Are you ready to be WOWed?
WOW — Weber on Wednesday – is a month-long program created specifically for local history buffs. On every Wednesday in May – and a few other dates – the Iowa City Public Library will host an event that delves into Iowa City’s history.
WOW is held in conjunction with Irving B. Weber Days, which are held every May in honor of Iowa City’s unofficial historian, the late Irving B. Weber. May also is National Historical Preservation Month.
Plum Grove Gardens Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners Betty Kelly and Caroline Murphy will talk about the gardens at Plum Grove, the home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor, Robert Lucas. Co-sponsored by the Johnson County Historical Society and Master Gardeners of Johnson County.
Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Bring your photos and documents related to Iowa City and Johnson County history, and have them added to the Library’s Digital History Project. Staff will help you scan your items, and send you home with your original and a digital copy. Please bring a USB thumb drive.
A Pictorial History of Downtown Iowa City
Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Author Marybeth Slonneger will present a program on the history of Downtown Iowa City. Co-sponsored by The Friends of Historic Preservation.
Prohibition, Breweries and Beer Caves in Iowa City
Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Marlin Ingalls, Architectural Historian, will give a presentation on prohibition, breweries and the beer caves in Iowa City.
Iowa City Food History from 1830 -1900
Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Rachel Wobeter, a University of Iowa Museum Studies student, will give a tour of Iowa City’s food history, sharing photos and historical notes about the town’s early grocers, brewers, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by Historic Foodies.
Helen Lemme: A History
Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Learn about Helen Lemme from the Lemme Elementary sixth-grade girl history detectives. Join them for an ice cream social after the program.
Images of America: Coralville
Wednesday, May 27 at noon in Meeting Room A
Author and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Director Emeritus Timothy Walch will share stories about Coralville from his new book “Images of America: Coralville.”
History of Iowa City’s Grocery Stores
Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A
Tom Schulein, citizen historian, will present a program on the history of Iowa City groceries from the corner store to the superstore. Co-sponsored by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.
For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.