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Chalking Our Story: Douglas Starch Works Anniversary Commemoration

  • Details

  • 5/22/19
  • 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
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  • 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 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. 


About Chalk Our Story

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Brucemore, will commemorate the 100thanniversary of the Douglas Starch Works explosion with a community chalk project. Brucemore invites individuals and organizations to join us as we spread across the city on May 22 to mark in chalk the locations impacted by the explosion.

To participate: Send us an email to receive a chalking location and additional information. 

Date: May 22 (Chalking to be completed prior to 9:00 a.m. with public viewing until dusk) 

Admission: Free

Location: Various locations throughout the community