Landmark and Legacy

 We need your support now! Give to the Landmark and Legacy Campaign by November 15.

There is a very good chance for significant support from the State of Iowa’s Enhance Iowa program via the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) fund. To unlock the funding, however, we’ve been asked to demonstrate robust support from our community.

That’s where you – and your friends and neighbors – come in.

From now until November 15, each gift to The History Center’s Landmark & Legacy campaign helps us show this essential support from the community we serve. The total number of gifts – not the size of any individual gift – is what matters.

Can you give $1? $5? $25? $50? More? Your gift in any amount simply could not be more important than it is right now!


The moment is now

The History Center preserves and illuminates the stories that are the foundation on which this community is built. The Douglas Mansion – itself a priceless artifact – will be the perfect facility in the perfect location for this work. And you are the perfect partner to help us bring this to fruition with a gift to the campaign – a gift that will be multiplied significantly by the CAT grant we are seeking.

With a solid business plan, an achievable campaign goal, and an unwavering devotion to sharing the history of Linn County, The History Center is ready to begin the next chapter in its own story.

We hope you’ll help us write it.

Your one-time gift to this essential capital campaign will ensure the Douglas Mansion is beautifully restored to serve as the home of The History Center. Gifts of $1000 or greater will be acknowledged in perpetuity in the building and can be paid over a three-year period.


Support the future of The History Center

The Douglas Mansion is the perfect location for The History Center. Ideally located near many iconic Linn County structures and institutions, the mansion provides excellent space for both exhibits and programming in addition to being a historically significant treasure in and of itself. Read below for more information on the highlights of this location.

Advantageous Location

  • One block from First Avenue and three blocks from I-380. Free parking.
  • Adjacent to Five Turner Alley, where Grant Wood—who also served as the interior designer for the Douglas Mansion in the 1920s—painted some of his most famous works.
  • Across the alley from the Iowa Masonic Library, one of the largest Masonic libraries in the world with over 150,000 volumes as well as fascinating artifacts.
  • Across the street from the Cedar Rapids Downtown Fire Station.
  • Located in the Medical Quarter (MedQ) district.
Engaging Exhibits

  • Main floor: Exhibit cases in the parlor will provide a taste of The History Center’s full offerings.
  • Music room: This room, on the mezzanine level, was fully designed and crafted by Grant Wood and is the ideal welcoming space for meetings and business gatherings in the adjacent board room.
  • Second floor: Three galleries will occupy the upper floor and will feature a permanent exhibit as well as two temporary exhibits, which will be changed frequently to encourage return visits. The iconic “round room” will relate the fascinating and varied history of the Douglas Mansion itself.
Dynamic Programs


  • Program space: Accessible and flexible, the first floor program room can be configured in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the presenter and the kind of program to be presented. Audio/visual equipment will support presentations of all sorts.
  • Library: This cozy space will be perfect for book groups and other intimate programs, and will provide resources and workspace for the serious historian.
  • Classroom: The mansion’s enclosed drive, once used for livery service, will be transformed into a classroom with a full bay door opening to the grounds. The space will be perfect for school group visits and other special programs throughout the year.
  • Grounds: The lushly landscaped grounds will be used for a variety of programs.


Help us achieve our goal of creating a new home to preserve and share the history of Linn County!