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.


From the Dawn of the Space Age to
the Edge of the Solar System

Sunday, July 14 – 1:30 p.m.

Donald Gurnett, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa will speak about the early days of the Iowa space program, working with famed UI Professor James Van Allen, and the great discoveries made by the Voyager 1 and 2 missions.

Professor Gurnett just retired from the University of Iowa in May after six decades as a student, teacher, and researcher. He is a world leader in the field of space plasma physics and has participated as principle investigator or co-investigator on more than 25 major space projects, including the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 flights to the outer planets, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Cassini mission to Saturn. His discoveries include showing that Earth’s aurora is a source of intense low-frequency radio emissions.

An early influence on Dr. Gurnett was famed German aerodynamics inventor Alexander Lippisch, who came to Collins Radio after WWII. Growing up near Fairfax, IA, Gurnett was fascinated by flight. He designed and flew model airplanes with a club at the Cedar Rapids Airport. It was there he met Lippisch, who had invented the Delta wing and helped developed the world’s first rocket- powered fighter plane.

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


Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 25 – 4:30 p.m.

Our annual meeting is open to all members and the public at 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.


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