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

 

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.

 

Board Meeting

Thursday, March 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.

 

Stanley Steamer Demonstration

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

Mark Culver of Marion will be firing up this 1910 Stanley Model 70 Touring Steam Car in Marion City Square Park. He will provide a brief history of the automobile, demonstrate its startup procedure, and bring it up to full steam for operation. This Stanley Model 70 is owned by Mark’s in-laws, Keith and Ann Valesh of Oelwein, Iowa. Mark and his wife Kris have accompanied Keith and Ann on several touring trips with their vintage automobile.

Stanley Steamer Facts:
Engine: 20-hp steam engine
Water consumption: approximately one gallon per mile
Water tank: 35 gallons
Main burner fuel tank: 26 gallons (kerosene fuel)
Pilot fuel tank: 2 gallons (Coleman fuel)
Builder: Stanley Motor Carriage Company, Newton, Massachusetts

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

 

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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