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Irving B. Weber Days

May is National Historic Preservation Month. Celebrate locally with Irving B. Weber Days, a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Johnson County's vibrant history. Weber Days is also an opportunity for the Iowa City Public Library to work with great community partners like the Johnson County Historical Society, Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club, Friends of Historic Preservation, University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & University Archives, Old Capitol Museum and the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.

For more information about Irving Weber see Iowa City's Irving Weber: A Biography by Lolly Parker Eggers (Trafford Publishing, 2006)

Be sure to visit the Library Channel's Iowa City Local History section to stream some Irving Weber videos, and check out the Iowa City and Johnson County historical resources in the Iowa City Public Library.

Participate in Weber Days activities at the Johnson County Historical Society. For more information call 319.351.5738, or go to their website at www.jchsiowa.org.

About Irving B. Weber

View the text of historical readings done during Iowa City's 175th anniversary in December of 2014.

Read Irving Weber's historical stories about Iowa City on the Iowa Digital Library



2016 Weber Day Events

First United Methodist Church Organ concert: a Weber Days/Music is the Word event

This program is part of both the Music is The Word series and Irving Weber Days

Local history display and organ concert featuring Dr. Melanie Sigafoose. Event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 214 East Jefferson St.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Other
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Restoring Scanned Images Part I:

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to get around in GIMP, import a scanned photo, save your project, straighten a photo, and crop and resize it. *** Participants must have good mousing and keyboarding skills. This class covers topics that need advanced computer skills. *** This event is part of Weber Days.

Date: Friday, May 13th, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-4 of 10 seats available.
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Restoring Scanned Images Part II:

Learn to restore a scanned image by using GIMP, a free, open source software similar to Adobe Photoshop. In this class learn how to correct a photo's color balance, the brightness and contrast, correct small areas of damage (like water spots), sharpen a blurry image, and eliminate red eye. Participants need to demonstrate familiarity with GIMP or have taken Restoring Scanned Images Part I to participate. *** Participants must have good mousing and keyboarding skills. This class covers topics that need advanced computer skills. *** Part of Weber Days

Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-1 of 10 seats available.
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The Secret Lives of Houses: How to Research your House's History.

This program is part of the 2016 Weber Days series.

Learn from Alicia Trimble, Executive Director of Friends of Historic Preservation how to research the history of your home or a building.

Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
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Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part I:

Part of the 2016 Weber Days series.

Want to learn how to take care of your digital photo collection? Begin by getting familiar with important terminology and file types. Then learn the key steps needed to preserve your digital photos. Come with your questions.

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-9 of 10 seats available.
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Maintaining and Preserving Digital Photos Part II:

Part of the 2016 Weber Days series.

Want to know about the various tools and software which can help you organize, store, and edit your digital collection? Part II of this series will show you how to use metadata to organize photos. Then we will discuss and talk about tools like Picasa, Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom, and many more products. Bring your questions! *** It may be helpful to take Part I of this class depending on your familiarity with digital photos.

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-6 of 10 seats available.
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Introduction to Genealogy:

Part of the 2016 Weber Days series.

Have you ever wondered about your family tree? Not sure how to start searching for your ancestors? Come join us for an Introduction to Genealogy. From what questions to ask and where to start searching to how to keep track of the information you find we'll get you started on your search. Space is limited register online or by calling 356-5200.

Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
4 of 15 seats available.
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Music on Wednesday @ICPL/Weber Days: Old Post Office Brass

Celebrate "all things music" with Music on Wednesday. Part of "Music is the Word" series to welcome the UI School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. More information is available at http://www.icpl.org/mitw

"Old Post Office Brass" reflects the home base in the Senior Center, formerly the Iowa City Post Office, and is a part of the New Horizons Band. This traditional brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) performs a large variety of music, including classical, ragtime, Dixieland and popular (show tunes, etc.) for a variety of audiences in different venues.

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lobby
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Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets:

Part of teh 2016 Weber Days series.

Citizen historian Thomas Schulein will present a program on how Iowa City streets were named. Making Sense Out of Iowa City Streets - Why can't we seem to drive directly from place to place in Iowa City? Why are there no churches on Church Street? Why are some street signs in Iowa City blue, instead of green? Why do the streets First Avenue through Seventh Avenue go from east to west? How did we get all of those streets named after movie stars? And, what is with those strange-sounding names of St. Mathias Alley and St. Clements Alley? This presentation will focus on these issues and more to explain the layout and naming of the streets of Iowa City. Some early history of Iowa City will be explored along the way. Historic Foodies will provide street food after the presentation.

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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For more information on any event, contact us at 319.356.5200