Events and Programming

Upcoming HMRC Programming


¡Ya Basta! Mexican American Activism in Houston
Thursday, April 4 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room

Our city has a rich history of Mexican American activists and organizations that mobilized the community towards change. This pop-up exhibit will feature artists, media, and items from Houston Mexican American activists and influencers. Materials on display are part of the Hispanic Archival Collections housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. This program is a part of HMRC's pop-up exhibit series, HMRC Pops Up! 

HMRC Pops Up! Texas Jazz Archive
Thursday, April 11 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Meldrum Room

In 1987 the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas partnered with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center to document the under-represented jazz scene in Houston and the Gulf Coast of Texas by developing the Texas Jazz Archive collection. The archive was only active for a few years but in that time the initiative collected material from 22 artists. This HMRC pop-up exhibit will feature ephemera, photographs, and oral history clips of the musicians who were inducted.

Preservation Workshop: the Care & Keeping of Your Family History
Thursday, April 25 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Clayton Library | Carriage House

Join HMRC and Clayton for a workshop on basic cleaning and mending techniques! In celebration of Preservation Week, we will offer a hands on workshop on how to preserve your family history collections. Materials will be provided. Reservations required, please call 832-393-2600.  

Rare Books Room Showcase
Thursday, May 16 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Texas Room

HMRC will showcase interesting and unique items from the Rare Books Room. This event will offer exclusive access to materials normally restricted for preservation purposes. This is a rare opportunity for our customers to see, touch, and learn about precious treasures in our collection.  

Where's the Book on my House? How to Research Historic Properties
Thursday, May 23 | 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.  


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.

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