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Ties to Our Past


Product Description

Each week, The Gazette is proud to present Time Machine in the Sunday paper, taking a look back at some of the most notable people, places and events in Eastern Iowa’s history.

Recent installments explored:

  • The Wright Brothers connection to Cedar Rapids,
  • The history of the former Iowa Theater, which today is home to Theatre Cedar Rapids,
  • A look at Plum Grove, the Iowa City home built by the first governor of the Iowa territory,
  • The energy crisis in 1973 that dimmed the Christmas lights in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Now, The Gazette is packaging 50 of our favorite Time Machine stories into a wonderful coffee table book, “Ties to Our Past.” The book will be a great gift for family and friends (or a wonderful gift for yourself) to look back at people and places that have shaped Eastern Iowa over the decades.

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  1. Another great Cedar Rapids history book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Nov 11th 2016

    Since this is a Christmas gift I have not actually read the book from cover to cover yet. But, just from skimming through it though, it looks like it is full of interesting articles and great coverage of historical events. The book is hardbound and is of great quality. I have purchased most of the Cedar Rapids history books in the past and they have all been wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family! Keep them coming Cedar Rapids Gazette!

  2. enjoyable reading/pictures 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 25th 2016

    My husband started reading this first, so this from what he has expressed. He has found many of the articles interesting . I was wishing more information might have been included about various buildings in town.

  3. Brings back great memories well done 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 6th 2016

    I could hardly put it down after I received it in the mail. Very well done. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the history of CR.



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