Exhibits and Events

Our community liaison coordinates lectures and other programs for our community. We welcome our patrons and their families to lectures, educational and social events by our community liaison. Sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an event!

Our Galleries

The Restored Classroom gives visitors a glimpse as to what the Gregory School looked like at its inception in 1926.

The Freedmen's Town Gallery chronicles a crucial period in Houston African American history when this community was established following Emancipation. The exhibit incorporates a wide variety of stories, using artifacts and photographs, proving the power of a people's commitment to one another by building and sustaining family, communities of worship, and social organizations which built this thriving, self-contained neighborhood.

The African Americans in Houston Gallery honors generations of people whose cultural heritage played a significant role in what the city of Houston is today and what it will be tomorrow. Integral to the exhibit are photographs and artifacts representing the principles that are universal to the development of communities.

Special Exhibits present new and exciting exhibits featuring themes in African American history, culture or the arts. Visit our Exhibits page for more information.


Upcoming Events

*More coming up!


Past Events

Lecture: Cornerstones of Community: Segregated Public Libraries, Carnegie Philanthropy and Houston’s Colored Branch, 1913-1961
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 6 PM - 8 PM

Dr. Matthew Griffis, Assistant Professor of the University of Southern Mississippi, will present on his IMLS grant funded research on segregated Carnegie libraries as spaces for learning and community-making in pre-civil rights America.  Hosted by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center on Thursday April 12, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the African American Library at the Gregory School.


Current Exhibit

 

Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase
January 23, 2018 - June 2, 2018

On June 7, 1950, at the University of Texas in Austin, John Saunders Chase became the first African American to enroll at a major university in the South. Chase later became the first licensed African American architect in Texas and is considered one of the most important African American architects of the 20th century.

Featuring architectural drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects from his personal collection, Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase offers insight into the man who built an unparalleled legacy. The concurrent companion exhibition, Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase, highlights the work of several architects who worked with Chase as well as those he influenced over the years.


Programming FAQ

If you are interested in speaking or holding a program at the Gregory School. What is the criteria for that?

Our community liaison maintains a calendar of events for the Gregory School. Call us at 832-393-1440 or email us at hpl.gregoryschool@houstontx.gov to discuss details about your proposed program. We have a strict set of guidelines that governs what types of events we have here.

If you are interested in having an evening event at the Gregory School. How should you coordinate that?

Information on our special events spaces may be found here.

Special events at the Gregory School are coordinated through Houston Public Library's Event Coordinator, Ms. Mignonne Anderson. To contact her, send an email with the details of your event to mignonne.anderson@houstontx.gov and CC hpl.specialevents@houstontx.gov. You may also call 832.393.1646.


Docent Internship Program

Our docent internship program is starting soon! We are currently seeking university and high school students for internship opportunities.

Contact us if you are interested.


HISD 7th Grade Tours

We are working with HISD to bring 7th grade Texas History students to our facility. We invite social studies teachers, counselors, and coordinators to contact us about field trips.

 

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