Western Libraries Display Case Exhibits

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Western Libraries and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment will host Elwha: A River Reborn, a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, from Oct. 6 through Dec. 30 in Western Libraries Special Collections on the 6th Floor of Wilson Library.


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Display By:
Paul Piper
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Banned Books Week:

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21−27, 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.


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Pattie Moon
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Started in 2004, WWU is in its 11th year in this shared reading adventure. This year’s book, The Boys in the Boat, is a wonderful, engaging story of the University of Washington crew team that won gold at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. This motley crew of dairy farmers, fishermen, and loggers, most who had not rowed a day in their life, managed to somehow learn to row, and form a team that went on to defeat more privileged teams, and ultimately the world’s best.

WWU has its own storied crew teams, with the women holding seven consecutive Division II National Championships. The exhibit case features items documenting our story, men’s rowing jersey (Zak Balonick), men’s varsity sweater (John Fuchs), women’s national championship watch (Anna Carey) and more, including additional books that tell the rowing story. And did you know that the 1976 Yale Women’s Rowing Team was a watershed in pushing through Title IX, which pushed equality for women in sports?

Read the book and participate in the upcoming events:

October 9 Panel: To Strive and Succeed, Stories from WWU student athletes.

October 22 Author: Daniel James Brown visits.


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Display By:
Tamara Belts & Anna Carey
Library Case 4 - see map

Western Libraries and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment will host Elwha: A River Reborn, a new traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, from Oct. 6 through Dec. 30 in Western Libraries Special Collections on the 6th Floor of Wilson Library.

In conjunction with this exhibit, a variety of events will be offered throughout fall quarter, including two Huxley College Speaker Series events and two screenings of the film “Return of the River” (with director John Gussman in attendance), one on campus and one at Bellingham’sPickford Film Center (PFC), The PFC screening of this film is being co-sponsored by the Pickford on SaturdayOctober 4th at 6:30 pm, with a reception scheduled for the film beginning at 5:30 pm and offered as part of their "Doctober" month-long celebration of documentaries showcased throughout the month of October.


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Display By:
Paul Piper
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In honor of the Western Reads selection, The Boys in the Boat, this display celebrates past Olympics through memorabilia collected by area residents, and or passed down through their family (Harry Hinkel, 1924 Olympian to son, Jeff Hinkel). It also features photos of the Olympic Stadium as it is today, photos of the WWU women’s crew at practice, a historic scull seat and oar locks, and all seven consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship trophies won by WWU’s women's crew.

 

Get inspired!


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Display By:
Tamara Belts & Anna Carey
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Introducing WWU's institutional repository - CEDAR.

Contributing to Education through Digital Access to Research

Save the date.

Western CEDAR Launch Party - Monday, October 20, 2014, 4:00 -5:30 pm, Wilson 4 Central.


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Display By:
Jenny Oleen & Kim Marsicek
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Western Libraries is proud to bring awareness of the beauty and culture of the place we call home by highlighting our Northwest Collection, located in Wilson, 4 Central.  Visit and get inspired!


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Display By:
Amy Sedovic
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Western Libraries Heritage Resources invites faculty and students to explore the many unique resources and archival collections available here on campus. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives & Records Management work together to collect unique and primary source material documenting the culture and history of Western, the local community, and the Pacific Northwest region. Our staff are pleased to offer tours and organize class sessions for faculty and students of all ages, and we invite you to visit us in person on the 6th floor of Wilson Library and at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building at Bill McDonald & 25th Street. Contact: Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu; website: http://library.wwu.edu/heritageresources .


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Rozlind Koester
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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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Pattie Moon
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