The History Center 

Giving Circles

The History Center Giving Circles are members of the community who truly believe in our vision and have a deep regard for Linn County History. Without the continual support of our endowment, The History Center could not sustain itself.


See what it means to be a Giving Circle member and learn about all of the benefits! To become a Giving Circle member, contact Jason Wright.

Insider Giving Circles are for outright gifts and gift arrangements from individuals, and do not include sponsorship, which offer additional benefits.

Checks or cash may be mailed to:


The History Center

800 2nd Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

*Please indicate to which level you are donating to, or include a completed copy of

the Foundation Circle Enrollment Form.

Questions about becoming a History Center Insider or planned giving?

Contact us at (319)362-1501 or

IRA Rollover

An IRA rollover allows people age 70 and a half and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA.

For more information, contact your tax professional

Endowment Fund at the community foundation

Donors who give to a permanently endowed fund like The History Center’s endowment fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF) are eligible to receive a 25% state tax credit for their gift. 

In addition, gifts to The History Center’s Landmark & Legacy Endowment at the GCRCF will earn a 25% matching gift from the Foundation. 

For more information, contact the GCRCF or your tax professional.

Types of gifts accepted

Your gift to The History Center may be in any of the following forms:

• Cash, check, or credit card.


• Appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual fund distributions.


• A planned gift, such as bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trust, real estate, and retirement plan.

Foundation Circle

  • Anonymous Donor

  • Patrick & Sandi Cobb

Historian's Circle

  • Anace & Polly Aossey

  • John Ellwood

  • Waldo Morris

  • Duffy & Belva Schamberger

Curator's Circle

  • Tom & Kathy Aller

  • Bank Iowa

  • James Chipokas

  • Rob & Kathy Cook

  • Tris Dows

  • Charlotte & William Hinson Charitable Foundation

  • C. John & Dina Marie Linge

  • Mark & Deanna Long

  • James Meek

  • Douglas & Melanie Olson

  • Hunter & Andrea Parks

  • Emmett & Ann Scherrman

  • Kyle Skogman

  • Doug & Paula Stenskey

  • Dan & Cathy Stoner

  • William & Monica Vernon

Benefactor Membership

  • Richard & Greer Fry

  • Mary Beth Helgens

  • Philip Hershner

  • Timothy Kleinmeyer

  • Karen Koontz Parker

  • Doug & Sharon Laird

  • David & Linda Langston

Contributing Membership

  • Laura Derr

  • Jon Dusek

  • Pete & Kathy Layden

  • Robert & Tara Moorman

  • TrueNorth

  • Kevin Visser & Rocky Chipokas


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