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 ( / (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.

Other Events

Winter Used Book Sale - Judaica & More

Heritage Resources is partnering with Congregation Beth Israel for a Used Book Sale on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The sale will be held in the downstairs nursery school at the Congregation Beth Israel (751 San Juan Boulevard, Bellingham). A large selection of Judaic books and media will be available, including fiction and non-fiction, children’s titles, records and CDs, and more. Most books will be priced at $1.00 and cash or check only will be accepted as payment. Proceeds will benefit Heritage Resources' Judaica Collection and the Beth Israel Library. For more information, please contact Heritage Resources' Judaica Project Archivist David Schlitt at

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 ( / (360) 650-3193). Co-sponsored by Heritage Resources and the Ray Wolpow Insitute. 

"To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering"

Click here to view an online exhibit featuring rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials which together reveal glimpses into the mountaineering history of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This selection of resources is intended to provide background and context to support the study not only of climbing and outdoor recreation, but also topics including race, gender, class, culture, and climate change. It was created as an accompaniment to a physical exhibition which Heritage Resources hosted between Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. 

"'Plenty of Things To Do': The Work of Northwest Children's Author and Illustrator Doris Burn"

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 between Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

"Through the Lens of Wallie V. Funk"

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 between Winter and Summer 2016.

Special Collections Displays

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