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Category: Dubuque County Historical Society

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

Smithsonian Museum Day scheduled for April 4 at Mathias Ham Historic Site

The community is invited to celebrate Museum Day at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The annual celebration is led by Smithsonian magazine in partnership with Smithsonian affiliates across the country. Museum Day tickets are available at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday . Each ticket provides free admission for up to two people on Saturday, April 4, and one ticket is available per email address submitted. Costumed interpreters will be available at... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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

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

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 smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Guided tours from costumed interpreters will be available from 1-4... Read More
at Thursday, September 5, 2019

Piece of local history given new life at River Museum

The chair used by the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from West of the Mississippi has received new life through recent conservation. The Henderson chair, nicknamed for David B. Henderson, was used during his time as Speaker of the House in the 56 th and 57 th Congresses. The chair was originally donated to the Dubuque County Historical Society in 1965 by the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. In recent months, the River Museum was able to have the chair conserved,... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

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