116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering (Western Libraries Exhibit)

Presiding Officer: 
Michael Taylor, Western Washington University

To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering. 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. Curated by Special Collections Librarian Michael Taylor and located in Special Collections on the sixth floor of Wilson Library, this new exhibit features historical materials that explore the complex relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class. The exhibit features rare books, historical photographs, and manuscript materials from Western Libraries’ division of Heritage Resources. Together, these unique resources reveal glimpses into the mountaineering history of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, providing background and context to support the study of not only climbing and outdoor recreation, but also topics like race, gender, class, culture, and climate change.

The exhibit is free and open to public, and will be available for viewing Monday-Friday, 11:00am-4:00pm (until 5 pm on Friday, November 9) or by appointment, from September 26th, 2018 through March 22nd, 2019. Contact Michael Taylor (Michael.Taylor@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3097) for more information, or click here for the Western Libraries news story.


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Associated Sessions

Topic Type: 
Special Session