Engage with History

Engage with History

Special Exhibitions

Cedar Falls Fire Rescue: 150 Years

Open February 23 - December 15, 2017

For 150 years, Cedar Falls Fire Rescue has protected our lives and homes. Armed with only buckets and a few ladders in the early years, the department evolved and updated continually to reach its present level of professionalism. Visit our 2017 exhibition and celebrate the sesquicentennial of the founding of Cedar Falls Fire Rescue. 

Explore the department’s history, see historic Cedar Falls fires, watch a video about a local rescue, handle firefighting equipment, and learn about fire prevention and safety. Our special kids corner gives little ones the chance to dress as firefighters, climb on our fire station loft, read books, and play with puzzles and toys. 
Mark your calendar for our Cedar Falls Fire Rescue program series!

Exhibition and program series made possible by a grant from Wal-Mart, Cedar Falls 

Our annual exhibitions are located in the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
308 W 3rd St, Cedar Falls

February - December
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10-4
Sundays, 1-4 
Free admission; donations gladly accepted.

Events and Programs

Museum Under the Moon: Firehouse Dog

Friday, August 4, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Victorian Home

Stop by the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum before Community Main Street's screening of Firehouse Dog for Movies Under the Moon in Overman Park.

Enjoy hands-on fire-themed activities for all ages! Try on firefighting gear, play in our fire station loft, make fire safety themed crafts, and see our exhibition celebrating 150 years of Cedar Falls Fire Rescue. Free.

Cabinet of Curiosities:
Suiting Everyone

Saturday, August 12, 2:00; Victorian Home
Sunday, August 13, 2:00; Victorian Home

Learn about the changes in clothing and its manufacture from 1765 through 1920 from local fashion scholar Chris Lorenz. While you're here, stop into the Victorian Home and see our mini-exhibition of Victorian-era sewing tools and accessories--everything from sock stretchers and hat forms to buttons, needle cases, and shoe hooks! Presentation offered on both Saturday and Sunday. Free.

Fire Rescue:
Then and Now

Sunday, September 17, 2:00 pm; Victorian Home

A lot has changed in 150 years! Learn about the modernization of equipment and the changes in regulations and procedures from a member of Cedar Falls Fire Rescue. Free.

A Hot Time in the Old Town

Thursday, September 21;
Downtown Cedar Falls

Explore the history of downtown Cedar Falls and discover how fire has shaped the district’s businesses and architecture. Watch for more details about this event in partnership with Cedar Falls Community Main Street.

Fire Prevention Month Open House

Thursday, October 12, 3:30 - 6:30 pm; Victorian Home

Elementary students can drop off their fire safety posters, meet firefighters, see a fire truck up close, and learn about fire history. Free.

Five Alarm Chili Cook-off

Saturday, November 4, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; Cedar Falls Woman’s Club, 304 Clay St

Show off your chili-making skills or just attend and sample. Watch for more contest details and ticket information. Spots will be limited.

Past 2017 Programs

Exhibition Open House

Thursday, October 12, 3:30 - 6:30; Victorian Home

Join us to celebrate 150 years of Cedar Falls Fire Rescue. See our new exhibition and enjoy light refreshments. Free.

Cabinet of Curiosities:
Candy Containers
& Chocolate Delights

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 - 3:00 pm;
Victorian Home

View our seasonal display of vintage candy container collectibles. Then hear Lisa Dailey from Chocolaterie Stam - Cedar Falls talk about chocolate and the Stam family’s chocolate and candy legacy. Sample some of these delightful treats. 

Firefighting: Tools of the Trade, Past to Present

Sunday, April 9, 2:00 pm; Victorian Home

Local hobbyist Felix Schumburg has built a unique collection of firefighting equipment from the past century and beyond. He’ll share his experiences as a collector, describe technological changes, and offer hands-on exploration of historic gear. Free.

Family Story Time

Saturday, June 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am; Victorian Home

Hear fire-themed children’s stories from a member of Cedar Falls Fire Rescue, make a fun craft, try on fire-fighting gear, and play in our mini fire house. Free. 

Sunday, July 9, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 3rd & Clay, Cedar Falls

Experience firefighting history as we surround Overman Park with fire trucks. Both vintage and modern trucks will show off their bells and whistles at this fun, family event. Free.

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