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State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program funds William M. Black restoration

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce a funding award from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historical Resource Development Program.

The State Historical Society of Iowa has been a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy since 1857. With a dual mission of preservation and education, the society preserves and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources through a variety of statewide programs, exhibitions, and projects while serving as an advocate for Iowa’s past and connector to the future.

The $50,000 in grant funding will support the preservation and restoration of the roof membrane on the hurricane deck of the National Historic Landmark dredgeboat, the William M. Black.

The ongoing preservation of the William M. Black. is essential to the Maritime Heritage of the United States. The Black is one of 25 National Historic Landmarks in Iowa, the highest distinction for historic structures, judged by the National Park Service to possess “national, significant importance to the history of the U.S., over and above local and regional significance.” The Museum & Aquarium’s interpretation of the dredgeboat tells the story of our waterways and the impact vessels like these had on local, state, and national levels.

Dubuque County Historical Society’s mission to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come while advancing its vision to become the world’s leader in interpreting and protecting the life, history and culture of our rivers, and to create a more global, knowledgeable, and engaged citizen.