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

Sep
26
Thu
Community Conversation – Opiate Addiction: The People Next Door @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

According to the CDC, 130 Americans die every day from an opiate overdose; the epidemic invades every neighborhood. What can we do to understand and help? Local experts know, so let’s talk about it.

Community Conversation takes an intimate look at social issues affecting every Cedar Rapids resident.

This fall, experts on the opioid epidemic share their experiences, humanizing Opioid Use Disorder and addiction as never before.  As opioid use becomes mainstream, and the addict is the guy next door, what can we do?  Our speakers deeply personal stories and startling statistics will help us navigate this complicated issue.

Our panel of experts:

Erin Foster, Director of Prevention Services, ASAC

Rod Courtney, Executive Director, Community Resources United to Stop Heroin (CRUSH)

Lindsay Powers, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative, Cedar Rapids Police Department

Cedar Rapids Public Library is committed to the free and open exchange of ideas and access to information free of judgment. We will facilitate a 45-minute panel presentation followed by a 45-minute Q & A.  Light refreshments will be served.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

Oct
4
Fri
Humanize my Hoodie Presentation and Workshop @ Downtown Library - Cedar Rapids
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:35 pm

Andre’ Wright and Jason Sole present Humanize my Hoodie.

Andre’ Wright, CEO of Born Leaders United and Jason Sole a criminal justice educator have teamed up to form Humanize my Hoodie; an organization that seeks to destigmatize clothing trends associated with people of color and indigenous people.

Join us for a powerful presentation by Andre’ Wright and Jason Sole and afterward make your own shirt. Learn about their mission and how you can be a powerful ally and accomplice in equity.

“We need your help in de-stigmatizing clothing trends associated with Black and Indigenous People of Color. The senseless killings of Black people at the hands of police officers have spurred conversations about society’s perception of the hoodie. Simply put: If you are Black and sporting a hoodie, YOU ARE CONSIDERED A THREAT. We seek to create a world in which our fashion isn’t probable cause for us to be slain in the streets!”- Humanize my Hoodie

Please register by calling the library or online at www.crlibrary.org on the events page.

We always recommend confirming details before attending. We hope to see you there!

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