Engage with History

Engage with History

Special Exhibitions

Bear Whistles, Butter Churns & Beyond: Ceramics in Cedar Falls

Open February 22 - December 14, 2018

The potters of early Cedar Falls created a wide variety of interesting pieces, some reflecting their religious and political opinions, others more utilitarian. Our 2018 exhibition celebrates the history of ceramics in Cedar Falls, the people who plied that trade, and the impact of that craft on the community.
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

Exhibition Opening: Bear Whistles, Butter Churns & Beyond

Thursday, February 22; 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum

Join us for light refreshments as we celebrate the launch of the Cedar Falls Historical Society's 2018 exhibition. Free.

Stay tuned for information about our upcoming program series to accompany our new exhibition!

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.

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. Enjoy an opening reception with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages at Farmer's State Bank and then take a self guided tour to hear the stories of the fires in Cedar Falls' downtown.

This event is a partnership between Cedar Falls Community Main Street and the Cedar Falls Historical Society. 

Preserving the Harvest

Saturday, October 7, 2 pm
Victorian Home 

Hear Glenda Riddle, local master gardener, talk about preserving the bounty of summer and fall produce. See Victorian-era food preservation equipment in our home’s kitchen. Free.

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.

Song of Years Cemetery Walk

Sunday, October 15, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Hillside Cemetery, E Lone Tree Rd

Historical Society actors will share the stories of the Streeter family who inspired the characters in Bess Streeter Aldrich’s novel, Song of Years. Hear excerpts from her novel and learn about the early settlers of Cedar Falls, $5.

Primping for the Party

Sunday, December 10, 2:00 pm
Victorian Home

Discover similarities and differences between Victorian and current trends in hairstyles and cosmetics at this fun and festive event. View a mini-exhibit of Victorian hair accessories and styling tools. Free.
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