Discover Life Before William Sturgis!


You may know the history behind “Sturgis Falls.” Cedar Falls was originally named Sturgis Falls. William Sturgis was the first permanent resident of the Cedar Valley. He came from Michigan to make a name for himself and his family among the farmland. William settled among the banks of the Cedar River and others came when they heard about the abundance of food and building materials there.

What you may not know is what life was like before William Sturgis arrived. The Cedar Falls Historical Society is busy preparing a new exhibit for 2014 called “Before William Sturgis.”

You can visit this Carriage House Museum exhibit and explore the river valley before the Sturgis family settled on the banks of the Red Cedar River in 1845. There are a wide variety of activities that will entertain all members of the family. Some include talks about traditional skills and native plants, the prairie ecosystem and Oneota archaeology. They will also offer a flint knapping demonstration and a special story time program for children.

The exhibit opens February 13, at 4 pm with an open house. It is open until December 7, 2014. There are events happening every month to promote the exhibit and to learn something more about the culture of Cedar Falls.

The Cedar Falls Historical Society is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM, and Sunday from 1 PM-4 PM. Hours of the Carriage House Museum vary, so visit House – Exhibitions before stopping by. The location is 308 W. 3rd St. Call 319-266-5149 or visit to learn more about this informative and interactive exhibit!

Lauren Schmitt
Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau


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