Upcoming Events at the Julia Ideson Building

Julia Ideson Building Tour

Join us on the First Saturday of every month for a tour of the historic Julia Ideson Building. Formerly Houston Public Library’s “Central” Branch, the Julia Ideson Building is a beautiful Spanish Renaissance building in the heart of downtown. Learn about the history and use of the building, the renovations and additions, as well as the significance of its art and architecture. Free one-hour tours of the Ideson Building begin at 11 a.m. at the reception desk in the lobby. Tours are available on a first come basis and are limited to 20 people. If you would like to schedule a tour for a group of 10 or more, please contact 832-393-1662.


Texas Room Orientation

On the Third Saturday of every month, Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) will offer a Texas Room orientation.  In our monthly orientation, patrons can learn about the variety of resources available through the Texas Room and the types of collections and materials available through HMRC. Find out how to get started with your research and ways to get the most out of your research.  No reservations required.


'We Serve Humanity': Stories of Hope and Commitment Lectures November 12, 2016
Julia Ideson Building, 2nd floor exhibit gallery
550 McKinney, Houston 77002

In recognition of Citizenship Month, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and Houston Public Library will be hosting a Closing Day lecture series on November 12th to accompany the exhibition, We Serve Humanity: Stories of Hope and Commitment. Historians will address aspects and themes of the exhibition:

  • Betty Chapman, Breaking Down Barriers: Houston Women and the Road to Equality
  • Thomas Kreneck, Felix Tijerina, Alfonso Vazquez and the Mexican-American Collections at HMRC
  • Bartee Haile, Edward Mandell House: The Colonel Behind the Curtain
  • Barbara Humphreys, The Intrepid Miss Ideson

There will also be a screening of the film Forgotten Minds, the 13-minute promotional piece for Felix Tijerina's Little School of the 400. Detailed schedule to be released closer to event date.

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