Events & Exhibits

ART by Your Friends & Neighbors

May 20 – July 29, 2017

This is our 16th annual exhibit of more than 65 works of art by our area’s talented citizens. Many works are offered for sale. View the exhibit and cast your vote for the Peoples Choice Award.

Contact the Heritage Center by April 30 if you have original artwork and would like to have it considered for the exhibit.

Thank you to sponsor Hills Bank and Trust Company for providing free admission and the Peoples Choice Awards.

Pastel Portraiture Clinic

As part of the ART exhibit, the Marion Heritage Center and Creative Artists of Cedar Rapids will sponsor a four-session class on pastel portraiture taught by Jean Murray. The limited class size is now SOLD OUT, but any interested members of the Marion Historical Society may attend the instructional sessions as observers/non-participants. The four sessions will be held at the Marion Heritage Center from 10 a.m.- noon on June 20, June 27, July 4 and July 11.

Jean Murray is one of the leading artist/teachers in portraiture in this area, as former CR golf pro Bob Vavra will attest. His portrait by Jean is on display in the current exhibit.


Picnic In The Park

Sunday, July 9 – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for an old fashioned town picnic hosted by the Marion Heritage Center and Marion Lodge #6 AF&AM in Marion Square Park.

  • Purchase lunch from the Masons, or bring your own picnic
  • Old Settlers Reunion
  • Music by Bob and Kristie Black of the Bandjoy Bluegrass Band – 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Historic Architecture Walk – 2 p.m. led by Marion historian Judith Hull
  • Find your Masonic relatives – look through our member registry which goes back to 1844
  • Old-time games for the kids


Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 27 – Time TBA


Exhibit Change

Main Gallery Closed – July 30 through September 23, 2017

The Heritage Center main gallery will be closed from July 30 through September 23 as our main exhibit is being changed. Please call for an appointment to visit items in our permanent collection during this time.


Class of 1957 Reunion

Friday, September 29 – 5-8 p.m.

Welcome home to the Marion High School Class of 1957 for their 60th reunion! (This is a private event. Contact the class representatives for more information.)


Good Roads: Transcontinental Highway 1878 to 1919

Grand Opening: Saturday, September 30 – Noon – 4 p.m.

Watch for more information on this interesting exhibit about bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway from 1878 to 1919.


Class of 1962 Reunion

Saturday, September 30 – 4-8 p.m.

Welcome home to the Marion High School Class of 1962 for their 55th reunion! (This is a private event. Contact the class representatives for more information.)


Annual Soup Supper Event

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5-7 p.m.

Mark your calendars and watch for more information in the fall. This annual event helps fund our programs and events. Sponsorships, donations and silent auction items can dropped off anytime. Contact the Heritage Center at 447-6376 for more information.


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