Upcoming at the Julia Ideson Building
HMRC is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
7th Annual LibroFest
Saturday, September 29th
Central Library | Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza
Book Snake Craft
Make a Book Snake with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center! A Book Snake is a weight for holding books open. Children and their families will enjoy this fun and easy craft while learning basic techniques for handling books with care.
Anthropoesia, Writer's Workshop
Searching for a story? Find inspiration in the archive! Join us for a writer’s workshop at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and historical documents. Hear from Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects, as he shares how a diary, a map, and newspaper clippings inspired his anthropoesia.
Show & Tell: Stories of Houston’s Mujeres
Thursday September 20th | 6 PM - 7:45 PM
Juila Ideson Building | Meldrum Room & Reynolds Room
Hispanic women have shaped Houston in significant, and often under-appreciated, ways. Join HMRC to see unique items that reflect the vibrant history of Hispanic women in Houston. This pop-up exhibit is a special opportunity to see, touch, and learn about the Hispanic Archival Collections. A discussion of the items on display will begin promptly at 7 PM. This showcase is a part of a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.
October is Archive's Month!
Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Loteria Night! Questions will relate to Houston Hispanic History and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) Hispanic Archival Collections. Prizes include reproductions of historic images housed at HMRC. Event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact HMRC at TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov or 832-393-1662.
Julia Ideson Building Tour
Saturday, October 6 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Julia Ideson Building
Join us on the first Saturday of every month for a tour of the historic Julia Ideson Building, the beautiful Spanish Renaissance Revival style library in the heart of downtown. Learn about the building's history and use, its renovations and additions, and the significance of its art and architecture. Tours begin at the reception desk in the lobby and are available on a first come basis with a limit to 20 people.
Aquatic Rescue: Water Damage Workshop
Thursday, October 11 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
Whether the water damage comes from rain, flooding, or extensive humidity, the effect on your important records can be severe. So what can you do? Join HMRC’s conservationist to learn about preventing and responding to water damage.
Oral History 101: Family History Interviewing
Thursday, October 18 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Reynolds Room
The holiday season is around the corner, a time for family gatherings and family stories. Interested in holding onto your family history? Learn the basics of oral history project development; from project planning, equipment, interviewing, to preserving and sharing your interviews.
Where’s the Book on my House? How to Research a Historic Property
Thursday, October 25 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room
Curious about your home’s history? Don’t know where to start? HMRC's Architectural Archivist will give a basic overview of how to research a historic property, highlighting useful resources in HMRC collections. This program includes a tour of the Texas Room to introduce the public to our collections and how to access them through the reference desk.
Houston: the Poetry of Us
Saturday, October 27 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room
Does Houston have a poetry scene? Share your experience and perspectives at our collecting event aimed at gathering the voices of Houston poets and perspectives on the history of poetry in the Bayou City. This oral history project is a collaborative partnership between HMRC and Lupe Mendez, poet and founder of Tintero Projects. Staff will be on-site with recording equipment to film brief interviews with attendees. All participants will receive a copy of their interview.