Jun
11
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Oak Hill Neighborhood @ Metro High School
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Experience one of the oldest intact neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids. The Oak Hill area in southeast Cedar Rapids has a rich cultural heritage.

Sites related to local African American, Syrian and Bohemian history are some of the highlights on this walking tour as well as the history of Jane Boyd and Tyler School.

This new tour is a collaboration between The History Center and the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Jun
22
Sat
Famous Last Words: A Celebrity Roast of Kate Minette @ Scottish Rite Temple
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm

FLW 2019

Kate Minette

Join us for Famous Last Words — A Celebrity Roast

Saturday, June 22, 2019

6 pm: Doors Open

6:45 pm: Celebration of Life

After Life Party to follow for Pallbearer Patrons

Scottish Rite Temple 

(616 A Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)

The History Center is putting the “fun” in funeral as Kate Minette lives through her own mocking (but loving!) eulogy – written and performed by the always hysterical Adam Witte, Dave Martino, and other special guests. We are confident the only tears shed will be tears of laughter!

Jun
25
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Historic Central City in Linn County @ Historic Sawyer House
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This new History Center walking tour explores the town center of Central City, one of five Linn County communities within the national Main Street preservation and economic development program. The longtime home of the Linn County Fair, Central City has tremendous downtown area architecture and history, including the famous Sawyer House.

This tour is a collaboration between The History Center, the Central City Historical Society, and Central City Main Street.

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

Jul
2
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – May’s Island & 1st Street East @ Cedar Rapids City Hall
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Showcasing the unique Mays Island Historic District and the area now known as Kingston Village, explore the west side of downtown Cedar Rapids. Learn about the early history of Mays Island and how Cedar Rapids transformed it into the only island government center in North and South America. Then experience the history of what was once known as “Commercial Street”.

A walk along several blocks of First Street SE will reveal details about the first downtown retail buildings before the Civil War, the construction of landmark “skyscrapers” and a closer look at surviving historic warehouse structures including the Smulekoff and Hach Buildings.

Ticket Prices

Members: $5

General: $7

Jul
9
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Cedar Rapids Downtown @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Discover the oldest section of the city! This tour includes information on the development history of the evolving city center, its famous retail past as “Eastern Iowa’s Shopping Center”, railroads and streetcars, and the area known as Greene Square.

Highlights include a closer look at locally designed architecture and updates on preservation projects!

Ticket Prices
Members: $5
General: $7

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
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
1
Tue
The History Center: Walking Tour – Creep the Alleys #1 @ Town Centre Plaza
Oct 1 @ 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