Preserve – Conserve – Exhibit – Write – Educate – Inform – Connect – Support
The Luxton family and their legacy provide a rich source of stories. But that is not the only function Eleanor desired for her Foundation. The Foundation connects people and places. It works with others to teach and inform, to preserve and conserve, to be a knowledgeable support of heritage projects, and to make the sum of its work greater through the work that others can accomplish with a little assistance.
Preserve & Conserve
Preserving history and built heritage is at the core of the Foundation’s work. The properties owned by the Luxton Foundation form a contiguous heritage sector in Banff, unlike any other neighbourhood. It is the Foundation’s desire to see this entire street designated and protected, and the Foundation will work with their neighbours to make this happen.
Exhibiting in Partnership
The Historic Luxton Home is meant to be maintained as Eleanor left it. This approach leaves little room to showcase more of the collection and tell more stories. The Foundation is working toward creating more exhibit spaces but, until then, exhibit work is undertaken through partnerships. These community collaborations will continue even as more dedicated exhibit space is developed.
Exhibiting with the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies enables the Foundation to expand our reach and tell more stories to larger audiences.
In order to expand our exhibiting potential, we have plans to develop:
Write & Educate
A key component to sharing history is the written word. Eleanor Luxton was a writer, and the Foundation continues to re-publish and promote her works as well as to publish new works. The books we currently offer include:
Eleanor Luxton was also a passionate teacher. Fostering good writing skills and an appreciation for history in our youth were of utmost importance to her. The Foundation continues this legacy.
Inform & Connect
Through engagement with others in a variety of formats and platforms, the Foundation shares informs and learns. This community engagement helps us to advocate for heritage.
The collective knowledge of the Luxton Board gives the Foundation credibility and the ability to offer support to causes that resonate with our own.
For more than 20 years, the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation has frequently supported the work of others. A knowledgeable board has made well-informed decisions, supporting heritage and conservation initiatives in Banff and the Bow Valley.
Working with others fulfills a major area of the Foundation’s mandate. However, there is also a need to focus on our own history and heritage impact in Banff. By preserving three (soon to be four) heritage properties and making them available to visitors, we continue to honour the Luxton legacy by:
In the past few years, the Foundation has become increasingly aware of the vast potential of the heritage properties under the Foundations care and how much more we could do to:
We are embarking on an amazing journey between now and 2025. With heritage in the forefront, our plans for Beaver Street in Banff will unfold in a three-phase project. This project will realize development of the properties with heritage preservation and future sustainability at the forefront. All development will highlight this important historic district in Banff.
We will need vocal support as we embark on a journey to seek ways to save and protect Banff heritage. Though there is a form of municipal heritage designation for some buildings in town, this designation does not save buildings from a wrecking ball. We want to research how other towns and cities have managed to build protection into their by-laws and advocate for that legislation in Banff.
There will be times when we need a show of hands, tangible support, knowledgeable voices, sensitive interactions, and bodies in attendance at meetings.
As our vision of a museum and presentation spaces begins to manifest in the form of drawings and blueprints, then turn to concrete foundations and restored or new buildings, we will require monetary support to meet the intended goals.
We currently operate with a very small staff and a volunteer board. To continue to grow our public engagement and advocacy efforts, we are calling on volunteers who are sympathetic and understanding not only to our cause, but to the importance of heritage and conservation of Banff.
Volunteer duties may include:
We support not-for-profit groups by making our spaces available for a very nominal fee. This allows groups to offer their own programming or fundraising events without the worry of a high rental rate for a space.
We focus currently on supporting not-for-profit organizations in our area. We may be open to supporting not-for-profit organizations from further afield that have a mandate that resonates with that of the Foundation.