Current Exhibits

There is a lot to see and learn when you visit The History Center in the historic Douglas Mansion. Our permanent gallery showcases a number of unique and interesting artifacts, photos, stories and information regarding the history of Linn County's culture, people, businesses, neighborhoods and more.


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

New Exhibits

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An American Dream:
The Lebanese Immigrant

Available through August 13, 2022

Early Lebanese immigrants came to Iowa with high hopes for a better way of life. Many started out as peddlers and progressed to become grocers and business owners. This exhibit illustrates the challenges and success of the men and women as they forged a new life by investing in both their families and Cedar Rapids.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by

Anace & Polly Aossey

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Running Toward

Available through November 5, 2022

When disaster strikes, first responders with the proper training and equipment run toward the danger, bringing help and hope along with them. This exhibit explores the history of local firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and law enforcement.