Events & Exhibits


Changing of Exhibits

July 28- September 26

The Heritage Center will not have a featured exhibit during this time as we prepare to launch “150 Years of Sports in Marion.” Our permanent collection may still be accessed during this time.

 

September Board Meeting

Thursday, September 27 – 3:30 p.m.

Monthly board meetings are open to our members and the public. They are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.

 

150 Years of Sports in Marion

Exhibit Open: September 2018-April 2019
Grand Opening: Saturday, September 29 (after the Swamp Fox Festival Parade)

Our museum building was once home to Marion’s first large-scale YMCA, so what better place to present the story of the early days of sports in Marion. This exhibit highlights the 150th year of the YMCA’s history in the area. It will introduce you to some historical sports crazes – like shuffleboard, pedestrianism, bicycling, horseshoes, duck pin bowling and push ball. And will even try to explain our enduring love for football, baseball, basketball, track and other high school athletics.

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

Have a story to share? Submit your story here and be a part of this exhibit.  (You may also call or stop by the Heritage Center to submit your story.)

 

How Iowa Met Baseball: The Myths, the History, the Players

Sunday, September 30 – 1:30 p.m.

Historian John Liepa will explore the myths regarding the “invention” of baseball, the origins and evolution of the early game in the United States, and how it caught on after arriving in Iowa around 1858. He will also describe how the Civil War accelerated the spread of the game and Iowa’s important role in making the sport our National Game, with a focus on the players from Eastern Iowa.

Liepa is a historian and professor emeritus of Des Moines Area Community College.He enjoys sharing his interests in baseball and history through informative lectures presented across Iowa – often dressed as Iowa’s first major leaguer, Cal McVey of Montrose, who played for the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.

Guests will have the opportunity to view Liepa’s extensive collection of memorabilia and cards before and after the presentation.

Admission to the program and the 150 Years of Marion Sports exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. A reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

 

Recalling the Life of a Legendary Coach

Sunday, October 7 – 1:30 p.m.

Author Dan Kellams will present the impact and continuing influence of legendary Marion High School coach, Les Hipple. The presentation will recount Hipple’s coaching years at Marion High School which set school records for most wins in football, basketball and cross-country and won his teams 33 conference or state titles.

Kellams spent 10 years writing the book A Coach’s Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians. He is a 1954 graduate of Marion High School where he played four sports under Hipple. He is also a graduate of Cornell College and earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Admission to the program and the 150 Years of Marion Sports exhibit is free courtesy of a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids. A reception and refreshments will be offered after the program.

 

 

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