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.
Please wear alley appropriate footwear!
*All Alley Tours are limited to the first 75 people
Walking tours are sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.
The book is entitled Kaleidoscope, and consists of over 80 short remembrances from everyday life. The stories are the type of stories that were shared at family reunions in earlier decades.
The reading will include portions of Robert Chadima’s “Melting Assets” about the ice industry, Anita Burke’s “River Bottom Farm” in which she shares childhood memories about her family farm which the U.S. Corps of Engineers took by eminent domain to create the Coralville Reservoir, Carol Wohlleben’s “The Class Act,” about the formation of the Culinary Arts Program at Kirkwood, and Racheal Davis’ “The Midnight Ride” about her ancestor William Dawes who in 1775 reached Concord, Massachusetts to warn the patriots that “The British Are Coming”. Henry Wordsworth Longfellow’s poem credits Paul Revere. However, that is not historically true. Revere never made it to Concord. He was captured shortly after leaving Lexington.
This event is free and open to the public.
The History Center invites the community to join us for ORAL HISTORIES LIVE! Featuring: Cary J. Hahn
Cary J. Hahn began his 54-year broadcasting career on the campus radio station at Lindenwood College in his hometown of St. Charles, Missouri (20 miles west of St. Louis off I-70). After radio stints in Lincoln, Nebraska, Jefferson City and Kansas City, Missouri, he came to Iowa in 1979 to be bureau chief for KTVO-TV, Ottumwa-Kirksville.
He was the CBS 2 Iowa Traveler from 1983 to 2008, before returning to his first love…radio… as News Director for 93.1 FM &1450 KMRY Radio in Cedar Rapids.
$5.00 for History Center Members
$7.00 for General Public
Oral Histories LIVE! is sponsored by Mike & Esther Wilson