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.

Winter 2018 Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Vulić

Western Washington University Professor of English Kathryn Vulić will give a talk entitled "Exploring Medieval Manuscripts" on Wednesday, Feb. 14th from 4:00-5:30pm in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). Using both original and facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, Dr. Vulić will provide an overview of the study of medieval handwriting, manuscript construction, creation and preservation. Her talk will focus on composition, writing, binding, circulation and ultimately preservation, leading us to a better understanding of the medieval processes around manuscript production and use.

Dr. Vulić teaches Medieval Literature and Romance, Old Middle English, and British Literature, as well as seminars on Chaucer, Chaucer's England, and Tolkien's Medieval Sources. She has published and presented papers on medieval writings, medieval understandings of reading and literacy, and the influence of prayer rhetoric and meditative habits on the forms and content of Middle English texts.

Contact Special Collections Manager Tamara Belts (phone: 360-650-3193; email: for more information. 

Exhibits and Displays

"Germany: Integrating Immigrants"

Western Washington University’s Cornelius Partsch, Professor of German, was awarded a grant to sponsor a special exhibition entitled “Germany: Integrating Immigrants,” which will be on display in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) through the end of Winter Quarter 2018. It is available for viewing Monday through Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm (closed weekends and holidays, and also Wednesday, Nov. 1st.) Through a series of 30 posters, the exhibition explores the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, as well as German volunteers and professionals who are working towards better integration. Contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, for more information ( / (360) 650-3193), or see the Western Libraries news story here.

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.