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Home for the Holidays

Date & Time

December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
This event repeats weekly on Saturday and Sunday until 12/23/2019.


Mathias Ham Historic Site
2241 Lincoln Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001
Request for Dubuque Traditions Submissions

The Dubuque County Historical Society is seeking photography submissions for our upcoming exhibit Dubuque Traditions: A Photographic Experience as part of Home for the Holidays. The exhibit will provide a chance to experience the holiday traditions of our neighbors, friends, and strangers. Traditions are the stories, beliefs, customs, and routines that create a binding force between generations and provide a sense of belonging.

Dubuque Traditions is a chance to explore the moments in life, caught on camera, that represent those special things that build a connection between the people in our community.

The exhibit will open November 30th – Dec 22nd at the Mathias Ham Historic Site and is funded in part by the City of Dubuque Arts & Culture Special Projects Grant Program. Deadline for submissions is October 15th 2019. Submission details as follows:

  • Up to three photos per person
  • Photos must display holiday traditions during the months of October to January
  • Summary and identification must accompany each photo. Include names, dates, and location with summary
  • Digital and physical photographs will be accepted
  • Photographs must be copies. Do not send original photographs as these will not be returned to sender

Send photographs to or by mail to ATTN: Dubuque Traditions, 350 E 3rd St., Dubuque, IA 52001

Event Details

Celebrate an old-fashioned holiday at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. On select weekends in December, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Ham House will be decorated in period style, and costumed interpreters will share holiday traditions of the Victorian era. Winter furs and footwear from the Dubuque County Historical Society’s collection will be on display throughout the month. Admission is just $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 3-17. Members of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium receive free admission.

Home for the Holidays will feature special guests and activities each weekend. Crafts will be available while supplies last each day.

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