Jul
23
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Kenwood Park Neighborhood @ Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This engaging walking tour features the area once known as the town of Kenwood Park from the early 1880’s until it was annexed into Cedar Rapids in 1926. Learn about the old “Main Street” buildings of Kenwood and discover the old streetcar and railroad routes in the area.

This tour also looks at longtime industrial and commercial business historic sites as well as a look at a home where artist Grant Wood lived between 1916 and 1924 near Mt. Calvary Cemetery and Indian Creek.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Aug
13
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Historic Lisbon in Linn County @ Lisbon History Center
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This new History Center tour takes a closer look at the unique Linn County community of Lisbon, started in part by early members of the Hershey family from Pennsylvania!

Highlights include details about Lisbon’s important connections to Linn County railroad and Lincoln Highway history as well as a look at Main Street architecture. There is a special visit to a historic Lisbon church structure associated with the famous Wright Brothers.

This tour is a collaboration between The History Center in Cedar Rapids and the Lisbon History Center.
Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Aug
27
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – College District/Mound View Neighborhood @ Whipple Firehouse
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy a closer look at this incredibly historic neighborhood nestled between the campuses of Coe College and Mt. Mercy University in northeast Cedar Rapids. Discover the unusual history of the first name for this area.

The tour features an eclectic mix of residential, commercial and early industrial historic sites. Highlights of the tour include many places associated with celebrated artist Grant Wood including a close look at his Cedar Rapids childhood home where he lived starting in 1901.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Sep
10
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Linwood Cemetery @ Murdoch/Linwood Building
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Experience the history of the oldest cemetery on the west side of Cedar Rapids. Highlights include visiting the final resting site of some of the infamous Cherry Sisters and a look at the memorial to the victims of the May 1919 Douglas Starch Works Explosion in Cedar Rapids.

Tour starts and ends at the entrance to the cemetery behind the Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home at 520 Wilson Avenue SW.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Sep
24
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Automobile Row/Mansion Hill @ The History Cener
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This tour begins and ends at The History Center! Learn about the area originally known as “Mansion Hill” along Third, Second and First Avenues East. Get a closer look at the very few surviving19th century residences on the“Hill”.

Discover how this section of Cedar Rapids was transformed into “Automobile Row” following the routing of the Lincoln Highway as early as 1913. See many of the restored “Auto Row” structures and get updates on how the area is changing with the expanding MedQuarter District.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Oct
8
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Creep the Alleys @ Town Centre Plaza
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Downtown alleys reveal a great deal of history about Cedar Rapids buildings and they can be a little spooky too! Come explore the dark side of downtown architecture with this unique historic alley tour.

Included areas stories of how alleys function as service and utility access, how they provided secret entrances for Prohibition era businesses as well as clever retail store designs. There will be a few surprises along the tour as well! Please wear alley appropriate footwear!

*All Alley Tours will be limited to the first 75 people

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7