Covid-19 Response

March 30, 2020

The History Center will follow the federal government's social distancing guidelines for reopening. Please continue to check back for reopen dates and event updates. 

March 16, 2020

The History Center’s annual fundraiser, Famous Last Words: A Celebrity Roast, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The History Center is working on a rescheduled date for the event in the historic Olympic Theater in New Bohemia.


“We have been carefully following all protocols recommended by the various health organizations,” stated Jason Wright, executive director. “The health and wellbeing of everyone is of the utmost importance. After many conversations with a variety of stakeholders, it became very clear that we need to postpone this event. Practicing social distancing seems the most prudent avenue at this time.”


In addition, The History Center will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17 until Tuesday, April 14. Staff will continue to report to work, but the Douglas Mansion will be closed to visitors and all scheduled events during this period—including the March 24 Walking Tour—are postponed. During this time, The History Center will not accept research requests. 


Ticket(s) purchased for the March 28 event will automatically be applied to the rescheduled event. If a ticketholder cannot attend the rescheduled date, the value of the ticket(s) can be converted to a tax deductible donation to The History Center. In special circumstances, tickets may be refunded, and those seeking this should contact The History Center.


“The History Center is profoundly grateful to all that purchased tickets for this event,” Wright said. “And we’re grateful to the sponsors, which include Cedar Memorial, United Fire Group, TrueNorth and Rob and Kathy Cook. We look forward to gathering everyone together in the near future for a wonderful time.”


Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$7.00 for general public

$5.00 for students (with ID)

Free for children ages 4 and younger

Free for members of The History Center

All galleries and exhibits are self-guided.

The History Center

Linn County Historical Society

800 Second Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Tel: 319-362-1501