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April 09, 2012
Establishing the Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation's scholarships at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta for work in the field of Western Canada history has yielded a variety of papers illuminating the history of our province. Courtney Mason's doctoral thesis on Banff Indian Days is one such paper. Featuring what was for many years one of the most important annual summer festivals in Alberta, Mason has presented the first comprehensive study of the event. His work includes historical references as well us current oral interviews with Nakoda tribal members and others with a long involvement in the organization of the event. Most prominent of the latter group was Norman Luxton who, from a long standing association with the Nakoda nation, served as advisor, financial manager, and publicist for many years.

Mason gave an oral presentation on this fascinating subject recently at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. The talk featured historical photographs of events held every summer in Banff from 1910 to the late 1970s. The development of relations of the Nakoda First Nations with the government of Canada, Parks Canada, and the Department of Indian Affairs, and the effects of these relationships are also explored. The work provides a valuable insight into this aspect of western Canada history.


March 02 , 2010
The first performance of the opera by Banff's Sebastian Hutchings, The Road to Mt. Eon, the Legacy of Margaret Stone received support from Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation.

The opera played by local artists which some are internationally renowned, premiered on November 14, 2009 at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff.

Dr. Winthrop Stone, President of Purdue University, and his young wife Margaret were avid mountain climbers. When climbing Mt Eon, in southern Banff National Park in 1921, Margaret Stone was trapped on a ledge for eight days after her husband had fallen to his death. The plight and rescue of Margaret Stone is one of the most dramatic events in Canadian Rockies history. Mt. Eon is the second highest peak, after Mt. Assiniboine, in the southern Canadian Rockies. It's location is remote and, at that time before helicopters, was very hard to reach.

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