We Serve Humanity

We Serve Humanity: Stories of Hope and Commitment

August 27, 2016 - November 12, 2016

Julia Ideson Building | 2nd Floor Exhibit Hall
550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313









The Houston Metropolitan Research Center salutes its 40th anniversary by honoring a gallery of individuals who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for future generations. These courageous Houstonians spanned the 20th century in diverse fields such as business, medicine, civil rights, social justice, the arts, journalism, environmentalism, education and government service. The personal and social challenges they encountered and took on had a lasting impact on the city of Houston, the state, nation and even the world.

Their challenges resonate today as we face variations on many of the same issues. This exhibition tells the stories of these incredible individuals through photographs, documents, audio-visual media and ephemera. Individuals featured include:

Edward Mandell House 
Benjamin and Jennie Belle Covington 
Annette Finnigan 
Leopold Meyer 
Christia V. Adair 
Alfonso Vazquez 
Emma Ferdinand Trichelle 
Joseph M. Heiser, Jr. 
Felix and Janie Tijerina 
William Clayton
Julia Ideson (HPL's first librarian)









This exhibition is generously supported by City of Houston, Houston Public Library and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit dates are subject to change.