Following the example set by her father Gus, May Beamish not only obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the U of S in 1925, but also continued to be involved with the institution long after her school days. Just as her father made a lasting impact on campus; so too has May. The Kenderdine Gallery located at the University of Saskatchewan was named in honour of her father thanks to a bequest gift she made in 1991. Additionally after her passing, May's niece Adelaide Retzlaff also gifted the university with a sizable collection of Kenderdine's paintings, drawings, journals, correspondence, letters, photos, travel souvenirs and tobacco pipes.
These personal mementos, including sketches, telegrams, receipts, a passport and travel brochures are currently on display at the gallery that bears its subject's name in an exhibit entitled Gus: the archive of Kenderdine. "I wanted to show the more personal side of Gus," says Leah Taylor, the exhibit's curator. "Everyone knows his paintings so I wanted to focus on a side that no one has really seen before … I mean in the 1930's Gus took a trip around the world by boat for $900 which was a lot of money back then―you could own a house in Saskatoon for that amount!" says Taylor. Indeed the collection of curios paints an interesting picture of a man whose art was foundational both to this campus and the province as a whole.