Student Presentations: Understanding the Douglas Starch Works Explosion

UI-web.jpgThis spring Brucemore is inviting the community and partnering with local organizations 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. Learn more about the history and other activities.  


About the Student Presentations

Students from the University of Iowa History Department have spent the semester studying the Douglas Starch Works explosion. The students have explored Iowa’s urban and industrial past, examining class, race and diversity through the lens of the Douglas Starch Works explosion. Join us as they present on what they have uncovered. 

Date: Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 AM

Admission: Free

Location: Brucemore's Visitor Center (2160 Linden Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403)

Sponsored in part by: Wells Fargo and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area