Support Our Work

For over 55 years, the Cedar Falls Historical Society has brought together local residents, business owners, and individuals and families with personal ties to Cedar Falls to collect and celebrate local history. All of our work is about finding and building meaningful connections in our community.

We hope you’ll consider joining us—as a member, volunteer, donor, sponsor, visitor, traveler, and fellow lover of history. Be a part of our Society!

Join as a Member

Memberships now renew annually on July 1 and are tax deductible as allowed by law. Your membership today will be valid through June 30, 2018. 

You can join today or renew your membership through PayPal:
Membership categories:
Student Friend: $20
Individual Friend: $35
Family Friend: $75
Business/Organization: $75
Preservation: $250
Heritage: $500
Millennium: $1,000
Choose your membership level
Membership includes:
  • Subscription to the “Museum District News” newsletter 
  • Subscription to our e-newsletter 
  • Special invitations to programs and activities
  • Advance notice and discounted pricing for historic bus tours
  • Discounted pricing for the Summer at the Schoolhouse program 
  • Two free admissions to the Ice House Museum each year
  • Rewarding volunteer opportunities 

Make a Donation

If you would like to make an online donation, you can follow the link below and specify how you would like your gift to be used: 
Contact Karen Smith, Executive Director by e-mail, or phone her at 319-266-5149 for more information about giving opportunities.

Lend a Hand
and Volunteer

Join in the fun at the Historical Society, learn more about local history, and connect with your community. Each year, over 120 volunteers contribute their time and talents to our organization. Contact us to learn more about what you can do!
Museum Host: Welcome visitors at our Ice House Museum, Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum, or Little Red Schoolhouse. Provide visitors with an introduction to the museum and exhibits, assist with gift shop purchases, and answer general questions.

Council Member: Volunteer Councils develop programming, assist with special events and projects, and care for our historic buildings. Join the Council of the Ice House Museum/Behrens-Rapp Station, Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum, or Little Red Schoolhouse to help oversee our museums.

Education Assistant: Work with the Education Coordinator on school tours, in-class programs, Summer Enrichment Program planning, and special presentations. From leading tours for school-age groups to researching local history topics, there are opportunities to work with a wide range of age groups.

Special Event Committee Member: Throughout the year, the Historical Society has a number of special events and activities that require some extra energy.
E-mail Diane Schupbach or call 319-266-5149 for more information. Learn more about volunteering at the Cedar Falls Historical Society from our dedicated Ice House Museum volunteers:


Our museum buildings provide a rich opportunity for students in History, Public History, Museum Studies, American Studies, and other fields. Interns work on special projects based on their interests and the Historical Society’s needs at that time. Past interns have cataloged our military collection, inventoried our Victorian Home, conducted research for Ice House Museum exhibitions, and helped develop educational trunks for students.

Our staff works closely with interns to create meaningful projects that provide hands-on learning in areas such as collections care, preservation, database management, museum policies and procedures, and exhibition development.
Education Intern
The Cedar Falls Historical Society offers two Education Internships per semester session. This internship is ideal for individuals interested in expanding their understanding of the field of museum education. Experiences may include prepping and setting up for programs, doing research, designing scavenger hunts, giving programs to groups, creating educational craft activities, and assembling educational materials. Click here for more information and for application details.
Collections Intern
The Cedar Falls Historical Society offers one Collections Internship each fall and each summer. This intern will work with the Society’s artifact collection and will organize, inventory, and photograph or scan artifacts for cataloging. She or he may also have the opportunity to learn PastPerfect museum software and assist with database entry. The Collections Intern will also have the opportunity to learn other aspects of museum work, such as hosting at museums and conducting archival research. Click here for more information and for application details.

Please e-mail us for more information or to submit your application.
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