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

"Western Tableaux - Redux"

A retrospective exhibit featuring historical photographs and other memorabilia illustrating Western Washington University's twelve vibrant decades of institutional life will open on Monday, March 27, 2017 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). Originally developed for the WWU Centennial Celebration in 1999/2000, the exhibit documents key events associated with the academic, administrative and social life of Western's faculty, staff and students. It has been updated to reflect our history to the present date. Contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, for more information (Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu / (360) 650-3193).

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.