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New exhibits at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium receive significant support through recent grants

In recent weeks, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been awarded an overwhelming $255,000 by two area granting bodies. Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $250,000 in grant funding to support the River Museum’s new permanent exhibit, River of Innovation, slated to open in 2020. Comprised of a 19th century belt-driven machine shop, several interactive exhibits, and a maker space, River of... Read More
at Monday, December 2, 2019

Russian Legless Lizard (Sheltopusik) Born at the River Museum

At first glance, a Sheltopusik will fool you. Its long, legless, cylindrical body slithering through the dirt may lead you to believe it’s a snake; however, this creature is actually a lizard. Commonly known as a Russian Legless Lizard, the species’ distinguishing features led to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s acquisition of an adult male and female Sheltopusik as part of an animal exhibit. Ironically, the exhibit featured snakes. The... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dubuque Suffrage Mini Exhibit

In 2020, the Dubuque County Historical Society is excited to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the ratification of the 19 th Amendment to the United States Constitution by creating a “mini exhibit” at its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The 19 th Amendment states simply, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The wording may seem simple, but the... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Come Home for the Holidays

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site through a series of special events leading up to Christmas. Home for the Holidays will feature specially curated tours highlighting holiday traditions of the Victorian era with weekly crafts, entertainment, and specialty activities. These events are made possible with support from the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Special Projects Grant program. Request for Submissions The Dubuque County Historical Society is... Read More
at Friday, November 8, 2019

Scuba Santa to return December 14 & 15

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating the holidays once again with a visit from Scuba Santa from 11 a.m. to noon on December 14 and 15, 2019. Taking a break from his holiday preparations, Santa will be scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico aquarium and taking photos with guests through the glass. Scuba Santa is included with general admission, as is the River Museum’s newest exhibit,  Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! For fans of... Read More
at Sunday, November 3, 2019

Historic Preservation Award Nominations Sought

The Dubuque County Historical Society, with the Dubuque County Preservation Commission, is seeking nominations from the community for their annual Historic Preservation Awards. Since 1975, these awards have recognized citizens of Dubuque County who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation through historically-sensitive restoration and preservation of their residential, commercial or civic properties. Historic properties in Dubuque County are eligible for the awards. To be... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Jeffris Family Foundation provides funding for Ham House

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its Mathias Ham Historic Site are pleased to announce a funding award from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The Jeffris Family Foundation has been dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Midwest by providing funding support to non-profit organizations working to preserve regional and national historic properties since 1979. The $15,000 in grant funding will support the completion of an historic structure report for the Mathias Ham House,... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit Comes the River Museum

Sid the Science Kid visits the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium with Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! Beginning Dec. 7, 2019, kids can join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure when Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opens at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids will be able... Read More

52 Pounds of Chocolate Await Guests at Champagne & Chocolates

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host its annual Champagne & Chocolates event on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, from 6-9 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Champagne & Chocolates is an adult evening of fun and shopping in the River Museum’s National Rivers Center. Admission to the event includes: Chocolate fountains and more than 52 pounds of chocolates provided by Betty Jane Homemade Candies, Galena Kandy Kitchen, Rocky Mountain Chocolate... Read More
at Thursday, October 17, 2019

Call for local baseball memorabilia and artifacts

In 2020, the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will pay homage to the area’s rich baseball history by creating a “mini-exhibit” at its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The mini-exhibit will primarily feature the early years of Minor League Baseball in Dubuque, beginning in 1879 when the Dubuque Red Stockings beat the World Champion Chicago White Stockings, 1-0. Charles Comiskey played right field for the Dubuque Red Stockings in that game. He would... Read More
at Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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