By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – A series of lectures is returning to Heritage Village with an event scheduled for Thursday, August 26.
Dr. Adrian Van Dellen, DVM, will present a lecture and samples from his photography exhibit which is focused on black bears. The title of the presentation is “Recovering the Louisiana Black Bear to Southeast Texas.”
The lecture series began in 2019 and had to enter hiatus last year due to COVID-related restrictions. Lecture topics have ranged from a music and lecture presentation about Susana Dickinson to a lecture from Ray Hensarling focusing on the King Ranch.
According to a news release from the Tyler County Heritage Society, Van Dellen’s photographic passion tells the tale of black bears, which are scientifically known as Ursus Americanus Luteolus. There are 16 species of black bears, with two of them native to East Texas in the past.
Van Dellen joined a photography group that visited a natural black bear reserve, and he was able to capture many photographs of the animals in their natural habitat.
Currently, Van Dellen’s photographs are on exhibit at Heritage Village in the special exhibits room located behind the Village Gift Shop. The exhibit includes a short video, which is free for the public to view.
Van Dellen, a Minnesota native has made the pineywoods area his home for more than 26 years. He is a retired veterinarian and retried Lt. Colonel from the United States Air Force. His photography has been showcased in books such as Let the River Run Wild, which was a collaboration with the late folklorist Dr. F.E. “Ab” Abernethy. Van Dellen is also the past president of the Texas Black Bar Alliance, and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors as its treasurer.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. and takes place inside the Fiber Arts Building on the Village grounds. Admission is $10, and tickets are available at the event, or in advance at the Village Gift Shop, the Pickett House, Sullivan’s Hardware or at the Tyler County Booster.