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.


A Personal Retrospective of Arthur A. Collins
with Michael M. Collins

Thursday, October 10 – 7:00 p.m.

Michael M. Collins will present this retrospective, as both a son and a fellow scientist, about his father and founder of Collins Radio, Arthur Collins. Michael grew up in Iowa, then left to attend college at the University of California-Berkeley, where he received a BS in Zoology.  Following service in the U.S. Navy he earned a PhD in Zoology/Evolutionary Biology from the University of California-Davis. During and after his undergraduate years he worked in various positions at Collins Radio, both in Cedar Rapids and Dallas. In addition to various professional publications, Michael is the author of Moth Catcher: An Evolutionist’s Journey Through Canyon and Pass, a memoir of his studies into wild silk moths, which began along Indian Creek in Cedar Rapids more than 60 years ago.

The museum will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour before the program begins at 7 p.m.


Board Meeting

Thursday, October 24 – 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.


16th Annual Soup Supper Fundraiser

Sunday, October 27 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets $6.50 in advance  –  $8 at the door  –  children under 6 years eat free

Don’t miss our 16th Annual Soup Supper. Meal includes choice of homemade soup and dessert plus a drink. Gluten free soups, bread and dessert are also available. Visit with your friends and neighbors, and view The Collins Story exhibit.

Advanced tickets are available at the Heritage Center or from board members. Sponsorships opportunities are still available. Contact the Heritage Center at 447-6376 for more information.


History of Radio
with Mark Kovalan

Sunday, November 10 – 1:30 p.m.

More information coming soon.


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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