Special Exhibits

A Time of Service: Brucemore in the World Wars

Opening March 25, 2015

Explore the impact World War I and World War II had on the families of Brucemore, their servants and businesses, and the Cedar Rapids community through diary entries, scrapbook pages, photographs, and home movies from Brucemore’s archives.



Previous special exhibits

Our past special exhibits gave a glimpse into the range of topics that are part of the Brucemore story:

  • Unsinkable Stories: 100 Years Later shared the tales of Walter and Mahala Douglas, descendents of the Douglas family, and other Iowans aboard the Titanic.
  • Iowa Manufacturing: A Family Portrait told the story of Howard Hall's company through industrial photographs by Torkel Korling.
  • Visions and Vistas documented the Country Estate phenomenon and its impact on the development of Brucemore.
  • The World Comes Home explored mid-century life after soldiers returned from World War II and ushered in a new era of prosperity.
  • Animal House provided an interactive way for families to learn about the history of animals at Brucemore.
  • Building a Community One Brick at a Time celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Hall-Perrine Foundation.
  • Homes Away From Home: On Vacation allowed visitors to explore the vacation homes of the Douglases and the Halls.
  • Keeping the History, Welcoming the Future documented Brucemore's more recent history as a National Trust Historic Site and community cultural center.
  • Through the Eyes of Children: Growing Up During the Early 1900s addressed the experiences of the three Douglas girls and their peers.
  • Industry Booms: Fortune and Misfortune for Douglas & Company looked at the company's success and a tragic explosion that occurred in 1919.
  • Help Wanted: Working at Brucemore, 1907 - 1937 placed the experiences of the Douglases and their servants into national contexts of the time period.
  • A Home in History: Brucemore 1884 - 2000 explored changes to the estate's changing built environment.