Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Linn County Historical Society

  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • www.historycenter.org

Mission Statement

To provide a unique community resource that preserves and shares the stories of our past, and connects people of all ages to the present and future of Linn County.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Walking Tours
  3. Bite of History
  4. Linn There, Done That
  5. CeCe Rabbit
  6. Second Grade "Then and Now"
  7. Interim Exhibits
  8. Historic Research
Service Areas

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Iowa

ruling year

1974

Board President since 2010

Self-reported

Dr. Adam Ebert

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Also Known As

The History Center

EIN

23-7311415

 Number

2988683557

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Our permanent exhibit, Land Between the Tributaries, tells the history of Linn County, Iowa, to 5,000 children and 4,000 each year. Smaller exhibits in our changing gallery focus in on more detail about segments of our history. Exhibits in our lobby celebrate local events, organizations, and companies. Programs for adults and children accompany exhibits.

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Program 2

Walking Tours

14 different sectors of Cedar Rapids are explored during these 90 minute walking tours. Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter delves deep into the history of each region, explaining the hows and whys they developed.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 3

Bite of History

Historian Mark Stoffer Hunter presents programs in local bistros throughout Linn County. He tells the story of the area, the building, and everything that has changed over the years.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 4

Linn There, Done That

Linn There, Done That is a device-friendly website that provides virtual walking tours at 13 different sites in Linn County. Produced by The History Center, the research was done by students in the Iowa BIG program, and the technical support was provided by the City of Cedar Rapids

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Program 5

CeCe Rabbit

CeCe Rabbit is a puppet who hosts programs for preschoolers through kindergarten. The students are given examples of what history is, and how there is history all around them.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Female Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Male Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Program 6

Second Grade "Then and Now"

Second graders are provided a program in which they explore what was then, and what is now. They are given artifacts, and then have to imagine what they use now in their place. They have the opportunity to play with turn-of-the-20th-century toys. They are also taught how our Linn County towns got their names.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 7

Interim Exhibits

The History Center does not have a main facility yet, but uses a gallery in the Cedar Rapids Public Library to mount exhibits.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 8

Historic Research

The History Center boasts a robust archives and library. Patrons can drop in and do research during normal business hours. No where else can the public find more information about Linn County's history.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Iowa

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LINN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Linn County Historical Society

Leadership

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Board President

Dr. Adam Ebert

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Adam Ebert Ph.D.

Mount Mercy University

Term: Feb 2009 - Jan 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?