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.


August Board Meeting

Thursday, August 22 – 4:30 p.m.

Board meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center. All historical society members and the public are welcome.


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.

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