Events & Exhibits

Good Roads: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway

Exhibit runs through April 29, 2018

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.

Opening day free admission thanks to the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.


Annual Soup Supper Event

Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5-7 p.m.

Plan now to attend our 14th annual Soup Supper Fundraiser. The meal includes a hearty bowl of soup, drink, and dessert. (Gluten free options will be available.) Tickets are available at the Heritage Center or from board members – $6.50 in advance, or $8 at the door. Children under 6 years old eat free. This annual event helps fund our programs and events. Contact the Heritage Center at 447-6376 for more information.


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

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