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Carl & Mary Koehler History Center

IMG_1759One of the first SSNHA Partner Sites to be designated in 2001, the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center dates back to 1969 when it was the Linn County Historical Museum Association. Throughout the years the center has seen many changes, before moving to its current location in downtown Cedar Rapids in 1999. Providing a gateway orientation to Linn County, the center includes many permanent and changing exhibits preserving stories from prehistoric occupation and rural farming communities to urban immigration and the resulting industries.

Continuing with preservation of Linn County’s history, the History Center brings corn production, processing, and innovation to the forefront with a new exhibit funded in part by Silos & Smokestacks, entitled Corn Country. Running through May 21, “Corn County” examines and highlights the many ways corn helps to stimulate the local economy and lets people discover just how prevalent corn is in their daily life. Visitors learn that corn is not just for eating, but can also be found in items such as soap, lipstick, toothpaste, charcoal, spark plugs, and laundry detergent. Additionally, the exhibit chronicles the history of corn production and its many technological changes.

Throughout the year, the History Center also hosts a variety of events to help share Linn County’s story with visitors. An upcoming event entitled, Your Grandpa and Grandma’s Farm, further expands on the county’s deep agricultural roots through telling the compelling story of Joshua Secrest, a successful livestock farmer who lost his farmstead during the Great Depression. The presentation will be held on April 21 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with Rich Tyler presenting.

For more information on current and upcoming events or exhibits at the History Center, call 319-362-1501 or visit www.historycenter.org .

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