Introducing Ed Talks, a series of presentations, panels and workshops from invited guests in our beautiful Royal Alexandra Hall, funded by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union.

On the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of every month, we will host a new speaker or set of presenters to share their knowledge of and experience with East Kootenay natural and local history, and the skills or crafts they have honed in this region.

Due to COVID-19 we are finding innovative ways to host these talks, and can guarantee socially distanced seating in our large Royal Alexandra Hall venue. Talks are limited to 40 attendees for this reason.

Why are they called Ed Talks?

The name, coined by one of our 2020 summer students, is a play on the world famous speaker series and Cranbrook’s somewhat infamous escaped circus elephant, Ed. If you want to learn more about Ed’s fantastical 1926 escape into the Kootenay wilderness, check out this short video.

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Have any great ideas for future events and programs at the museum?

Please contact the Programming Coordinator if you have an idea for a future talk, or wish to present yourself.


Learn more and register for our upcoming Ed Talks on our Events Calendar.

Watch Past Ed Talks on Youtube

Past Talks:

TALK | Lost Cranbrook:  Exploring Species At Risk and Managing Non-Natives in the Columbia Basin | Patricia Meldrum | August 25, 2021 

TALK | Lost Cranbrook: Memories of the Post Office 50 Years After its Demolition |Jim Cameron | July 21, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM

TALK | Memories of Japanese Migrant Sex Workers in the Transpacific Kootenays |Dr. Ayaka Yoshimizu | June 23, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Watch here

TALK | EDTALKSxWILDSIGHT May Series| Restoring Our Historic Relationship with Nature | Wednesdays May 12, 19 and 26  2021 | 7:00-8:00PM

Watch Part 1 – Sophie Pierre

Watch Part 2 – Rob and Caroline Woods

PANEL | Building Community in Heritage Buildings with Ferdy Belland, Janice Alpine, Fred Williams and Peter Schalk | Wednesday April 28th, 2021 | 7:00-8:30PM

TALK | Janice Strong, Naturalist | Wednesday March 24th, 2021 | 7:00-8:00PM

WORKSHOP | Michelle Barroca, Archivist and Expert on Historical Preservation | Wednesday January 27th, 2021 | 6:00-7:30PM

TALK | Pat Morrow, Mountaineer and Adventure Photographer | Wednesday November 18th,  2020 | 7:00-8:00PM

Watch Pat Morrow

TALK | Keith Powell, Author and Publisher | Wednesday October 28, 2020 | 7:00-8:00PM
PANEL | Cranbrook Market Gardens | Wednesday August 26, 2020 | 5:00-6:30PM
TALK | Jim Cameron, Local Historian and Educator | Thursday June 4, 2020 | 7:00-8:00pm
TALK | Gordon Sheridan, Local Film Expert | Thursday April 30, 2020 | 7:00-8:00pm

Watch Gordon Sheridan


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