Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup Announced Evening Specialty Tours Offered in April PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:25

Brucemore announces the Thursday Night Lineup schedule of evening specialty tours for the month of April. Each tour focuses on a different aspect of the estate’s history, ranging from life in the early twentieth century to architecture and landscape design.  Space is limited on each tour; advance ticket purchase recommended. Admission fees and further details are available at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

April 4, 6:00 p.m. – Evening Mansion Tour: Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home. The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

April 11, 6:00 p.m. – Nooks & Crannies Tour – Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Mansion. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

April 18, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Landscape Hike – Discover current landscape issues, the role of public use, and the seasonal chores required to preserve the historic grounds amongst the subtle and spectacular seasonal dressings of the 26-acre landscape. See how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. Seek advice from Brucemore gardeners and ask questions on topics ranging from particular plantings to landscape designs.

April 25, 6:00 p.m. – Hands on History Interactive Family Tour: Bring the whole family on this interactive tour of both the grounds and Mansion. Learn about the daily lives of children and families at Brucemore 100 years ago while practicing etiquette of the era, learning to set a Victorian dinner table, and creating a craft project.

About the Thursday Night Lineup

Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or the May schedule, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit
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