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Captain's Ball

Friday, Nov. 3, 2023!

Join us in celebrating 70+ years of success, while you help the Dubuque County Historical Society, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mathias Ham Historic Site, National Rivers Hall of Fame, and RiverWorks Discovery remain champions for conservation, preservation, and dynamic learning experiences.

It is because of your ongoing support for this event that the Historical Society serves as a leading cultural institution in the region and contributes to a vibrant community that engages all those who reside here today and for generations to come.


Event Registration and Auction Bidding

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Plan to attend this year!

We look forward to your joining us for this year's event, full of fun and surprises. To get a sneak peak of what to expect at 2023's Captain's Ball, check out our video from 2022.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!




Greasers and Squares:




Ring A Ding-Ding:

Corky & Med Bickel Family

Sarah & Jack Hasken


Chad & Regan Wolbers


Live Entertainment:


50s Decor:

Thank you to our local supporters for their in-kind support and/or auction items:
365 Ink
7G Distributing

Accessorize Me
Adam's Dance Connection
American Lady Cruises

B-1 Yoga
Bicycle World

Body & Soul
Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar
Wayne Buchholtz
Chavenelle Studio Metalworks

Poppy Conlon & Jason Benson, Roux & Ian Loar and Tim & Christine Conlon
Convivium Urban Farmstead

DeSoto House Hotel

Diamond Jo Casino
Doland Jewelers, Inc.
Drake House Vacation Rentals
Dubuque Bank & Trust
Dubuque Fighting Saints
Dubuque Golf & Country Club

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Adam Eikamp 
Family Beer & Liquor Store
Fred & Tracy Fischer
Larry Friedman
Keith & Kathy Garms
Great American Popcorn Company
Harris Golf Cars

Hotel Julien Dubuque

Huckleberry Properties (Eben & Darcee Mond)
Ed & Bonnie James
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Loras College

Mario's Italian Restaurant
Wayne McDermott
Outside The Lines Gallery

River Cruises
River Lights Bookstore
Science Center of Iowa
Seeley Photography
Simply Elegant Boutique/Captain John & Robin Vaughn
Specialty Slab Wood

That's My Dog
The Crow's Nest
Townsquare Media of Dubuque
Robin & Captain John Vaughn
Q7 Cycling/Wanda & Carter Newt

Van's Liquor Store
Viking River Cruises

Special Thanks to the 2022 Captain's Ball Event Committee:
Poppy Conlon, Victoria Cote, Tracy Fischer, Mark Girardy, Wanda Newt, Wendy Scardino, Vicky Sutter, Johanna Talarico & Teri Witt