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 full list of past speakers and video recordings of their talks can be viewed via this link.

Exhibits and Displays

"Silence Speaks: The Quiet Power of Wordless Novels" - OPEN NOW

Wordless novels, a genre of visual storytelling that paved the way for today’s graphic novels, developed during the years of artistic, social, and political turmoil between the First and Second World War. This exhibition, featuring materials from the Rare Book Collection, introduces some of the major themes wordless novels express and highlights their connections to early cinema. In addition, it explores the complex relationship between power, knowledge, and silence, and reflects on how wordless books inform our understanding of communication more broadly. Visitors will also be able to trace wordless novels’ influences in the 1960s and beyond through a selection of underground comix on display in the adjoining research room.

The exhibition will be available for viewing in Special Collections (Wilson 6th floor) Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm or by appointment (closed weekends and holidays). An online version of "Silence Speaks" can be viewed here:, and an online version of the underground comix display can be viewed here:

For more information or to inquire about group/class visits to view the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor ( | (360) 650-3097).

"As Far As Their Books Reach: Jewish Printing and the Global Jewish Diaspora" - ONLINE EXHIBITION FORTHCOMING

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.” Co-sponsored by Heritage Resources and the Ray Wolpow Insitute. 

"To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering"

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"

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"

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.