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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

Mediacom Arts & Culture grant program awards funding in support of “A Haunting on Lincoln Ave”

The Mediacom Arts & Culture grant program has awarded $2,400 in funding in support of “A Haunting on Lincoln Ave.” to be held at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on Oct. 19, 2019. The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will present humanities content through demonstrations, living history, and interpretation of Victorian Halloween customs at the Ham Site. This themed, all-ages event will provide immersive experiences including hands-on activities, storytelling, games, a... Read More
at Friday, October 4, 2019

Mad Scientist Party heads back to the William M. Black

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is celebrating its 31 st Annual Mad Scientist Party & Trick-or-Treat event presented by MidWestOne Bank at its Mississippi River Discovery Center on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. This year features a trick-or-treating route through the Wetland and onto the William M. Black. Inside the Mississippi River Discovery Center guests will enjoy live animal programs, science experiments, and face painting. Costumes are encouraged and... Read More
at Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ham Site celebrates second annual A Haunting on Lincoln Ave.

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will once again celebrate the Halloween season with a full day of activities on Oct. 19, 2019. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Halloween themed house tours will detail the rise of Halloween and Halloween traditions, as well as today’s fascination with ghost stories. Rumors from the Ham House’s own past will be revisited through the tours, which begin at 11 a.m. and take place hourly with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Crafts such as candle making and masks... Read More
at Wednesday, September 25, 2019

City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Grants awarded to DCHS

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) was recently awarded funding from the City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs grant programs for both operating support and special projects. Funding from the operating support grant totaled $30,000 and provides general support for the fundamental needs of DCHS as the organization continues to advance all seven of the City’s Arts and Cultural Goals and works to enrich the region through cultural exploration, year-round arts and culture... Read More
at Friday, September 6, 2019

Ham Site offers free admission during Museum Day

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is participating in Smithsonian magazine’s 15 th annual Museum Day on Sept. 21, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Museum Day is an initiative across the United States to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. A free ticket is required for admission and can be secured by visiting Guided tours from costumed interpreters will be available from 1-4... Read More
at Thursday, September 5, 2019

Unexpected opportunity to care for orphaned animal

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received an unexpected opportunity this July to become the new home of a 15-month-old orphaned North American River Otter. “Our keepers are all very excited about the new addition to the animals in our care,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “River otters remain rare in rehab settings, so this is a unique opportunity to bring another otter into our facility that would not do well in the wild.” The... Read More
at Monday, August 5, 2019

Celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday!

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will be hosting a birthday party for one of America’s most beloved bears on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smokey Bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council on Aug. 9, 1944, to promote forest fire prevention. This year, Smokey will turn 75 years old and celebrate with friends and visitors at the River Museum. Special celebrity friends in attendance will include Yogi Bear, Woodsy Owl, Sparky the Dalmatian,... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program funds William M. Black restoration

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce a funding award from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historical Resource Development Program. The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, the society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019