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...

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 Groceries will talk about the history of the hidden beer caves underneath John's Grocery.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 5:30pm


Iowa City Public Library’s history experts will tell the tale of 1960s-‘80s downtown Urban Renewal, and how it led to the beloved and thriving Pedestrian Mall of today. Just in time for the launch of the final stage of the City’s Pedestrian Mall...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

All In One Room: A History of Country Schools in Johnson County, Iowa by Franklin L. Yoder is the culmination of a five-year research and oral history project conducted by a committee of dedicated members and volunteers at the Johnson County...