Events & Exhibits

The Collins Story:
On the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Exhibit ends Saturday, February 29

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.


Board Meeting

Thursday, February 27 – 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.)


Art by Your Friends & Neighbors

Opening Wednesday, March 18
Show runs through Saturday, May 30
Artist Reception: Sunday, March 29 – 1-4 p.m.

The 19th annual Art by Your Friends and Neighbors exhibit will feature more than 60 works by Marion-area artists. Drawings, photography, ceramics, watercolor, oil and pastel renderings are just some of the medium used in the pieces that will be exhibited. This event brings more than 700 visitors to the museum each year. Many of the works are also offered for sale.

Admission to the exhibit is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Hills Bank and Trust Company and a grant courtesy of the McIntyre Foundation. Hills Bank also provides cash prizes to the artists of the three most popular pieces in the exhibit. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry.

Marion-area artists interested in being an exhibitor may contact the Marion Heritage Center at (319) 447-6376.


Iowa Artists, Region 8 Art Show

Saturday, April 18 – 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Iowa Artists organization will host a regional juried art show at the Marion Heritage Center. The show is open to public viewing on this date. Membership and show entry information may be found at


Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraising Event

Saturday, May 2 – 7-11 a.m.

Tickets $7 in advance  –  $8 at the door  –  12 years and younger free

Don’t miss our 8th Annual Pancake & Egg Breakfast Fundraiser. This popular event features a delicious breakfast and a chance to visit with your friends and neighbors. Tickets are available at the Heritage Center or from board members.

Thank you to our major sponsors Quaker Oats and Hy-Vee. Contact the Heritage Center at (319) 447-6376 for additional sponsorship or contribution opportunities.


Marion Art Festival

Saturday, May 16 – 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Marion Heritage Center will be open special hours during the Marion Arts Festival. Stop by to view the Art by Your Friends and Neighbors exhibit and meet some of the local artists. Admission is free and so is the popcorn!


Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, July 23 – 4:30 p.m.

Plan now to attend our annual meeting at the Heritage Center. All historical society members and the public are welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.


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