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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 unique opportunity to visit their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, and learn how they can take action to make a difference. Due to COVID-19, festivities were moved to social media and conducted through a tree giveaway in partnership with the Dubuque Community School District. Additional grant-funded projects are anticipated in the coming months.

The Mississippi River Network grant program awarded $8,000 in support of onservation educational opportunities and outreach during spring and summer 2020. These programs provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage with their community to take action to better the environment. The River Museum is a member of the Mississippi River Network, who together join in partnership to advance 1 Mississippi’s program goals of River Citizen recruitment, education, engagement, and/or advocacy.

Humanities Iowa, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, mini grant program awarded $500 in support of the Mathias Ham Historic Site’s new Linwood Legacies: Cemetery Tours, Exhibit, and Special Event. The new series of programs includes a walking tour series of Linwood Cemetery, an exhibit at the Mathias Ham House, and a special event A Haunting on Lincoln Ave. that will be held at the Mathias Ham House during Halloween.

RiverWorks Discovery is a nationally recognized educational outreach effort of the National Rivers Hall of Fame, located at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This robust outreach program serves 50,000 people of all ages each year and has served approximately one million people across 19 states over the last 10 years—providing educational outreach through involvement with various festivals, conferences, seminars, school presentations, and hands-on workshops. In support of these coordinated efforts, funding support has been secured by Cargill and the EQT Foundation. Cargill has awarded $12,000 in support of RiverWorks Discovery educational programs and career fairs serving teens and youth in Louisiana. EQT Foundation has awarded $12,500 for water quality programming in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These programs will be delivered in partnership with the Allegheny Land Trust and the West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University.

The Dubuque County Historical Society is dedicated to inspiring stewardship through educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. It fulfills this mission, with the help of grantors and partners, through dynamic events, activities, programs, exhibits, and outreach. For more information on the Dubuque County Historical Society, its programs and properties, visit