The African American Library Houston
Where is it at?
The African American Library
1300 Victor Street
Tel: 832 393 1440
Where are we going today?
The United States is rich in history. For thousands of years people from different cultures and backgrounds have walked the lands and made it their home.
One of the most pivotal and important cultures that you will have learnt about it school is the African American history, and the African American library is the first of it's kind in Houston where it preserves, promotes and celebrates the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston and the nearby region.
Through fascinating collections and various resources including reference books, archives, educational exhibits, and unique artefacts, kids will be able to really draw and insight into the lives of others who lived before them.
They hold diverse and educational programs which are specifically developed to compliment the films and exhibits found in the museum, and every few months the gallery will feature a new exhibition with themes of African American history and the arts.
Past exhibitions have covered the influential Blues community in the area, where music tells the stories of their lives, and even the heroism during WWII that was seen by African Americans.
The library is also a great resource for students and teachers - from elementary to university - where they can find a host of reference materials that will help assist any course or project.
The library is a great way to get kids learning and talking about America's past - both the good and the bad - and get them thinking about how their lives would have been different without it.
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Mon to Thu: 10:00 to 18:00; Sat: 10:00 to 17:00.
Any Top Tips?
Whilst children love learning about the history, the younger children are probably better waiting until their visit can coincide with a special event, where the history is communicated in a more child accessible fashion..
Doing our bit
The library really want to ensure they can keep providing this important historical experience to the community, so they are always open to donations for the collections.