Wreath Laying : In Memory of Douglas Starch Works


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. Learn more about the history and other activities. 

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 the Wreath Laying Ceremony

The wreath laying ceremony will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works explosion at the site of the memorial to remember the lives of the employees who died in the explosion. The ceremony will feature thoughts by Mayor Brad Hart; Brucemore’s Executive Director David Janssen; Brucemore’s President of the Board of Trustees Kay Hegarty, and spoken word artist, Akwi Nji. Murdoch Funeral Homes will host a reception following the ceremony.

Date: May 20, 3:00 p.m.  

Admission: Free

RSVP: RSVP requested as space is limited.

Location: Linwood Cemetery (520 Wilson Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404)

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

Wreath sponsor: Cedar Memorial Flower Shop