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.


Amateur Radio:
From Spark Gap to Digital Signal Processing

Sunday, September 15 – 1:30 p.m.

Joe Spinks will present a program about the hobby of ham radio. Joe is a former City of Marion Council member who has worked as an electrical engineer at Collins Aerospace (Rockwell Collins) for 37 years. He and his wife Teresa have called Marion home for 40 years.

Spinks has been an amateur radio operator or “ham” for 52 years. His call sign AA0KW was first licensed when he was a junior in high school. He has witnessed many communication technologies and yet has only worked with a few. Communication opportunities are expanding every year as technology moves forward and many more ideas await exploration.

The museum opens at 1 p.m. and the one-hour program will be followed by discussion and a reception with light refreshments. Admission to the exhibition and all the outreach programs in the series is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.


Board Meeting

Thursday, September 26 – 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.


Swamp Fox Festival

Saturday, September 28 – 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re opening early! Stop by when you are uptown for the festivities and parade. Check here for a Swamp Fox schedule of events.


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

Thursday, October 10 – 7:00 p.m.

More information coming soon.


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.


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