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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

Dubuque County Historical Society recognizes all homes as living museums and calls for home curators to share their collections on social media

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are inviting the local and extended community to participate in a digital collection of artifacts through social media. On Monday, April 13, 2020, the DCHS will announce a social media call for artifacts and encourage individuals to share a photo of an artifact and its significance to their home museum, using #HomeMuseumCollections. “As we continue to social distance and... Read More
at Monday, April 13, 2020

The River Museum is Temporarily Closed

Preserving history and life is at the core of our mission. Protecting our visitors, staff, and volunteers goes hand in hand with that mission. As such, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is following recommendations from the CDC, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local officials by temporarily closing to the general public beginning March 17, 2020. As a non-profit organization, we rely on admissions and memberships to support experiences where history and rivers... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Monday, March 16, 2020

This summer the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is adding to its animal collection this summer through a new premier exhibit The Robot Zoo presented by MidWestOne Bank . Adults and children will explore the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in the 5,000-square-foot exhibit. Eight robotic animals and more than a dozen hands-on activities will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors, how a giant squid propels... Read More
at Thursday, March 12, 2020

Earth Day Party for the Planet Celebration

April 2020 marks the 50 th anniversary of Earth Day, mankind’s largest environmental movement to positively impact the planet. In honor of this major milestone, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is working with conservation partners to educate, energize, and mobilize citizens through community-based conservation engagement activities each Saturday during April. A full schedule of activities for the month is as follows: April 4 - Earth Day Action at the Mathias Ham... Read More
at Monday, March 2, 2020

President Hoover Inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame

President Herbert Hoover’s lasting impact on America’s river systems will be recognized on March 27, 2020, at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover will be posthumously inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame. Born in 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, Herbert Hoover was an engineer and has arguably impacted America’s rivers through public policy more than any other individual in the nation’s history. Responsible for... Read More
at Thursday, February 27, 2020
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