Events & Exhibits

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: Bicycles, Motorcycles & Automobiles on the Transcontinental Highway

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


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.)


Walking Tour & Dinner at the Museum

Tuesday, October 3 – 5:30 p.m.

The Marion Heritage Center will sponsor a Walking Tour & Dinner featuring local historian Mark Stoffer Hunter of the Linn County Historical Society. Stoffer will speak about the Uptown Marion business district and relay stories from his memories growing up in the area.

Complimentary refreshments will be served at the Heritage Center starting at 5:30 p.m. The walking tour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner following at about 7:15 p.m. More stories and a question/answer session to follow dinner. (The event will be held rain or shine.)

The meal includes pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans almondine, and decadent brownies for dessert. Tickets are $17.50 or ($12.50 for Marion Historical Society Members).

Only 60 tickets are available! Please call (319) 447-6376 or email to reserve your tickets by Friday, September 29.


Bicycles and the History of Hall Bicycle & Repair Shop

Sunday, October 8 – 1:30 p.m.

Karl A. Moscrip, manager of Hall Bicycle Co., will present this interesting program featuring the history of the Cedar Rapids bicycle shop started by Edward H. Hall in 1898. Hall Bicycle has been a headquarters for bicycles, supplies and repairs of all kinds. Today the shop is owned by the Moscrip family who have embraced the rich heritage that goes back over 120 years.  Join us for a wonderful program filled with stories and photos.

Admission to the program and the exhibit are free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. Reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.


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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