Events & Exhibits

Events and Exhibits

Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers

We are pleased to offer a regular lecture series featuring speakers who are authorities in their respective fields and who have used Heritage Resources' collections significantly in their research. Programs are free and we welcome attendance from members of both the campus and broader community. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about our 2019 speakers!

Spring 2019: Candace Wellman to present "Inside the Archives: Exploring Whatcom County's 19th Century Cross-Cultural Marriages"

While volunteering at the local archives, Candace Wellman discovered that nearly 90 percent of all early-Whatcom County marriages were cross-cultural. An expert in research methods, history, and genealogy, Wellman resolved to uncover some of these stories, and thus began a decades-long quest which culminated in the publication of Wellman’s first book, Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marriages (Washington State University Press, 2017). The manuscript, which looks at the lives and accomplishments of four indigenous women who married early-Whatcom County settlers, won the WILLA Award for Scholarly Nonfiction in 2018. A companion book, Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities, was published in March 2019. Wellman will discuss her research process and subsequent discoveries at an event in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) from 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The talk is free and open to the public. 

Exhibits and Displays

"Nobody Goes Home Sad: Photographs of the Gallery 6 Poets, 1956-2015"

Heritage Resources is hosting a new traveling exhibition featuring several important figures of the Beat Generation, which will be on display April 1-June 28, 2019. On loan to Western from Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections & Archives Division, “Nobody Goes Home Sad" includes black-and-white portraits and performance shots of poets Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia, and Jack Kerouac. The photographic material comprises the work of two photographers, Walter Lehrman and John Suiter, who captured images of several of the Bay Area poets from the mid-1950s to around the 1990s. In addition to 36 framed photographs, the show includes rare first editions, chapbooks, broadsides, and ephemera selected from Utah State’s extensive Beat Poetry and Little Magazine collection. Remastered audio-recordings of the poets reading at Berkeley’s Town Hall Theatre in 1956 are also featured. The exhibit will be available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays) in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). It is free and open to the public. 

Doris Burn Digital Exhibit

Click here to view an online exhibit featuring original manuscripts and artwork created by award-winning children's author and illustrator Doris Burn. A long-time resident of the San Juan Islands, Doris (Wernstedt) Burn authored and illustrated the 1965 classic Andrew Henry's Meadow, which won the Washington Governor's Art Award. She also wrote the much-loved favorites The Summerfolk and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon, and served as illustrator for a range of other well-known children's books. This online resource was created as an accompaniment to a physical exhibit - "Plenty of Things to Do" - which Heritage Resources hosted in Special Collections between Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

Wallie Funk Digital Exhibit

Click here to view an online exhibit featuring photographs taken by noted and prolific Pacific Northwest journalist Wallie V. Funk. During his career, Funk photographed a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including several U.S. presidents, the Beatles' and Rolling Stones' concerts in Seattle, the 1970 Penn Cove whale capture, community events, and military activities on Whidbey Island. Featured images are a small sample from a far larger collection of papers, prints and negatives donated by Funk to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in 2003. This online resource was created as an accompaniment to a physical exhibit which Heritage Resources hosted in Special Collections between Winter and Summer Quarters, 2016.

Special Collections Display Cases

The Special Collections space includes ten unique display cases the feature rotating selections of books and other items from our holdings. Check back regularly to see what's new. Click here for a list of all Special Collections displays.