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 the campus and broader community.

"Making and Unmaking Histories of Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest: A Panel Discussion"

How have communities, indigenous and non-indigenous peoples narrated and contested stories of settler colonialism in the Pacific Northwest? What are the responsibilities of historians and educators as they explore and present these narratives? Marc Carpenter (PhD candidate, University of Oregon History Department), Dr. Josh Cerretti (WWU History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Departments), Michelle Vendiola (Community organizer, educator, and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada), and Dr. Jennifer Seltz, moderator (WWU History Department) will engage in a facilitated conversation about past, present, and future approaches to the telling of local and regional history. This event will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at 4:00pm in Special Collections (Western Libraries, Wilson 6). Contact Heritage Resources Director Elizabeth Joffrion for more information (Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3283). Co-sponsored by Heritage Resources and WWU's Department of History. 

Exhibits and Displays

"As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora"

Heinrich Heine described the Bible as the Jews’ “portable homeland.” The same could be said for Jewish books more broadly, which bear witness to the long and remarkable history of the global Jewish diaspora. Through a survey of historical Judaica recently acquired for Special Collections, this exhibition traces the physical, intellectual, and cultural journeys of the Jewish people, and explores the traditions that have earned the Jews the description “People of the Book.” Available for viewing Monday-Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment (closed weekends and holidays) in Special Collections (Western Libraries, Wilson 6) during Fall and Winter Quarters (September 23, 2019-March 20, 2020). Contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt for more information or to schedule a group/class visit (David.Schlitt@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3193). Co-sponsored by Heritage Resources and the Ray Wolpow Insitute. 

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.