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May 27

May is Historic Preservation Month

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 2:28 PM by Britt Nielsen

Historic Preservation Month

May is Historic Preservation Month making it the perfect time to highlight the work of the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission

The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission is comprised of nine Linn County residents who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a three-year term. They possess an interest or expertise in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, planning, building rehabilitation, conservation in general, or real estate. Commission membership is a volunteer position.

The Historic Preservation Commission works to identify, preserve and protect historic structures in Linn County (with the exception of the cities of Cedar Rapids, Marion, Mount Vernon, and Lisbon, which have their own commissions). The Commission accomplishes these goals by identifying and surveying historic properties, listing eligible properties in the National Register of Historic Places, and reviewing federal undertakings that may impact historic properties.

The Commission also administers and monitors the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program. The program provides an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to apply for funds to assist with historic preservation projects within Linn County. There is $28,800 available in funding annually, with a majority of the awards being in the $5,000 range. Since its inception in 1980, Linn County has awarded over one million dollars in funding toward 228 historic preservation projects in Linn County.

Each year, the grant recipients are required to produce a final report detailing their use of the funds received from the grant program. This year, the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission followed up with some past recipients to produce video updates on the completed projects.

Here are some of the updates: 

Brucemore: The historic mansion is using its grant funds toward an envelope restoration project, which focuses on keeping the elements out of the mansion by improving seals and structures around all doors and windows. Watch the video to see progress on the project and learn more about the mansion.

Coggon Community Historical Society: The society used its grant funds for a window glazing project on Coggon’s Historical Hall. Watch the video to learn more and see the completed project.

National Czech and Slovak Museum: The museum used its grant funds to purchase specialized storage for glassware donations. Watch the video to learn more about storage “P.”

Troy Mills Historical Society: The society used its funds to restore and preserve a map of Linn County from 1879. Watch the video to see the restored map for yourself.

The History Center:  The center used its funds to digitize historic films for public release in August 2021. Watch the video to learn more about the upcoming release of “Films from the Attic.”


View all of the video updates on the Linn County YouTube channel, under the Historic Preservation playlist.