A huge thank you to everyone who came out last Friday evening (September 15) to the opening of The Whistler Question: A Photographic History and to those who came out on Thursday for our first Naming Night!
It was great to see so many familiar (and new) faces at the museum, as well as so many past and present Question staff members. We would also like to thank our amazing special guest speakers Paul Burrows and Glenda Bartosh for joining us for the evening and for creating the paper. Without The Question we wouldn’t have these photos that we now get to share with both the community and visitors.
Paul and Glenda both let those present in on a few secrets about the early days at The Question and the years when the survival of the paper and of the town seemed questionable at best.
The Whistler Question was started by Paul and Jane Burrows in 1976 in their A-frame home on Matterhorn Drive. After an unsuccessful run to be Whistler’s first mayor, Paul had to decide whether to start a bus company or a printing company. At the time the Burrows couldn’t afford to buy the buses needed for a bus company and so The Whistler Question was born. The first issue was given out for free; the second issue cost buyers 15¢ and, as Paul Burrows explained, the paper’s readership dropped dramatically. He continued publishing, however, and today The Question continues to be printed and distributed each week.
If you weren’t able to see the exhibit on opening night or are planning to come again to take your time and leisurely peruse the photographs (to view all of the images takes over 20 minutes), The Whistler Question: A Photographic History will be on display through the end of November.
As you may have read last week, community members have been identifying the subjects of some of our photographs on social media and here on our blog. To continue this important work, we recently hosted our first Naming Night.
As the title suggests, we invited everyone to the museum to help us add names to the subjects of our mystery photos. We also wanted to know the stories behind the photographs and the memories these photographs brought to mind. We had a great time listening as those who came out debated various names, locations and dates for the photographs on display. In one evening we were able to add over 250 names to our photographs! We can now tag all of these people and places in the photographs so that when you’re searching for something or someone in our database it is more likely that these photographs will come up.
We’ve got a lot more photographs we need information for so keep an eye out for our next Naming Night!