Mason City's historic walking tours will change to new management thanks to new partnership

Historic walking tours of the Rock Crest/Rock Glenn neighborhood will be organized/managed under Wright on the Park beginning in January

Posted: Oct 2, 2018 7:48 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Change is coming for a popular walking tour in Mason City.

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum manages both the historic walking tour featuring significant architecture of the Rock Crest/Rock Glenn area near the museum, as well as the Sculpture Walk, both of which have become more popular in recent years. Under a new partnership, the museum will be transferring the organization and management of the historic walking tours to Wright on the Park, the group that restored and owns the Historic Park Inn hotel, starting in January. The museum will continue to organize and manage the Sculpture Walk.

Edith Blanchard is the Director of the MacNider Museum, and says that the change is needed due to limited staffing resources.

"That will free us up to work on other things more closely aligned with our mission, such as the sculpture tours."

Blanchard adds that the move will allow continued growth for the tours.

"The whole idea between this partnership is to make the historic walking tours even more successful, and make the Sculpture Walk even more successful, attract even more people to our community, enhance life for our residents, and give them some educational opportunities."

The MacNider Museum developed the historic walking tour in the early 1990's as the area became known for its historic architecture in the Midwest.

Tours up to January 1, 2019 should continue to contact the MacNider Museum at 641-421-3666; after that date, contact Wright on the Park at 641-423-0689.

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