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October 26, 2011

Celebrate Houston 175: Activities and Exhibits throughout the City
Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30, 2011

Houston's 175th Birthday

Houston 175: Celebrate History honors the City's 175th birthday with a weekend of FREE activities and exhibitions highlighting Houston's rich and colorful history, Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30, 2011.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 Activities and Exhibitions:

Houston 175: History Crawl, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The History Crawl features ten exhibitions and creates an extraordinary look at Houston's evolution into the 21st Century by celebrating architecture, arts, public spaces/public art, city government, commerce, education, medicine, people, sports and transportation. See http://www.houston175.org/about.html for a downloadable brochure.

To make visiting the six downtown History Crawl exhibitions easier, one can purchase a Downtown Hopper Pass for only $6 at any pay station which allows parking at multiple metered spaces throughout the day on Saturday. The time limits for each meter still apply. Or enjoy the FREE History Crawl Trolley connecting the downtown exhibits. Trolley rolls from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last pick-up at 4:30 p.m.

Houston 175: History Conference, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Houston History Association is sponsoring a conference on Houston's history, Milestones and Arrivals: 175 Years of Coming to Houston at the Hilton-University of Houston Hilton, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston 77004. Featured luncheon speaker is former Houston Mayor Bill White. For registration and more information see http://www.houstonhistoryassociation.org/.

Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Houston Public Library and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will co-host a program to help Houston area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in the attics, closets and basements of their homes. The free event is at the Central Library, 500 McKinney, Houston 77002 and will feature presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips. For more information on the programs available throughout the day, visit http://www.houstonlibrary.org/save-our-african-american-treasures or call 832.393.1313.

Sunday, October 30, 2011 Activities and Exhibitions:

Houston 175: Historic Cemetery Tours, noon - 4 p.m.
Historic Cemetery Tours mark the anniversary of the founding of Houston with visits to four of Houston's most historical resting places, Congregation Beth Israel, College Memorial Park, Founders Memorial Park and Olivewood. See http://www.houstonpreservation.org/ for more information.



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