Western Libraries Display Case Exhibits

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Library Case 3 - see map

July 22, 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of an avalanche on Mt. Baker which killed six students and alumni.

It was the 20th annual climb, beautiful weather, and no expectation of ill. But so it is with avalanches. The group of twenty-five were all swept away in a moment. The six taken were apparently spread amongst all sections of the hiking group. This display features photos of previous hikes, and hikes that followed (yes, they were back again the very next year), as well as photos of the recovery and maps courtesy of the Western Libraries Map Collection.

 

Memorial Poem

Now you will be forever young:

Now you will never grow old in a silence, knowing the early music sung.

For now you there will be the slow breaking

Of the early dream, the abandoned undertaking,

The fine plans forgotten and put aside………

There will be none of this for you now: you were young when you died.

You will never listen now for music finished:

For you the song ends on the high note, unfaltering, undiminished.

And you will be forever climbing upward now, ‘the long splendid climb’:

Weariness can never hold you back, nor the world, nor Time.

Goodbye: the dream endures.

You will be young forever; the heights will be forever yours.

--Charles E. Butler, Reference Librarian at the time to the incident.


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Display By:
Tamara Belts, Heritage Resources
Library Case 4 - see map

This exhibit highlights the Seizō "mandara" shūsei:  Chibetto mandara = Tibetan Mandalas: the Ngor Collection by Bsod-nams-rgya-mtsho, Malcolm P. L. Green and Musashi Tachikawa which is in Western Libraries' Special Collections Rare Book Collection. The two volumes present a complete collection of mandalas painted in the 19th century in accordance with the tantric practice described in the Rgyud sde kun btus. The first volume is an explanation to the iconography, bound in grey shantung, embossed in gold and the second volume contains color plates bound in gold shantung, embossed in silver.  The set was published in Japanese, English, Sanskrit, and Tibetan by Kōdansha in 1983.


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Display By:
Margaret Fast & Paul Piper
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Library Case 5 - see map

This exhibit of Asian ceramics celebrates the annual conference of ASPAC (Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast) being held at Western this year. The Western Gallery has graciously loaned pieces of their collection from the gift of Floyd Whittington which includes ceramics from Thailand, Korea, China and Vietnam from c 1400 to 1650. In addition, Korean tomb pottery from the Third Kingdoms Period (57 BC - 668 AD) are displayed from the gift of William J. Rathbun, Curator Emeritus of Asian Art, Seattle Art Museum, in honor of Julia Sapin, Art Historian, Department of Art, Western Washington University.


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Display By:
Sarah Clark-Langager, Paul Brower, Margaret Fast
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Library Case 6 - see map

The North Coast Rainforests display features books from the Northwest Collection located in the "Harry Potter" room, Wilson 4 Central's reading room.


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Display By:
Pattie Moon
Library Case 7 - see map

This exhibit welcomes conference attendees to the annual conference of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, ASPAC,  hosted by Western Washington University on June 20-22nd, in the beautiful city of Bellingham, Washington. The Keynote Speaker is Timothy Brook, the incoming Vice-President of the Asian for Asian Studies. A historian of China, he teaches Chinese and world history at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Republic of China Chair. Some of his scholarly monographs are featured in the display. He will be speaking at the Banquet.


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Display By:
Margaret Fast
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Library Case 8 - see map

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is celebrated every year during the month of June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the gay liberation movement and struggle for gay rights in the United States. The purpose of LGBT Pride Month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history and culture. Student employees from WWU’s Heritage Resources department have compiled a display of documents, photos, and ephemera documenting the impact of the LGBT community at WWU since the 1970s. For more information about primary source material related to LGBT history on campus and in our community, please contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu .


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Display By:
Megan Garbett-Styger and Sarah Bollard
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Mathes Figurine Exhibit - see map

Traditional painted clay storyteller doll from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, featuring long braids, necklace, and a decorated cape and sash, and represented singing to eleven children, nine on her arms and two on her ankles.  Modeled by Santana Seonia.  Item made ca. 1980's.

Text & image from Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections.


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Display By:
Pattie Moon
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