Walk through Cedar Rapids history

Tour series begins Tuesday, digital sites expanded

CEDAR RAPIDS — The History Center’s 2018 Walking Tours begin soon — indoors.

Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter leads the tours through various historic Linn County neighborhoods, sharing stories and highlighting landmarks.

A new tour kicks off the season, with a walk through Lindale Mall at 6 p.m. Tuesday (1/23). Beginning at the main interior entrance of Sears, the event will explore the mall’s history.

The next four tours are daytime Skywalk tours of downtown, so participants will be protected from any inclement weather. The Tuesday tours will be held Feb. 17 (1 p.m., north route), March 13 (1 p.m., south route), March 27 (10 a.m., north route), and April 10 (10 a.m., south route). Starting point is the second floor at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The History Center’s outdoor walking tours begin April 24 with a 6 p.m. tour of the Wholesale and Warehouse District tour, featuring a new route, beginning at the Fourth Avenue side of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The June 12 Oak Hill Neighborhood tour also has a new route.

Additional new tours this year include a June 25 tour of downtown Cedar Rapids with an emphasis on connections to photographer William Baylis, whose work is on display at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. A new walk through Linwood Cemetery will be offered Sept. 25.

See the full tour schedule at Historycenter.org/tours

Cost is $5 for History Center members and $7 for the general public. The HisTOURy Hopper program allows participants to sign up for 10 tours at a discount: $45 for History Center members and $60 for the general public. Tours are limited to 100 people and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

DIGITAL TOURS

The History Center’s “Linn There, Done That” project expands on the organization’s walking tours by providing digital information about in Linn County historic sites. The project, which is a collaboration with Iowa BIG (Iowa’s Initiative Based High School Experience), has recently added six sites to its existing list of locations.

Students in the Iowa BIG program chose sites and used materials from The History Center archives to map the progress of each location over time. Through photographs, student narrative and audio from Stoffer Hunter, each location comes to life online.

“Linn There, Done That” can be accessed on a smartphone while a user is visiting one of the featured sites. Users also can access the site from anywhere on any device with internet access.

The new locations and their student researchers are:

• College Community Schools/Prairie on 76th Avenue SW; Peyton Reed, Prairie High School; bit.ly/LTDT020

• Town of Ely; Elaina Wall, Prairie High School; bit.ly/LTDT021

• The Eastern Iowa Airport on Wright Brothers Boulevard SW; Alex Haggin, Washington High School; bit.ly/LTDT022

• Westdale Mall in southwest Cedar Rapids; Taylor Peterson, Prairie High School; bit.ly/LTDT023

• Kirkwood Community College; Hannah Allpress, Prairie High School; bit.ly/LTDT024

• Western College/village of Western in southeast Linn County; Tom Bush, Prairie High School; bit.ly/LTDT025

“Linn There, Done That” is developed by the City of Cedar Rapids “History Happened Here” project, a citywide historic digital tour founded by the Cleveland Neighborhood Association.

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For more information, go to Historycenter.org/linntheredonethat

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