November 2, 2013

Roamin' with the Dome Mobile: "Behind the Scenes" Edition

The Dome Mobile Team has perfected their setup routine, as this video demonstrates.

Last Saturday, we introduced you to the Dome Mobile and highlighted some of the messages people have been leaving on our Memory wall. This week, we‘re taking you "Behind the Scenes" of the Dome Mobile and sharing a bit more about how it all works.

First off, we have to thank our coalition of Our Astrodome local partners -- Preservation Houston, Houston Mod, Houston Arts & Media, and AIA Houston -- who have provided support in a wide variety of ways. The Dome Mobile wouldn’t be possible without these fine folks, many of whom are dedicated volunteers.

The Dome Mobile began cruising the streets of Houston on October 21, the first day of early voting in Harris County, Texas. But until just a few days before that, the Dome Mobile existed only as a concept on paper. Our printing partner Launch Graphics made the Dome Mobile a reality when they covered the outside and inside of our 26-foot truck in printed banners.

View the full “Making of the Dome Mobile!” album on Facebook.

The Dome Mobile has been making stops all across Houston -- farmers’ markets, downtown lunch hours, Reliant Stadium, neighborhood meetings, food truck parks, and dozens of other locations. By November 5 (Election Day), the Dome Mobile will have made more than 30 stops!

By now you might be wondering: Who exactly is this Dome Mobile Team? The masterminds behind the project have been Jason Clement, Director of Community Outreach, and Beth Wiedower, Senior Field Officer, who have been coordinating the National Trust’s Astrodome efforts for months. Assisting with the on-the-ground efforts is Grant Stevens (that's me), Manager of Community Outreach.

When legendary Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell visited the Dome Mobile, it was a perfect example of Beth and Jason in action. Beth talked with Earl about the plan to Save the Dome and shared a personal memory about him, and Jason snapped photos and recorded Earl’s fond memories of the Dome.

(L. to r.) Grant Stevens, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Earl Campbell, Beth Wiedower, and Jason Clement.

During our 30+ stops, we’ve had the privilege of talking with thousands of Harris County voters and working with fantastic local businesses. A few of our favorite stops so far include:


Crave Cupcakes, who has hosted us twice, made special Red Velvet cupcakes with “Save The Dome” toppers!


8th Wonder Brewery, which is named after the Astrodome, has been a fantastic partner. They hosted us at last Saturday, and we’ll be returning again this Saturday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m..

The Dome Mobile even celebrated Halloween down at JR’s Bar and Grill. Check out our Flickr page to see a few of our favorite costumed friends who visited the Dome Mobile.

The Dome Mobile’s work will wrap up on November 5, and we’ll be sure to provide a final update. Interested in helping from afar to ensure a positive outcome for the Dome? Take the Our Astrodome pledge, and catch all the #SaveTheDome action on Facebook and Twitter!

Grant is proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World—Conrad, Iowa! You can most often find him reading, running, or out on the road saving places.


The National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has awarded $3 million in grants to 33 places preserving Black history.

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