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  • 1. The play of young children in Linn County has literally changed the course of human history, and made major contributions to human culture.
  • 2. In the 300 Block of 14th Street NE (near Coe College) a child from a single parent family...
  • 3. draws an oak leaf and wins a local art contest... ...prompting a career in art
  • 4. … that produces the world’s most famous painting.
  • 5. On 5th Avenue SE, two children play in their yard...
  • 6. throwing a toy in the air, again and again ... ...sparking an interest that leads...
  • 7. the world’s first airplane .
  • 8. A Cedar Rapids girl (whose father is a cook at the Roosevelt Hotel) loves books and reading from an early age. She goes on to college at a time when this opportunity is denied most women...
  • 9. And later becomes the partner to W.E.B. DuBois, one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century- sharing in his life and important work.
  • 10. In the heart of Wellington Heights, on the 1700 Block of Grande Avenue SE
  • 11. a child is fascinated with electrical experiments... ...and grows up to build a radio
  • 12. used in the first moon landing .
  • 13. A young child living 845 Second Avenue S.E. is drawn to the arts. He loves reading, playing the piano, putting on plays and taking pictures.
  • 14. He grows up to write for the New York Times, chronicle the Harlem Renaissance (through extensive photographs) and become close friends with Langston Hughes and Gertrude Stein.
  • 15. Here’s what “Choice Literary Journal” said about a child who grew up at 1602 5th Avenue SE: “ A child of little means was nurtured and cared for in ways that would allow him to pursue an education and live a life defined by its creative spirit.”
  • 16. He was instrumental in establishing the “Writers’ Workshop” at the University of Iowa which nurtured the talents of 28 Pulitzer Prize winners including:
    • Phillip Roth
    • Jane Smiley
    • Kurt Vonnegut
    • Flannery O’Connor
    • Marilyn Robinson
    • Robert Bly
    • W.P. Kinsella
    • John Irving
    • Rita Dove
    • Jorie Graham
  • 17. A 3 year old’s family moves into Cedar Rapids from their rural farm...
  • 18. where at a young age, the girl develops an interest in numbers and math... 3+ 3 = 6
  • 19. ...and as an adult she plays an important part in developing Excel software for Microsoft.
  • 20.