"The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World" A Documentary Screening at the Houston Public Library
Style Magazine Newswire | 6/27/2016, 5:15 p.m.
The Houston Public Library’s (HPL) Astrodome Memories Project is hosting a screening of “The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World” on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 6 PM. The event will take place at the Central Library Program Place (4th Floor), 500 McKinney, 77002. “The Astrodome” is produced by Chip Rives and his company, Texas Crew Productions, in conjunction with the MLB Network. The hour-long documentary tells the story of the Astrodome’s beginnings and its place in the cultural history of Houston through contemporary interviews, vintage footage, and archival sources. The event will include an informal discussion following the screening with the filmmaker, Chip Rives, facilitated by Mike Vance of Houston Arts and Media. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 832-393-1313.
About the Astrodome Memories Project
The Astrodome Memories Project provides access to a broad collection of Astrodome-related materials, including items contributed by the public and major archives from the Houston area and the state. The collection contains oral histories, photographs, blueprints, and audio-video materials related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as pamphlets, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years. Astrodome Memories is a project of the Houston Public Library in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Harris County Archives, the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, and the Harris County Public Library. This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Oral histories and various items that have been scanned can be found online at the Astrodome Memories Project website at www.astrodomememories.org.
About the Astrodome
The Astrodome, located in the NRG Park (formerly Reliant) complex, provided many exciting and memorable moments in the lives of countless Houstonians as well as visitors from around the world when it opened in 1965 until it closed in 1999. Dubbed the “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” after its opening, its history is a significant and important part of the City of Houston. The Astrodome was the first fully-domed and air-conditioned sports stadium in the world, the first stadium with luxury sky-boxes and the first stadium to install artificial turf. Owned by Harris County, it was host to cultural events ranging from sporting events to rock concerts, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, to the housing of evacuees from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.