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.
Spring 2018 Distinguished Speakers: Chuck and Dee Robinson
Longtime community members and local business owners Chuck and Dee Robinson will give a talk entitled "It Takes a Village Books: Building Community, One Book at a Time," on Thursday, May 24th at 4:00pm in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The Robinsons will discuss the history of Village Books, its growth from a small "mom and pop" store to a two-location enterprise employing fifty people, its broad engagement with the community, and their decision to leave the historical records of the business to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies as part of that legacy. Contact CPNWS Archivist Ruth Steele for more information (Ruth.Steele@wwu.edu; (360) 605-7747), or click here to see the Western Libraries news story.
Exhibits and Displays
"The Global Book"
This exhibition, which opened in March 2018, invites viewers to consider books as one point of departure for exploring our shared global heritage. How do books' physical attributes reveal cross-cultural influences? Have the same creative impulses emerged in places hundreds of years and thousands of miles apart? Can juxtaposing one book with another tell us something about each that we cannot get by looking at just one?
The exhibit features materials from the Rare Book Collection in Special Collections. It is available for viewing in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) Monday-Friday from 11:00am-4:00pm and by advance appointment (closed weekends and holidays). Contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor with any questions or for more infomation (Michael.Taylor@wwu.edu; (360) 650-3097).
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.