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.

"A Brief History of Jewish Typography"

How have changing technologies – from the scroll to the codex, the invention of paper and the printing press, to the inventions of the modern era – changed the ways that Judaism is studied and practiced? What insights can typography offer into Jewish communal identity and relations? What have been the roles of nationalism and romanticism, assimilation and cultural exchange, in the development of Hebrew typography? Los Angeles-based artist and designer Hillel Smith will give a multimedia presentation covering the four thousand year development of the Hebrew alphabet from its invention to the present, focusing on how technology and geography have shaped the way Jews practice and think about holy texts. The talk will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 4:00pm in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson 4th Floor Central). Contact Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt for more information (David.Schlitt@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3193). Co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and WWU's Department of History, Modern and Classical Languages Department, Western Gallery, and Department of Global Humanities and Religions.

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.