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Images of Modern America: Cedar Falls 

This book offers 95 full-color pages with images of Cedar Falls from the 1950s onward. The cover price is $22.99 and shipping and handling is $5.00. All proceeds and royalties go to support the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

From the back cover:

In 1952, Cedar Falls, Iowa celebrated the centennial of its founding with parades, contests, food, and fun. The city had grown from a village with a tree-stump filled Main Street into a shining example of post-World War II America. The city’s diversified economy provided opportunity to thousands of large employers such as the Viking Pump Company, Clay Equipment, and Iowa State Teachers’ College. Many smaller businesses lined Main Street and beyond. Thanks to the foresight of earlier residents, the city had its own hospital and utility company, allowing for a comforting self-sufficiency. Alternately known over the years as The Garden City of Iowa, The City Beautiful, and The Smiling City, by mid-century Cedar Falls had amply fulfilled the promise foreseen by its earliest founders and looked forward to its next one hundred years.

Julie Huffman-klinkowitz is Collections Manager, Karen Smith is Executive Director, and Cynthia Sweet is former Collections Manager of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. Using images selected from the collection of the Cedar Falls Historical Society or donated for use by generous local photographers, they have woven a fascinating visual and verbal narrative illustrating the history of modern Cedar Falls from bobby socks to blues bands.

Please visit our onsite gift shops at the Victorian Home and Ice House Museum for more books and mementos.

Purchase a copy for $22.99 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. 

If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail $27.99 for the book and shipping and handling to:

Cedar Falls Historical Society
308 W 3rd St
Cedar Falls, IA 50613 

Copies will also be available in the gift shops at the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum at 308 W 3rd St or at the Ice House Museum at 121 Center Street.  
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