Kool speaking about upcoming book

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Dr. Richard Kool
R. Yorke Edwards collecting on the Brooks Peninsula, NW Vancouver Island

In 1978, Dr. Richard Kool moved to Victoria to begin work as the natural history education officer in what was then the BC Provincial Museum (now the Royal BC Museum, or RBCM). The Director at the time was R. Yorke Edwards, a noted naturalist and biologist, and also the person who virtually single-handedly developed the nascent field of heritage interpretation in Canada through his early work in BC Parks, and then in the Canadian Wildlife Service.

While there are thousands of people in Canada who consider themselves to be interpreters, working in parks, aquaria and zoos, museums and galleries, few have ever heard of Yorke Edwards. Along with Dr. Rob Cannings, emeritus curator of entomology at the RBCM, Professor Kool has assembled and edited the unpublished or marginally published writings of Yorke Edwards, with introductory essays and photographs, in a volume that will be published by the Museum in May.

Recently, Kool was interviewed by CHEK-TV for their "This Week in History" series, talking about the upcoming publication.