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.

View presentations and interviews with Michael Collins talking about the achievements of his father, Arthur A. Collins, and the Collins Radio Company.


The Collins GPS Story

Sunday, January 26 – 1:30 p.m.

Former Collins engineers David Van Dusseldorn and Robert Erlandson will describe the early technological developments that rapidly propelled GPS from a scientific curiosity to a practical means of accurate worldwide positioning, navigation, and timing. Additional discussion will include the developments which led to the widespread adoption of GPS in aircraft, ground transport, precision agriculture, construction, communication network timing and cell phones.

Van Dusseldorn worked in GPS, Display and Unmanned Air Vehicle engineering and management positions at Rockwell Collins for 36 years. Erlandson worked on various RF and microwave frequency advanced technology projects at Collins for 28 years and is currently an engineering consultant on aviation GPS. Both worked on the first Collins GPS receiver project, the Generalized Development Model for the US Airforce Avionics Laboratory.

The museum will open at 1 p.m. and the program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Admission to the program and exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids.


Board Meeting

Thursday, January 23 – 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. (There is no meeting in December.)


Winter Break

Sunday, December 15, 2019 through Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Marion Heritage Center and Museum will be CLOSED from mid December to mid January. Best wishes for a happy holiday season and new year!


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