Celebrating Fifty Years!


It’s the Cedar Falls Historical Society’s fiftieth anniversary this year, and we have many reasons to celebrate. So we’re throwing a party! Join us on Thursday, December 6, 5:00-7:00 pm for an anniversary reception at the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum. At 6:00, we’ll give a toast to the Cedar Falls Historical Society, and the Cedar Falls Civic Foundation will present its annual Peter Melendy Distinguished Community Builder Awards. Give us a call if you plan to attend: 266-5149.

As we look toward our next fifty years, we’re excited to introduce a fresh, new look for our logo, website, and signage. Cedar Falls marketing firm Vision Development Services donated its design services to create an eye-catching new logo that showcases the Society’s museums and pays tribute to Cedar Falls’ heritage. Designer Steve Welter incorporated local artist Marie Cook’s distinctive silhouettes of four Historical Society landmarks: the George Wyth House, Ice House Museum, Little Red Schoolhouse, and Victorian Home.

Our updated website (http://www.cfhistory.org) matches the look of our new logo and provides regularly updated information. Now you can easily access details about each museum, learn about upcoming events and programs, research local history, and contribute to the preservation of Cedar Falls’ heritage. The new site was made possible by design and software support by Vision Development Services and a grant from the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau.

Soon we’ll be getting new signs near the Behrens-Rapp Station and Ice House Museum with additional support from the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau. The signs promise to catch the eye of visitors and locals alike and enhance the downtown’s historic character.

We’re also making new use of our facebook and are currently posting weekly features about each of our museums.  “Like” our page and learn about the Victorian Home’s original cistern, the fire at the Ice House, and the Wyth-Lamb Shoe Company—and keep updated on all of the latest activities.

In the midst of all that’s new at the Historical Society, we continue to cherish our longstanding traditions, too. We’re especially excited about the beautiful 1920s and 1930s New Year’s gowns on display in the Carriage House.

Here’s to many more years of keeping our heritage alive!

Guest Blog: Karen Smith


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