Events & Exhibits

Events and Exhibits

Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers

We are pleased to offer a quarterly 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.

'Out and Out from the Family to the Community': The Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion

WWU Professor of English Kristin Mahoney will speak about English playwright, writer and illustrator Laurence Housman on Tuesday, May 9th at 4:00pm in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). She will discuss the manner in which Laurence's collaborative relationship with his sister, Clemence, with whom he lived for his entire life, became the foundation for broader forms of feminist and anticolonial political thinking at the fin de si├Ęcle and into the twentieth century. For the Housman family, queer kinship practices engendered political activism, and political activism fostered queer kinship practices.

Exhibits and Displays

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

An exhibit featuring original manuscripts and artwork created by award-winning children's author and illustrator Doris Burn opened in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) on Monday, October 3, 2016. 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. The exhibit is available for viewing weekdays between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays), and is free and open to the public. Contact (360) 650-7747 for more information. Click here for the Western Libraries news story.

Doris Burn Digital Exhibit

Click here to view online versions of selected images and text from the physical exhibit "Plenty of Things to Do": The Work of Northwest Children's Author and Illustrator Doris Burn (see exhibit description above).

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 Displays

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.