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An update on Dot the Green Sea Turtle

Dot, our resident Green Sea Turtle, has been off exhibit for the better part of a year. A favorite among members and visitors alike, her departure from her normal habitat was met with concern over her health. While we are happy to inform our friends, members and follower’s that Dot is doing quite well, we also wanted to share a bit about her backstory and how she came to be at the River Museum, including why she is not yet back in her exhibit. In July of 2013, a juvenile Green Sea... Read More
at Thursday, September 3, 2020

Recent foundation awards support conservation education and equity for Dubuque County residents

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has received funding from two area foundations to support conservation education and equitable access for Dubuque County residents. Alliant Energy Foundation has awarded the River Museum $5,000 towards the expansion of its conservation education live animal outreach program. Environmental stewardship is a shared goal of both Alliant Energy Foundation and the River Museum, and the funds will address Iowa bird conservation initiatives and... Read More
at Friday, August 28, 2020

State of Iowa grant awards support programs and provide emergency relief

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) is the recent recipient of five awards from various State of Iowa grant programs. These funds provide programmatic and operational support. Funding supports both of the DCHS’ museums, the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and is crucial to the viability of the museums during the coronavirus global pandemic. Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,... Read More
at Friday, August 28, 2020

Dubuque County Historical Society receives support from the City of Dubuque’s Arts & Culture Operating Support grant program

The City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program recently awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $30,000 for general operating support for fiscal year 2021. The mission of DCHS is to inspire stewardship by creating educational opportunities where history and rivers come alive. As a steward of the region’s history, the organization has become a key community partner for humanities-based programming and informal learning. Serving local, state and... Read More
at Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hard Won, Not Done Mini-Exhibit Celebrates 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

One hundred years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19 th Amendment became law as Tennessee became the 36 th state to ratify the amendment. Today, a new mini-exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium highlights those locally who fought to pass the 19 th Amendment, which reads “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.” “From Anna Bell Lawther and Mary... Read More
at Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Mathis Ham Historic Site reopens for season with modified Fourth of July celebration

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will reopen on July 2 with a modified Fourth of July celebration. What was to be its 57th annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social will, given the current pandemic, be modified for 2020 into a multiday series called Independence Days held July 2 – 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Independence Days will feature small group Ham House tours with interpreters stationed throughout the home. From candle making to homemade ice cream to creating Victorian posies, each... Read More
at Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs awards River Museum CARES Act grant

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) was awarded $18,000 in emergency relief funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, distributed by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Arts Midwest. “This emergency funding is a critical acknowledgement by the State of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities that the work of arts and culture... Read More
at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Outreach Programs Take Flight

Work has been underway since last fall to expand the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Live Animal Outreach Program with the arrival of two new raptors this spring. The expansion will enable staff to address Iowa bird conservation initiatives, provide teacher workshop opportunities, and add avian ambassadors to the outreach program’s portfolio. During the last several months, the River Museum received financial support from Resource Enhancement & Protection... Read More
at Monday, June 15, 2020

New Bee Branch partnership brings local, state and federal partners together in the name of community and conservation

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will release 2,500 juvenile freshwater mussels into the Upper Bee Branch Creek as part of a new partnership with the City of Dubuque, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Genoa National Fish Hatchery, St. Mark Youth Enrichment, Multicultural Family Center, and the Dubuque Community School District. The mussels will be split into two groups for the purpose of education... Read More
at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dubuque County Historical Society Receives Numerous Grants

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its properties, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site, are pleased to announce awarding of several grants for recent and ongoing initiatives. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Party for the Planet Spring into Action grant program awarded $2,000 to support Earth Day programming at the River Museum during the month of April 2020. The Party for the Planet funding program offers families a... Read More
at Tuesday, May 5, 2020