The mandate of the Whistler Museum and Archives Society (WMAS) is to collect, preserve, document, and interpret mountain life – with an emphasis on Whistler – for the benefit and enrichment of the public. The natural and human history, development of tourism, community events and 2010 Winter Olympic Legacy of the Whistler Valley region are the primary focus for all collecting, research, and programming activities. As a cultural centre and forum for learning, the Whistler Museum develops innovative exhibitions, educational programs and multimedia projects to enhance Whistler's world class reputation in the international mountain community.
The funds from 100 Women Whistler will help WMAS conduct 50 oral history interviews over the next year. This includes transcribing and ensuring safe keeping in accordance with archival and collection standards. Oral history interviews can provide a fuller, more accurate picture of the past and is a way of gathering, recording, and preserving a diverse range of personal experiences that may not be as well documented in other historical materials. Eyewitnesses to events contribute various viewpoints and perspectives that fill in the gaps in documented history, sometimes correcting or even contradicting the written record. Interviewers can ask questions left out of other records and to interview people whose stories have been untold or forgotten. At times, an interview may serve as the only source of information available about a certain place, event, or person.
100 Women Who Care Whistler is designed to make an immediate positive effect on the lives of our neighbours by bringing together 100 (or more) women in Whistler who care about local community causes and who are committed to community strength.