Grown-Up Show-N-Tell

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Meet the Author:
Laura Muntz Derr

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Program starts at 6:00 PM


The History Center

800 2nd Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


$7.00 general public

$5.00 members

Laura Muntz Derr is a retired teacher and marketing professional living in East Tennessee. She taught college English for fifteen years in Virginia, Texas, and Iowa. Derr lived in Cedar Rapids from 1980-2002. She and her husband Tom raised two children and owned and operated a marketing research business, Prospect Management Associates.

Between 1984-85, the Junior League of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Public Library partnered in an oral history project, Cedar Rapids Remembers. As a Junior League member, Derr served as an interviewer and coordinator. The project, funded by a grant from the IA Humanities Board, recorded, photographed, and transcribed nearly a hundred interviews. The interviews are collected in the Cedar Rapids Public Library, The History Center of Cedar Rapids, and the Iowa State Historical Library. These interviews are the basis for A Great Cloud of Witnesses.

Derr is the author of Nick and Viola: A Kentucky Family Tragedy in the Tobacco Wars (1904-1911).  She is a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee.


Derr also has ties to the Armstrong family in Cedar Rapids, interviewing both Esther and Robert Armstrong in 1985.


Join us November 18 as Derr discusses her book and her interviews with the Armstrong’s. View The History Center’s current exhibit, Fashion and Philanthropy: The Armstrong Family before or after the presentation.