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Douglas Starch Works: Wreath Laying Ceremony

  • Details

  • 5/20/19
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Museum/Exhibit
  • Community

Event Description

This spring Brucemore is inviting the community to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works explosion with a series of programming.

The wreath laying ceremony will commemorate the 100th anniversary at the site of the memorial to remember the lives of the employees who died in the explosion. The ceremony will feature thoughts by Mayor Brad Hart; Brucemore’s Executive Director David Janssen; Brucemore’s President of the Board of Trustees Kay Hegarty, and spoken word artist, Akwi Nji. Murdoch Funeral Homes will host a reception following the ceremony.

The Douglas Starch Works explosion was one of the worst industrial accidents in Iowa history. The explosion on May 22, 1919, caused damage across the city of Cedar Rapids, leveled portions of the Douglas Starch Works plant, and resulted in the death of 44 people.

The programming will generate awareness of this momentous event in Eastern Iowa history and create connections between our modern city, the tragic event that occurred 100 years ago, and the community’s resiliency since. 

Space is limited - please RSVP by calling 319-362-7375