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Collecting Then and Now

As the Dubuque County Historical Society (whose collection is housed at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium) celebrates 70 years, we wanted the public to take a closer look at how the act of collecting has changed over the years.

One of the largest collections within the Society is the Richard Herrmann collection. Some of Herrmann's artifacts are on display in Collecting Then and Now. Herrmann, like many of his contemporaries, was a "cabinet of curiosities" collector. His findings were proudly displayed in custom cabinets. Herrmann's natural curiosity about the world around him, both historic and natural led to the collection, sorting, organization, and study of a vast array of artifacts that include fossils, minerals, Native American artifacts, and natural history specimens.

This mini-exhibit is on display in the main concourse of the Mississippi River Discovery Center. It includes a wide array of pieces from the Society's collection.