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Dubuque County Historical Society awarded $5,000 for River of Innovation

The Dubuque County Historical Society was awarded $5,000 in funding from the IBM Corporate Citizenship Community Grants Program. Funding will support a solid framework for the development of integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum for the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s new permanent exhibit River of Innovation, which will include a fully-functional 19th century belt-driven machine shop, maker space, and other hands-on exhibits. The permanent exhibit is slated to open in early 2020.


“IBM’s support will help to design an immersive educational model for River of Innovation that aims to provide the 21st century learner with vital interdisciplinary and design-based learning experiences,” said Erin Dragotto, Vice President of Development, for the Dubuque County Historical Society.


The Dubuque County Historical Society is dedicated to cultivating a contemporary environment that is inherently accessible, inclusive, and relevant to all visitors. Its mission is to create educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. The Society is comprised of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mathias Ham Historic Site, National Rivers Hall of Fame, and RiverWorks Discovery. For more information and to donate to River of Innovation, visit this link.

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