Events & Exhibits


Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway

Exhibit runs through April 29

Long before it became part of the famous Lincoln Highway, the roadway through downtown Marion hosted automobile races, bicyclists and famous tourists. Marion helped put our nation’s first transcontinental road on the map. This exhibition tells the story of the travelers who came through Marion by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile and truck from 1878 to 1919. Learn about their mishaps, adventures, discoveries and endurance. See vintage bicycles, motorcycles and even Linn County’s second automobile. The exhibition features vehicles on loan from Marion friends and neighbors, Hall Bicycle Co. of Cedar Rapids and the State Historical Society of Iowa, including the first modern automobile west of the Mississippi River.

Admission to the exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

 

Board Meeting

Thursday, January 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday each month at the Marion Heritage Center and are open to the public.

 

Bicycling Through History: Iowa’s Love Affair with Two-Wheeled Travel

Sunday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Leo Landis, state curator at the State Historical Society of Iowa Museum, will discuss how cycling started as a pastime of wealthy men and became a recreational opportunity many Iowans enjoy. He will also share stories of cycling from across the state, ranging from the first bicycles in the 1860s to John Entler’s scrapbooks highlighting his stove and bicycle shop in Bonaparte in the late 1800s to the beginnings of RAGBRAI. (Snow date: February 4)

Admission to the program and exhibit are free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

 

Women in Sports: 1870s-1900s

Sunday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Presentation by Cathryn Lucas, a doctoral student in Health Studies/Sport Studies at the University of Iowa. She teaches courses in sport studies, health and physical activity skills and has co-authored articles published in The Sport Psychologist and the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education. Learn about Victorian-era sports stars, their motivation, what set them apart from other women of the time, and their impact on Victorian culture and the ripple effect on present day women’s sports. (Snow date: March 4)

Admission to the program and exhibit are free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.

 

Board Meeting

Thursday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday each month at the Marion Heritage Center and are open to the public.

 

The Lincoln Highway – Byway and Future Days

Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Janice Gammon, serves as coordinator of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway under the Iowa Department of Transportation’s byway program. After transcontinental motorists learned that the Omaha-Cedar Rapids-Marion-Clinton route was generally reliable, it became the first choice of coast-to-coast drivers and the choice of Carl Fisher when he formed the Lincoln Highway Association in 1913. The Lincoln Highway was the first improved transcontinental road in the United States, stretching from Times Square to San Francisco. It was developed as a way to sell automobiles and served as a catalyst for economic development along the main streets of the communities through which the route traveled. Janice will explore the early days of the Lincoln Highway, the evolution of the Lincoln Highway Association, the Iowa byways program, and the recently completed Corridor Management plan for the Byway.

 

Hometown Teams – Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

March 18 to April 29 at the old Mt. Vernon High School gymnasium

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is a traveling exhibit curated by the Smithsonian. The interactive displays and museum quality artifacts examine how and why hometown sports are more than just games. The Marion Heritage Center is participating in this exhibit along with 17 other schools, towns, and museums. Contact the Marion Heritage Center for more information or if you have an artifact, photo, or other memorabilia to loan or donate.

 

Stanley Steamer Demonstration

Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Details to come!

 

Walking Tour & Dinner at the Museum

2018 Date TBD

In October, the Marion Heritage Center sponsored a Walking Tour & Dinner featuring local historian Mark Stoffer Hunter of the Linn County Historical Society. The event sold out quickly, so another tour/dinner is being planned for 2018.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the 2018 event, please call (319) 447-6376 or email marionheritage@MarionHistoricalSociety.org.

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