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Brucemore’s story is about hundreds of immigrants drawn to Cedar Rapids to work in the families’ businesses. It is about new technology and the expansion of railroads that brought an economic boom to the Midwest. It is about a servant staff whose labor granted their employers a privileged lifestyle.

Over nearly a century, three wealthy families—industrialists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, boosters, and friends—made Brucemore their home. Their fortunes made and their legacies intact, they graciously left their home for the community that helped to build it. Brucemore, while it was home to only a few, carries the history and memories of a community.

Visitors are invited to tour the mansion and surrounding gardens, as well as attend the community arts events held at the facilities.

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