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