Events

History on Tap: Behind the Beat

Sean Donaldson, from the African American Museum of Iowa, will take us from African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to the popular music of the Civil Rights movement.

The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they worked as slaves, elements of spirituals can be found in blues, blue led way to jazz, jazz spurred on R&B, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern music. Each musical style has ties to history, such as jazz and the Harlem Renaissance or Motown and the Civil Rights Movement. To understand history, you just have to look Behind the Beat!

WineStyles offers wine by the glass, 8 rotating craft beers on tap, and a small plates menu.

Sponsored by: CRST International with contributing sponsorship from Randy’s Flooring.

Community Conversation: Remembering the 1919 Explosion

Featured image from the Brucemore collections.

Brucemore, in collaboration with the African American Museum of Iowa, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and University of Iowa Labor Center, is hosting a conversation on the Douglas Starch Works explosion.

The Douglas Starch Works explosion was one of the worst industrial accidents in Iowa history. On May 22, 1919, a small fire at the Douglas Starch Works Company created an explosion. Homes, schools, and stores were damaged. Windows were shattered, and businesses slowed. Forty-four people lost their lives. In the days and months that followed, the Cedar Rapids community showed resiliency by focusing on rebuilding, including at the Douglas Starch Works plant.

Join us as we discuss the history of this tragic event, looking at themes of race, labor, and immigration.

This program is FREE to attend and will take place in Whipple Auditorium in the Cedar Rapids Public Library located at 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

The Douglas Starch Works programming series is sponsored in part by Wells Fargo and Travel Iowa.