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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



2017 Weber Day Events

Weber Days: The Jefferson Hotel and the Murals of Mildred Pelzer

Sean Ulmer, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will present a lecture on Mildred Pelzer's Jefferson Hotel murals. Two of Pelzer's murals are on loan to the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center during the renovation of Longfellow Elementary School. "Railroad Arrives" is here at ICPL and "Stage Ready" is at the Senior Center. J Patrick White, who organized the loan and Chris Pisarik, Longfellow Elementary School Principal, will also speak. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-24-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Weber Days: Irving Weber Storytime

In celebration of Iowa City historian, Irving Weber, we will learn about his legend and his fascinating historical connections to Iowa City including his local history bus tours, his swimming career at Iowa and of course his days as an ice cream maker! Designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. Storytime includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Family Storytime is recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children. This program is part of ICPL’s Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Thursday, 5-25-2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Storytime Room
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Weber Days History Walks--The Pest House in Hickory Hill Park

Join us for a nature walk in Hickory Hill Park, where we will visit the spot where the Pest House was. Pest Houses were used to house patients suffering from small pox; this house was used in the early 1900s. We will meet at the Conklin Lane parking lot (800 Conklin Lane) at 11:00 a.m., and then proceed to the site. The walking portion will be at least 30 minutes round trip, it includes some hills, and is of a moderate difficulty.

Date: Saturday, 5-27-2017
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Other
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Weber Days: Little Village, Big Progress - Celebrating 15+ Years of Independent Publishing in Iowa City

This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Wednesday, 5-31-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Why Save an Old Barn?

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn near Downey, Iowa is one of the oldest and largest round barns in the United States. In the process of restoring the barn, its current owner Rich Tyler has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. He'll share the story of the barn's preservation, thanks in part to the individuals and organizations that rallied around the barn and contributed to its saving. The barn is open to the public, and photographers, artists and school children have all played an important role. He'll also discuss how you can save your own barn, and what old barns may mean to future generations who grow up without them. When he's not in his barn, Rich Tyler is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa. This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring the memory and work of Iowa City Historian Irving B. Weber.

Date: Tuesday, 6-06-2017
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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For more information on any event, contact us at (319) 356-5200