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Captain's Ball

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

The Dubuque County Historical Society's annual gala, Captain's Ball, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium's River Discovery Center (Paddle Wheel Building) presented by premier sponsor, TH Media - Print. Digital. Events. This event includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, live animal programs, live entertainment, a plated dinner, live auction, and after-dinner sweets, coffee, and entertainment.

Photo from 2018 Captain's Ball: Gin & Jazz

Proceeds from this event support the DCHS and its entities: The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mathias Ham Historic Site, National Rivers Hall of Fame, and RiverWorks Discovery. Funds raised will help support our organization's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education efforts.

The DCHS and its entities have been instrumental in increasing the publics’ understanding of STEM  learning, focusing on conservation issues, deepening community engagement, creating new and dynamic tourism experiences, and preserving local history. The DCHS has spent the last 40 years building a legacy, which displays the history and cultures of the Mississippi River and Rivers of America, and will continue to do so with community support through this event.

Photo from 2018 Captain's Ball: Gin & Jazz


5 p.m. - Gambling, Cocktails, Animal Encounters, & Silent Auction in our recreated Casino Royale

7:30 p.m. - Plated Dinner, Live Auctions



Tickets are no longer available for 2019.


Photos from 2018 Captain's Ball: Gin & Jazz




Our compliments to the following sponsors for making the Captain's Ball event possible!

007 Lead Sponsors:

TH Media - Print. Digital. Events.


Casino Royale Sponsors:

Prudential Retirement

The Riverboat Twilight

U.S. Bank


Qtego Sponsors:

Kendall Hunt Publishing/Westmark Enterprises/Great River Learning


MoneyPenny Sponsors:

Bodine Electric Company

Chad & Regan Wolbers and Sarah Hasken

Conlon Construction Company

Eagle Point Solar

John & Margarete Cooke

John & Med Bickel

John Deere Dubuque Works

Key City Vision

MidWestOne Bank

Newt Marine Service


Simply Elegant Boutique


Additional Sponsors:

Wally & Barbara Brown

Family Beer & Liquor

GreenState Credit Union

Ingram Barge Company

HCR ManorCare Health Services

McCullough Creative, Inc.

Milroy’s Tuxedo

Qtego Auction Services

Stauer House Bed & Breakfast


Special Thanks:

Auctioneer | Tim Markham/Markham Auction Services

Casino | Chicago Casino & Poker Rentals and US Casino Rentals

Catering | J & D Catering

Decor | Inside Décor

Ice Sculpture | Chicago Ice Works, Inc.