From Draft Horse to NASA: 175 Years of Transportation in Houston

downtown houston1 Special Exhibit For Houstons 175th AnniversaryWhat: From Draft Horse to NASA: 175 Years of Transportation in Houston an exhibit celebrating Houston’s birthday. This exhibit will be part of October 29, 2011 exhibit crawl. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information visit

When: September 15, 2011 through November 15.

Where: Houston Public Library’s Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1313

About the Exhibit
From Draft Horse to NASA: 175 Years of Transportation in Houston exhibit traces Houston’s transportation history. While Houston may be well-known as an oil town, Houston’s history as a hub for transportation continues to be a part of its culture and economy. Once a landing place on the bayou for cargo ferried inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Houston continuously transformed itself until it eventually became the home of NASA. As part of a city-wide celebration of Houston’s 175th anniversary, the Houston Public Library (HPL) presents an exhibit exploring the history of transportation in our city. Images from the collections of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, part of HPL’s Special Collections Division, will describe our city’s evolution through transportation.  The exhibit will include the days of animal-drawn transport, Houston’s stint as a railway nexus where “17 railroads met the sea,” the rise of the automobile and Houston’s famous car culture, and much more.

About Celebrations for Houston’s Birthday
City of Houston 175 Birthday celebrations are scheduled for September 15 through November 15, 2011.  For more information visit

One date to remember is October 29, 2011!  A Houston History Conference will be held in addition to an all-day exhibit crawl.  Ten venues throughout the city are each creating an exhibit exploring Houston’s history and development through one of the following broad areas: architecture, arts, commerce, education, government, medicine, people, public spaces, sports, and transportation.  All ten venues will be open for the October 29, 2011 exhibit crawl.

This celebration is a collaborative effort between Houston Public Library, AIA Houston, the ArCH Foundation, City of Houston, DiverseWorks, FotoFest, Harris County Heritage Society, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Center for Photography, Houston History Association, Museum of Printing History, Texas Medical Center, and the University of Houston-Downtown.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three 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. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, 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.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


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