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Ham Site celebrates second annual A Haunting on Lincoln Ave.

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will once again celebrate the Halloween season with a full day of activities on Oct. 19, 2019. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Halloween themed house tours will detail the rise of Halloween and Halloween traditions, as well as today’s fascination with ghost stories. Rumors from the Ham House’s own past will be revisited through the tours, which begin at 11 a.m. and take place hourly with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Crafts such as candle making and masks... Read More
at Wednesday, September 25, 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

Unexpected opportunity to care for orphaned animal

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium received an unexpected opportunity this July to become the new home of a 15-month-old orphaned North American River Otter. “Our keepers are all very excited about the new addition to the animals in our care,” said Abby Urban, Curator of Living Collections. “River otters remain rare in rehab settings, so this is a unique opportunity to bring another otter into our facility that would not do well in the wild.” The... Read More
at Monday, August 5, 2019

Celebrate Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday!

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will be hosting a birthday party for one of America’s most beloved bears on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Smokey Bear was created by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council on Aug. 9, 1944, to promote forest fire prevention. This year, Smokey will turn 75 years old and celebrate with friends and visitors at the River Museum. Special celebrity friends in attendance will include Yogi Bear, Woodsy Owl, Sparky the Dalmatian,... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

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... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

McDonough Foundation Supports Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce a funding award from the McDonough Foundation. The Foundation offers support to local non-profit organizations that provide educational opportunities, human and social services, and health care for children and their families in Eastern Iowa. The $2,000 in grant funding will support the Museum & Aquarium’s Youth Camp Scholarship Program for summer camps in 2020. The... Read More
at Thursday, August 1, 2019

Taste of Dubuque scheduled for Aug. 1

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s tastiest event, Taste of Dubuque , returns to the Port of Dubuque on Thursday, Aug. 1 with American Country Music Artist Eric Chesser headlining the event. Taste of Dubuque will run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Port of Dubuque, outside the River Museum. Parking is available in the Port of Dubuque public parking ramp. Attendees to Taste of Dubuque will enjoy live music and great food from local vendors. Low-cost,... Read More
at Monday, June 24, 2019

River Museum receives funding from area foundations

Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium are pleased to announce that it received several grant awards from area foundations in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, equity, and accessibility initiatives. The River Museum is committed to making broad-spectrum improvements to create a contemporary environment that is inherently dynamic, accessible, equitable, inclusive, and relevant to all visitors. ... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

Our Great River Series

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium (NMRMA) is excited to announce a new series, Our Great River , which aims to educate the public on environmental stewardship pertaining to water quality and urban best management practices. The community is invited to attend these upcoming events on June 20 and Aug. 15 at the River Museum’s Mississippi River Discovery Center (paddle wheel building) from 6-8 p.m. each evening. One June 20, Dr. Chris Jones, a research engineer at the... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019
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