Community Collaboration with the University of Iowa

An undergraduate class from the University of Iowa History Department collaborated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works explosion. Students in HIST 2151: Introduction to the History Major studied Iowa’s urban and industrial past, examining class, race and diversity through the lens of the Douglas Starch Works explosion.

Led by Dr. Steve Warren, the students made use of local resources. They visited archives and used primary sources to conduct original research related to the Douglas Starch Works explosion. 




Along with writing about their finidngs, students in the class created podcasts and an interpretive display. In order to gain feedback on their work and share their findings, the students presented their projects in public presentation at Brucemore. 




After making final edits, the display created by the students was moved to the Cedar Rapids Public Library so that visitors could learn more about this piece of our community's history. 




Brucemore is grateful for these students, Dr. Warren, and the University of Iowa History Department for their efforts to engage new audiences in history and work with community partners.