Events and Programming

Upcoming HMRC Programming

Suffrage Centennial Book Club:
Author Talk: Dr. Leandra Zarnow
 - Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12 PM 
the virtual edition!

Dr. Leandra Zarnow, of the University of Houston History Department, will discuss her newly released biography of New York’s Bella Abzug, chair of the 1977 National Women's Conference. With a fiery rhetorical style forged in the 1960s antiwar movement, Abzug vigorously promoted gender parity, economic justice, and the need to “bring Congress back to the people.” This deeply researched political biography highlights how, as 1960s radicalism moved protest into electoral politics, Abzug drew fire from establishment politicians across the political spectrum—but also inspired a generation of women. Do you have a question for Dr. Zarnow about Bella Abzug? Patrons can submit questions to the author here. Questions submitted by April 20 may be answered by Dr. Zarnow on video on April 29! Link to video will be shared on 4/29. 



HMRC Pops Up! MAKING IT: Creative Women in Houston

From painters to architects to musicians, Houston women have created work reflecting their lives and their city. Join us for this one-night-only exhibit to learn more about the women behind the lens, on the stage, and in the studio. This pop-up exhibit will feature photographs, letters, artwork, and an oral history listening station--all materials from HMRC's own collections. This program is a part of HMRC's pop-up exhibit series, HMRC Pops Up! 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: History of Preservation

Preservation techniques have changed dramatically over the years. In celebration of Preservation Week, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s very own preservation librarian will share stories of preservation breakthroughs and blunders. Learn about the kinds of preservation challenges you may find in family history research and tips for saving your family treasures.  

Rare Books Room Showcase - Flora & Fauna

The Rare Books vault comes alive as we pull books full of critters, creatures, blossoms, and blooms. For one night only, HMRC will offer exclusive access to some of our rarest books of flora and fauna, normally restricted for preservation purposes. This is a special opportunity for our customers to see, touch, and learn about some of our favorite treasures in the collection.    

Stay tuned for more information

Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street.  For questions, please contact HMRC at or 832-393-1662.

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