Current Exhibits

Alice Smith Dollhouse

(March 3, 2020 - April 4, 2020)

For a limited time, The History Center will be displaying one of the newest artifacts in the collection: a dollhouse from the estate of Alice Smith. The dollhouse is a replica of the home where Alice “Allie” Smith grew up, located at 2137 1st Ave SE. The original home is no longer standing, so this temporary exhibit offers a chance to see a snapshot of Linn County history. Allie furnished the dollhouse with over 200 miniature pieces. She selected furniture with similarities to the items in the full-size house. The exhibit will be open from March 3 until April 4 in the Pilcher Program Room.


This exhibit showcases the childhood home of Alice Smith and is made possible through the generosity of her heirs.

A History of Divine Engineering

(August 24, 2019 - May 30, 2020)

Established in 1952 by Howard Divine, Divine Engineering has a history of innovation in Cedar Rapids, developing industrial conveyor systems for over 65 years. This exhibit follows the expansion of Divine Engineering as the company--with its roots in Linn County--has grown to provide high quality products nationally and internationally.

Sponsored by Divine Engineering, Inc.

Days of Disaster: The Douglas Starch Works Explosion

(May 2019 - May 2020)

The History Center commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works Explosion, an event with repercussions for the entirety of Linn County - including the workers at the plant, local residents, business owners , and beyond.

The exhibit explores the disaster itself as well as the days immediately following. It's a story of tragedy and resilience - and it's a story of community coming together at a moment that could have sown division.


There is a lot to see and learn when you come visit us at the Douglas Mansion. Our permanent exhibits have a number of unique and interesting artifacts and information regarding the history of Linn County.


*Please note that all exhibits and galleries are self-guided.


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

800 Second Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Tel: 319-362-1501