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Free Brucemore Mansion Tours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:56

Celebrate Preservation Month and National Tourism Week at Brucemore with free guided tours of the mansion Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from noon to 3:00 p.m. The 21-room Queen Anne style mansion and 26-acre park-like estate, built between 1884 and 1886, provides insight into Cedar Rapids’ rich history and Midwestern life in the early twentieth century. Tours will begin approximately every 15 minutes with the last tour beginning at 3:00 p.m.


In 1971, the National Trust created Preservation Week to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country, and has since grown into an annual celebration for local communities to honor their past and help build their future. Brucemore will offer other Preservation Month activities in May, including:

  • Brucemore’s Historic Neighborhood Walk – May 3, 6:00 p.m. and May 5, 12:00 p.m.
  • Brucemore Plant Sale – May 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Nooks and Crannies Mansion Tours – May 15-18, 6:00 p.m.
  • Historic Landscape Tours – May 19, 10:30 a.m. and May 24, 6:00 p.m.


The 2012 Plant Sale will celebrate the newly-restored Lord & Burnham Greenhouse.  This annual event funds preservation projects throughout the estate. For more information about Preservation Month activities during May and throughout the year, visit Brucemore’s website at or call (319) 362-7375. Visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation website at for more information about Preservation Month.


The Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to “Discover CR: Be a Tourist in Your Town” by celebrating National Tourism Week, May 5 through 13. Other participating businesses and organizations can be found by visiting


Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


A new experience along the Mississippi River Valley in the Spring! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MRVAD   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:49

Mississippi River Valley Art Directory sponsors 2 self-guided art drives each year.  The spring drive is the weekend before Mother's Day (May 5 & 6, 2012) and the fall drive is the first weekend of November (November 3 & 4, 2012).  This is one of the largest self-guided art tours in the Midwest, presenting the art of more than 500 artists in 55 locations.  The number of locations and artists increase every drive, making each drive new and exciting.

The artists welcome you to their homes, private studios, galleries and shops to interact, learn about, and experience the inspirations that motivate their work.  Some artists and shops may have demonstrating artists scheduled for the drive, others may have "technique demos" available throughout the weekend.

Maps are available at each drive location, and a printable version of the map, as well as a written description from the artists is available at The map indicates the mediums available, address, telephone number and the hours of operation if they differ from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Make an art day! The Quad Cities and surrounding areas have quality art, more than 30 varied mediums, from hundreds of local artists. (One may be your next door neighbor!)  Make the most of the day: purchase unique gifts for loved ones from local artists, visit an artist recommended restaurant during your tour, have your MRVAD Passport signed at each location for a chance to win $25 gift certificates, and enjoy the adventure of a new experience along the Mississippi River!


Children’s Author Mike Graf Tells of Outdoor Adventures for National Park Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:36
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, in partnership
with the West Branch Public Library, invites children and their families to
celebrate National Park Week on Monday, April 23. National Park Week (April
21-29, 2012) is the annual week for celebration and recognition of your
National Parks. The theme of the year’s National Park Week is “Picture
Yourself in A National Park”.

The April 23 program is free and begins at the West Branch Public Library
with ranger-led children’s activities at 6:30 p.m., followed by a
presentation at 7:00 p.m. by Mike Graf, educator and author of children’s
books such as the “Adventures with the Parkers” series. Elementary and
middle school age children who enjoy outdoor adventure fiction can hear Mr.
Graf combine storytelling, drama, and slides about adventures, wildlife,
and history in our national parks. For children interested in writing their
own stories, Mike Graf shares helpful tips and techniques that he uses in
his own adventure novels.

An author of over 70 published books, Mike Graf visits 50 schools each year
all over the country. “I love to write realistic fiction books for children
on the outdoors.  I have published books out on caving, dinosaur digs,
whale rescues, ghost towns, animal encounters, and much more,” said Mr.
Graf, adding, “My national park adventure series is something I am very
proud of.”

The West Branch Public Library is at 300 North Downey Street in West
Branch, Iowa, exit 254 off I-80. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and
the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, also in West Branch,
are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

Bettendorf to Celebrate Arbor Day on the Learning Campus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:34
Bettendorf — On April 28th, the annual Arbor Day Ceremony will be held at Faye’s Field, on the
Learning Campus in Bettendorf. Festivities will begin at 10:00am and run through 12:00pm, with the
tree planting ceremony taking place at 10:30am with a proclamation read by Bettendorf Mayor, Robert
Gallagher. Rain will not hinder this event, as the festivities will move to the Family Museum in the
event of bad weather.

In addition to the tree planting ceremony, the Trees Are Us Committee will be hosting their first ever
―Tree Sale‖. Guests will have the opportunity to come pick up a new 3’ – 8’ tree for their home and a
bag of mulch to assist them with the planting, all for a nominal fee of $10. Learning Campus partners,
the Bettendorf Public Library and the Family Museum will join in the celebration as well! The Library
will be offering free herb plants to the first 50 adults in attendance, and the first 100 children will
receive a free copy of the book, ―The Forest Where Ashley Lives‖ along with suggested reading lists.
The Family Museum will be working with children and families on some fun and eco-friendly activities
on Faye’s Field as well. Additional green living resources will be made available at the event.

Faye’s Field opened to the public in October, 2011 and since then, it has continued to grow in to a
wonderful green space in the heart of Bettendorf. Recently, interpretive signage was added to Faye’s
Field to convey the marvel of the Field to guests. Signage was provided by the Bettendorf Public
Library Foundation, Mary and Chris Rayburn, Jane Bettendorf Vieth, Sally Bettendorf Fuller, and the
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. In honor of their support, these donors will be
recognized at the festivities as well.

Tree sales will be limited to one tree per family and will only be available while supplies last. Two
hundred trees will be available for sale. Trees will be made available to Bettendorf residents and can
be purchased with the presentation of proper photo identification.


Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: Park Visitor Center Will Get New Restrooms and Windows This Spring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Friday, 06 April 2012 08:57
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— The visitor center at Herbert Hoover National Historic
Site will get new restroom facilities and new windows this spring. The
renovation of the men’s and women’s restrooms will help the park meet
federal accessibility standards, and will use more environmentally-friendly
materials and fixtures like touchless faucets, low flush toilets, and
energy efficient lighting. The National Park Service will also replace the
present windows with double-pane windows to improve the building’s energy

Work will begin in April and may take up to 4 months. There may be periodic
closures of the visitor center during the construction. Closures will be
posted on the park website, . The park will provide
temporary restrooms during construction. Restrooms are also available
nearby at the park picnic shelters or at the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to our visitors benefiting from several improvements
to the visitor center this year,” said park superintendent Pete Swisher.
“We also plan to install a new permanent exhibit later this year about
Herbert Hoover’s childhood in West Branch and his involvement with
developing this park.”

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go
online to or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

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