Our mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.
Our vision is to become the world’s leader in interpreting and protecting the life, history and culture of our region and rivers, to create a more global, knowledgeable and engaged citizen.
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an outgrowth of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which also operates the Mathias Ham Historic Site, is home to the National Rivers Hall of Fame, and supports a national outreach program called RiverWorks Discovery. For a more detailed history of the Dubuque County Historical Society, follow the link below:
History of Dubuque County Historical Society
IN THIS SECTION
Lori Thielen, Chair | Rainbo Oil
Jim Gantz, Vice Chair | Lime-Rock Springs/Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. (retired)
Sarah Hasken, Secretary | Jackson Manufacturing Inc.
Tom Woodward, Treasurer | Director, President & CEO, Woodward Communications, Inc.
Mike Donohue, Past Chair | CEO, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
John M. Bickel | Senior VP, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll (retired)
Carol Bitter Purtell | Legal Assistant, Bitter Law Firm (retired)
Gina Blasen | Community Leader
Mike Budde | Advanced Data-Comm (retired)
Tim Butler | Vice President, Cottingham & Butler Insurance (retired)
Poppy Conlon | Business Development, Conlon Construction Co.
Mark Dickson | Plant Manager, John Deere Dubuque Works
Alex Dixon | CEO, Q Casino
Ken Furst | Partner, RSM (retired)
Teri Goodmann | Assistant City Manager, City of Dubuque
Wendy Knight | Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, NICC
Tyson Leyendecker | President & CEO, Dubuque Bank and Trust
Ernestine Moss | Community Leader (retired)
Jeff Mozena | President & CEO, Premier Bank
Francis A. “Chip” Murray | President & CEO, First Community Trust, N.A.-Investment Services (retired)
Stan Rheingans | Superintendent of Schools, Dubuque Community Schools
Chuck Schrup | Co-Chairman of the Board, American Trust & Savings Bank (retired)
Dean Wilgenbusch | Market President - Business Banking Team Manager, US Bank
Chad Wolbers | President & CEO, UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital
Emeritus Board Members
John Walsh and Paul Woodward
No officers or board members receive any compensation.
President & CEO
Vice President of Living Collections & Education
Director of Sales & Guest Services
Director of RiverWorks Discovery
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Director of Facilities
Vice President of Development & Marketing
Director of Curatorial Services