Browse Exhibits (4 total)

"Plenty of Things To Do"


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

This online exhibit explores the work and legacy of award-winning twentieth century children's author and illustrator Doris Burn (1923-2011). Burn was a self-taught writer and artist who sought specifically to engage with the needs, interests and creativity of a younger audience. Her work has proven beloved across generations, with titles published originally in the 1960s and 1970s now reissued in translation and legacy edition. This exhibit draws on rich collections of Burn’s artwork, manuscripts and family papers donated to Western Washington University from the Burn family. We invite visitors and readers of all ages to consider and enjoy the ways in which Doris Burn’s creative output – forged in the San Juan islands of Northwest Washington – continues to connect and inspire as classic children’s book writing and illustration.

Bellingham Centennial : Exploring the Foundations of Our Community


This content of this exhibit was developed in 2003-04 in conjunction with the Bellingham Centennial celebrations, to provide teachers and students an opportunity to examine primary sources related to the history of Bellingham. Drawn from the archives of WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, these primary sources include photographs, maps, and documents that provide a firsthand sense of life in Bellingham a century ago. 

The website presents these materials in four sections:

  • Towns
  • Industries
  • People
  • Schools

This site also presents suggested lesson plans. Educators may wish to use the website for putting together materials for use by students in class; alternatively, teachers may want the students themselves to explore the website, and put together their own materials. 

Through the lens of Wallie V. Funk


Welcome to this special digital exhibit page, created as an accompaniment to the display to be hosted in Western Libraries Special Collections during Winter Quarter 2015. 

This site features a range of photographs taken by noted and prolific photojournalist Wallie V. Funk, who co-owned the Anacortes American, the Whidbey News-Times, and the South Whidbey Record.

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.

The images shown here are a small sample from a far larger collection of papers, prints and negatives donated by Wallie V. Funk to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies in 2003. 

To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering

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Mountains are as much a part of the human psyche as they are a part of the landscape. In his last speech, Martin Luther King spoke of having “been to the mountaintop” and seen a land of greater promise, and Americans proudly sing the lines, “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Literally and symbolically, mountains are a source of liberation. But in helping some reach new heights, mountains have also been the backdrop to past and present struggles that have left others feeling looked down on.  

To the Mountaintop features rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials from Western Libraries’ division of Heritage Resources. Together, these resources explore the complex relationship between our love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class.

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Exhibition curated by Michael Taylor, Special Collections Librarian, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University Libraries

Omeka and online exhibition designed by Anais Avila

Cover photo: "Mount Baker panorama, undated" courtesy of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Henry C. Engberg Photographs