Nearly 40 years ago, on August 2, 1981, after three families had called it their home between 1884 and 1981, a 26-acre piece of Iowa history opened its doors to visitors for the first time. About 3,000-4,000 of them walked in and, since then, Brucemore has been an important landmark for not only those in Cedar Rapids and Iowa but across the country as well.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette talks about the importance of this milestone for Brucemore Historic Mansion, located at 2160 Linden Dr. SE, and lists several events visitors can attend to help them celebrate.

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A Spring Salon with SPT Theatre:  An outdoor casual concert on the lawn behind the Servants’ Duplex. It runs from April 29-May 2 but is already nearly sold out.

A Touch of Grant Wood: Take-and-make art projects are available for $30. Order by April 26, pick up tiles 9 a.m. to noon May 1 or 2 at Brucemore; all materials included. Iowa Ceramics Center 3D used a replica of a 1925 Grant Wood design featuring flowers and animals on a singing porch. You can recreate this design and return your work for kiln firing at  Iowa Ceramics Center in the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 117.

“Little Women”: 7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, May 21 to June 6, Brucemore Courtyard. Presented by Theatre Cedar Rapids and Brucemore; tickets are $25 and on sale April 23 through Theatre Cedar Rapids Box Office the TCR website.

Live from the Artisan Studio: Anna Wilde, 7 p.m. June 8,on the lawn behind the Servants’ Duplex; $15 adults, $10 students in advance; bring seating and light snacks.

“Bright Star”: A musical by actor Steve Martin and musician Edie Brickell, presented by Theatre Cedar Rapids and Brucemore, 7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, June 18 to July 3 in Brucemore’s Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater; tickets on sale May 21 through Theatre Cedar Rapids Box Office or the TCR website.

Live from the Artisan Studio: Featuring Erika Bailey, July 13; tickets on sale June 1

Music in the Courtyard: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays, July 29 to Aug. 22; tickets on sale June 1.

Masks and social distancing remain requirements for all visitors and you can learn more about their current COVID-19 safety protocols here.

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