Welcome to the Sir Frederick Banting Digital Library
In 1920, Sir Frederick Grant Banting and Charles H. Best discovered insulin, a hormone which prolonged and saved the lives of millions of diabetics.
In 1988, the Alliston Memorial Library received a bequest from the estate of Dr. Henrietta Banting, widow of Sir Frederick Banting. The bequest included a collection of correspondence, papers, diaries, photographs and artifacts such as pipes and glasses belonging to Sir Frederick Banting.
The digitization of this collection was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation in 1999/2000 through a Digital Content Creation grant.
Additional funding for student support was received from Industry Canada's Youth Employment project grants in 1999/2000
The majority of the original documents and artifacts are now on permanent loan from the New Tecumseth Public Library to the Simcoe County Archives.
In 2001, a donation was received from the Simcoe County Historical Association to expand the Digital Library. Artifacts and pictures belonging to community residents, and the South Simcoe Pioneer Museum have been added.
A Library Net grant from Industry Canada was received in 2001 to further enhance the Banting site as well as to develop a local history digital library.
This project is being conducted at the New Tecumseth Public Library. Please visit our website at http://www.ntpl.ca