Room: Central Library Program Place
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Type: Movies, Exhibits
Age Group: adults, appropriate for all ages
"The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World" Documentary Screening
The hour-long documentary tells the story of the Dome’s beginnings and its place in the cultural history of Houston through contemporary interviews, vintage footage, and archival sources.
Astrodome Memories Project
The Astrodome Memories Project provides access to a broad collection of Astrodome-related materials, including items contributed by the public, and major archives in the Houston area and the state. The collection contains oral histories, photographs, blueprints, and audio-video materials related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as pamphlets, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years. Astrodome Memories is a project of the Houston Public Library in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Harris County Archives, the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, and the Harris County Public Library. This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Oral histories and items scanned at the 2015 Memories Scanning Event are posted online at the Astrodome Memories Project website at www.astrodomememories.org.
About the Astrodome
The Astrodome, located in the NRG (formerly Reliant) Park complex, provided many exciting and memorable moments in the lives of countless Houstonians as well as visitors from around the world when it opened in 1965 until it closed in 1999. Dubbed the “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” after its opening, its history is a significant and important part of the City of Houston. The Astrodome was the first fully-domed and air-conditioned sports stadium in the world, the first stadium with luxury skyboxes and the first stadium to install artificial turf. Owned by Harris County, it was the host to cultural events ranging from sporting events to rock concerts, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to the housing of evacuees from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to safeguard significant resources, provide information services that inspire and support research, education and reading, and enhance the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.
About Institute of Museum and Library Services
The mission of Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.
About Harris County Archives
The mission of the Harris County Archives is to document the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County as revealed through county records and donated materials.
About the Harris County Public Library
Harris County Public Library (HCPL) is a network of 26 community focused libraries that meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of a highly diverse public throughout Harris County. HCPL's mission is to provide information and resources to enrich lives and strengthen communities through innovative services within and beyond our walls.
About The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
The University of Houston Libraries Special Collections’ mission is to preserve, safeguard, organize, and describe materials in our collecting areas, making them available for current and future generations. Special Collections supports the teaching and research activities of the University of Houston, and serves as a resource for the scholarly community and the general public. The services provided include reference, instruction, archival collections processing, book processing, digitization, collection development, exhibits, marketing, and outreach.
About the Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library
As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contribution to the betterment of the world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.