Born in 1833, Kate Crooks joined the Botanical Society of Canada in 1861. She contributed to a flora of southwestern Ontario, and her pressed botanical specimens were exhibited in London at the International Exhibition of 1862. Written for Atlas Obscura, my story of this forgotten Canadian botanist was published in May 2019.
John Davis Barnett
In 2015, I curated an exhibition of rare books at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. The focus of my exhibition was John Davis Barnett, a rare book collector and plant hunter who gave his library of 40,000 volumes to Western University in 1918. I wrote about this exhibition for the journal Public Services Quarterly.