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Thursday Night Lineup: Brucemore Evening Specialty Tours

Event Details

March 7, 2013 6:00 PM — March 28, 2013
Location: Brucemore

Event Description

Brucemore will offer a new series—Thursday Night Lineup: Brucemore Evening Specialty Tours—beginning on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Every Thursday night will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. The schedule for the Thursday Night Lineup in March includes:

March 7, 6:00 p.m. – Standard Tour: Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home. The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

March 14, 6:00 p.m. – Nooks & Crannies Tour – Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Mansion. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a “rain storm” in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

March 21, 6:00 p.m. – Historic Landscape Tour: Cover 26 acres and over 125 years of history during this exploration of Brucemore’s landscape. Each of the historic owners of this estate used the landscape differently. The changes they made to their gardens and grounds reflect their distinct personalities and the times in which they lived. The foundation of this tour is the design of noted landscape architect O. C. Simonds whose 1910 design still defines the way Brucemore is used and preserved today.

March 28, 6:00 p.m. – Hired Help Tour: Working on a Country Estate: Join a costumed interpreter during a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore’s domestic servants in the early twentieth century. Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa’s grandest estates while discovering the servants’ living quarters and the Servants’ Village, an area only open to the public during this tour. Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore’s collections enrich visitors’ understanding of the relationships between the employers and their staff.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Weekly tour topics for April and May, admission fees, and further details are available at www.brucemore.org or by calling (319) 362-7375.