Events & Exhibits

The Collins Story:
On the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Saturday, July 13 through February 2020

An exhibit in collaboration with the Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association (AACLA)
“The greatest achievement in history, landing men on the moon, took the work of thousands, but it would have been impossible if one man, Arthur Collins, had not dedicated his life to perfecting radio communication and building the company that invented space communication and has brought us the voice and pictures of every astronaut for 50 years, the Collins Radio Company.”

Admission to the Marion Heritage Center is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Marion Hotel Motel Grant Program.


Early Radio History 
with Mark Kovalan

Sunday, November 10 – 1:30 p.m.

A history of early radios will be presented by collector Mark Kovalan. Learn about early technological developments that propelled radio from a scientific curiosity to a practical means of communication and the widespread adoption of home radio receivers. Photos showing the evolving appearance and styling of radios will also be presented.

Kovalan worked in electrical and systems engineering positions at Rockwell Collins for 38 years, and is an inventor on 11 patents.  He has been interested in radio history and collecting for most of his life, and is a licensed radio amateur.  Several radios from his collection are currently on display in the Marion Heritage Center exhibit, The Collins Story.

The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Admission to the program and exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.


Board Meeting

Thursday, November 21 – 3:30 p.m.

Board meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center. All historical society members and the public are welcome. This month’s meeting is a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Winter Break

Sunday, December 15, 2019 through Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Marion Heritage Center and Museum will be CLOSED from mid December to mid January. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and new year!


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