Weber Days

May is National Historic Preservation Month and we celebrate with Irving B. Weber Days.

About Irving B. Weber (1900-1997)

Irving B. Weber was instrumental in helping Iowa City preserve its history. Weber wrote more than 800 articles for the Iowa City Press-Citizen detailing what it was like to grow up in Iowa City, details like the best places to buy penny candy, the joys of cooling off in Melrose Lake in the summer, and of sledding parties on closed-off streets. In recognition for his work in recording local history, Weber was named Iowa City's Official Historian in 1989.

Community Partners

  • Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club
  • Iowa Genealogical Society
  • Johnson County Historical Society
  • New Horizons Band
  • Orchestra Iowa
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Think Bicycles
  • University of Iowa Women's Archives

Upcoming events

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presented by Glenn Ehrstine: UI Department of German.

On 13 August 1884, violence broke out at the trial of Iowa City brewers Conrad Graf and John Dostal, who were charged with having violated the state’s new Prohibition law. Local Czechs...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

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...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Doug Alberhasky, manager and third generation owner of John's Grocery will talk about the history beer and breweries in Iowa City.

This program is part of ICPL's Weber Days, a series of Local History programs and events honoring...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

Beginning or in the midst of a genealogy project? Come to the library and learn how to use our online genealogy resources like to help solve your family tree mysteries. These resources can be accessed at the library for free without...

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:00am


Join us for a late-spring nature walk in Hickory Hill Park, where we will visit the spot where one of Iowa City's the pest housesouse was located. Pest houses were used to quarantine patients suffering from infectious diseases such as small...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 5:30pm


Note: Event location is Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240. The event is free.  

Iowa City Public Library’s history experts will tell the tale of 1960s-‘80s downtown Urban Renewal, and...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

Military records are great resources when trying to further your genealogy search. There are some key things you need to know about using these records and this class will teach you what you need to know.

It is suggested, though not...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

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...

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

In anticipation of summertime and fairs and in celebration of Weber Days, we will have a special guest for a Fair-themed storytime today, Johnson County Fair Queen Caroline Young. After stories, songs and information about the fair, Caroline will...

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 3:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Have you caught the genealogy bug? Join us for ICPL’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Day in the Digital Media Lab. During the afternoon, guest speaker Theresa Liewer from the State Genealogical Society will discuss naturalization records – what they are...