Experience the History

On May 22, 1919, a small fire at the Douglas Starch Works created an explosion. The blast boomed across Cedar Rapids, resulting in one of the worst industrial accidents in Iowa history. More than 100 years later, we remember this day and the ways in which the community rebuilt. Watch community leaders, scholars and staff reflect on this tragedy and the ways it shaped Cedar Rapids.

Understanding the History

Telling the Story

Rebuilding, Then and Now