EP005 Iowa Cedar Falls Historical Society Carrie Eilderts

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In this episode, Sean Thomas meets Carrie Eilderts of the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

  • You’ll learn why Cedar Falls was once known as “The Garden City”
  • How a portion of the downtown has been added to the National Registry of Historical Places.
  • The possibility each year that the ICE HOUSE MUSEUM will be impacted by river flooding. Listener’s, please make your tax-deductible donation to the Cedar Falls Historical Society so they have a fund to deal with flood prevention and/or flood cleanup if this should occur like it did in 2008 and 2016.
  • How Cedar Falls has a rich Danish heritage. Those who want to learn more can connect with the Society via their website.
  • How people can designate the Cedar Falls Historical Society as their organization of choice on Amazon Smile. From that point on, each time you use Amazon Smile, Amazon donates a portion of everything you purchase to the Society. It’s a good way to maintain consistent donations.
  • How Carrie was always interested in history as a youngster but what really sealed the deal for a history future was a history teacher who made history come alive. Now Carrie says “every day is different and fun”.
  • How the Society began in 1962.
  • How the ICE HOUSE MUSEUM will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022!
  • We discus the programs the Society offers every year. They are all available on the website.
  • How the Society is lucky enough to have 100 volunteers from the community to help the four full time staff members manage the four facilities, running the programs, and genealogy research. The unique approach Carrie uses to manage the facilities and the public.
  • The Bus Tours which the Society sponsors to various unique and exciting destinations.
  • How the Society is embracing virtualization, digitization, web access, and social media in everyday operations.
  • How the Society incorporates new history into the fabric of the community and Society.
  • How the Society is collecting stories from the community regarding how people have coped with the Covid pandemic.

This Society is preserving the history of Cedar Falls Iowa for future generations and to share the story of the culture and the history of the place.

If you’re a listener in Cedar Falls OR if you’re a listener researching family history in the Cedar Falls Iowa and you’re not already a member, please consider joining and supporting the society! Right now, donations, and visitors are needed.

The Cedar Falls Historical Society’s website URL is Cedar Falls Historical Society (cfhistory.org) - (319) 266-5149

I hope this information helps everyone understand how innovative and valuable the Cedar Falls Historical Society is to the community. Please help all you can by volunteering and donating to support them. The Cedar Falls Historical Society truly qualifies as one of our nation’s Preservation Oaks!

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