The History Center celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting Oct. 13 and free tours. The new center, located at 800 2nd Avenue SE, once belonged to the Douglas family, the Sinclair family, and eventually became a mortuary.
The History Center took the house over in 2014 and began a fundraising campaign to pay for renovations.
Caroline Sinclair, widow of T.M. Sinclair, who owned the Sinclair meat-packing plant, built Brucemore (known then as Sinclair Mansion or Fairhome) for her and her six children, which the Douglas family, who owned Douglas Starchworks and what was later Quaker Oats, built a mansion on 2nd Avenue SE. Somewhere a long the way, the two families switch houses and the Sinclair family took over the Douglas mansion, while the Douglas' moved to Brucemore.
Several members of the community spoke during the ceremony, including Board President, Tim Klima and Cedar Rapids council member, Susie Weinacht.
Several older model cars and trucks were on display in the parking lot adjacent to the Center, which included a truck from Mechanicsville, complete with its own ice box.
Exhibits inside the center include displays on Diversity in Iowa, Collins Rado, Quaker Oats, Shiver-Hattery, the railroad, and handmade quilts, complete with embroidered names of people living in Linn County.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. The price of admission $7 for adults, $5 for students (with ID), free for children 4 and under and museum members.
For more information, visit the Center's website.