2016)
Our collections are the foundation of what we do; they are what makes us unique.
Exhibitions, research, events, and programs germinate from their content to inspire and enthrall our audiences. We compliment our collections with related loaned objects and memorabilia to create meaningful connections with our visitors.
For the Art and Heritage collections we were honoured to receive stunning artifacts, paintings, drawings, and sculpture from numerous sources and it is with sheer joy and gratitude that we accept these exceptional treasures.
THOMAS W. FRIPP (1864 – 1931, BRITISH BORN CANADIAN)
Mt. Stephan, B.C.
38 x 51 c.m.
Gift of Rod Green, 2021