Continuing the Legacy
Updated: Sep 16, 2019
The Whyte Museum would like to thank the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation for their generous support of the popular Fireside Chats! This sponsorship will allow the series to continue to preserve valuable oral histories from community members.
These types of recordings began as early as 1950. Peter and Catharine Whyte owned a reel-to-reel tape recorder and thus began a tradition of recording conversations with Bow Valley residents. Recognizing the importance of the preservation of the community’s oral histories, staff members and volunteers, including Maryalice Harvey Stewart, Elizabeth Rummel, Jon Whyte, E. J. (Ted) Hart and Sue Davies, continued interviewing local personalities and recording noteworthy meetings and events. All of these recordings are available for researchers through the Archives and Library.
In 2013, Chic Scott continued the legacy by approaching the Whyte Museum about initiating a new interview series called the Fireside Chats. With videographers Will Schmidt and later Glen Crawford, the interviews are filmed in front of a live public audience. Twelve Fireside Chats, including the interview of Chic Scott himself, are now available on YouTube through the Whyte Museum website at here.
The series has now been renamed the Fireside Chat Series — Sponsored by The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation. Upcoming chats with Chic Scott include an interview of longtime Banff resident Roy Andersen on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. and an interview of elusive Rocky Mountain legend, Charlie Locke on Tuesday November 26 at 7 p.m.
Visit whyte.org to purchase tickets or to RSVP.
Read more about the story and goals of the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation on their website here