Tuesday, February 11 from noon-1:00 pm at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building
Please join Western Libraries Division of Heritage Resources for a brown bag presentation by Dr. Paul Englesberg, who will explore the background and history of the 1907 riots in Bellingham and subsequent expulsion of the Punjabi population from the community. Dr. Englesberg will highlight his research on the topic, including substantial investigation of sources from archival collections at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building and elsewhere. The program will include a screening of the new documentary “We’re Not Strangers,” directed by Spencer Creigh and filmed last fall right here in Bellingham.
Dr. Englesberg is professor of education at Walden University, specializing in adult and higher education and educational research. Previously he was on the education faculty at Western Washington University where he initiated the Asian American Curriculum and Research Project.
This event is free and open to the public, and we especially encourage Western faculty and students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore our community’s diverse and complex past. Limited parking will be available in the Archives Building lot (Lot 33G) – please contact Western’s Parking Services to arrange for alternate parking options in case of overflow.
To accommodate special events scheduled in February, programs at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building will amend their regular research hours as follows:
- Tuesday February 4 Research Room Closes at 4pm
- Tuesday February 11 Research Room Closed 11am–1.30pm
Please contact Heritage Resources staff if you have questions about upcoming events, research hours and programs at the Goltz-Murray Archives Building.
Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to be a Project Contributor on a new exhibition from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA. The exhibit, entitled Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest, “uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the region from the Asia Pacific,” and “reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.” One of the featured stories is that of Lummi/Hawaiian fiddler Charley Kahana and the exhibit includes images of Kahana drawn from the Howard E. Buswell collection at Heritage Resources’ own Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Grit opened on December 12, 2013 and runs through October 19, 2014. The Wing Luke is a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources will host a presentation featuring Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire’s new book, A Totem Pole History: The Work of Carver Joe Hillaire, which will include images and readings from the book, along with audio and video samples from its accompanying media companion, Coast Salish Totem Poles.
DATE: December 6 at 3PM
LOCATION: Wilson Library Reading Room
Joseph Hillaire (1894-1967) was one of the influential Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century.
Join carver Felix Solomon (Lummi/Haida) and editor Gregory Fields for a richly illustrated discussion of Hillaire's life and influence. Melonie Ancheta, artist and specialist in Native Northwest Coast pigments and paint technology, will talk about her chapter "A Thin Red Line."
The book by Pauline Hillaire (Scälla - Of the Killer Whale) contains 76 photographs, including Joe's most significant totem poles, many of which Scälla watched him carve. She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her father's totem poles. Scälla prepared this historical record to encourage native artists, especially young people, to carry on traditional arts such as carving.
The book also brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience. Eight contributors to the book provide essays on topics ranging from Coast Salish art history and pigment technology to oral tradition, intercultural relations, and the central role of art in Coast Salish life.
This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered in association with Western Libraries Northwest Collection, which features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to an understanding of this region. For more information, contact Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu.