Museum celebrating Myrtle Philip Day 

Another week, another cake.

In honour of Myrtle Philip Day the Whistler Museum will be offering free admission today (March 19) and birthday cake between 2 and 4 this afternoon.

Myrtle Philip, one of Whistler’s pioneers, and her husband Alex opened the Rainbow Lodge fishing resort on Alta Lake in 1915. The museum’s exhibit on pioneer history offers a glimpse of what life at Alta Lake was like for the early settlers. A Web site, Whistler Pioneer Photographs from the Myrtle Philip Collection, has 200 photographs from one of the museum’s largest fonds. Go to: http://collections.ic.gc.ca/myrtlephilip

Former Whistler Mayor Terry Rogers officially declared March 19 Myrtle Philip Day on March 19, 1986, Myrtle’s 95 th birthday.

Meanwhile, the museum is hoping to host an exhibit of images from the National Museum of the Mountains in Turin, Italy in the next few weeks. Celebrating 100 years of skiing, the exhibit is part of a five-way partnership involving the Italian Consulate in Vancouver, the National Museum of the Mountains, Tourism Whistler, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Museum and Archives Society.

Turin is the host city for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Further details on the exhibit will be announced in the coming weeks.

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