Events and Exhibits

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  Archivists will share the hidden gems among family records and  historical documents.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 or 832-393-1662.

October is Archive's Month! 

Hispanic History Loteria Night!
Saturday, October 6 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Discovery Green

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 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. 

See here for more HMRC events.

Back to Houston Metropolitan Research Center