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Dubuque County Historical Society receives grant from City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support program

The City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program recently awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $28,000 for general operating support for fiscal year 2022. As a steward of the region’s history, DCHS has become a key community partner for humanities-based programming and informal learning. Its mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational opportunities where history and rivers come alive. The organization works to fulfill this... Read More
at Monday, September 27, 2021

Wahlert Family Foundation supports free access to National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium educational opportunities

The Wahlert Family Foundation recently awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium $3,000 towards its Everybody’s Museum Membership (EMM) program. Guided by its efforts to support the lives of those less fortunate and contribute to the betterment of life in Dubuque, Iowa, the Foundation’s financial support will be used to provide equal access opportunities to the underserved of Dubuque County. This includes free access for EMM program participants to visit the... Read More
at Thursday, September 23, 2021

Anderson Corporate Foundation provides free National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium memberships to those in need through

Dubuque, Iowa – The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s equitable education initiative, Everybody’s Museum Membership (EMM) program, recently received a financial boost from the Andersen Corporate Foundation in the amount of $5,000. With a mission to improve lives and strengthen communities where Andersen employees live and work, the Foundation’s gift will provide free memberships to Dubuque residents from underserved, low-income families as well as... Read More
at Tuesday, September 21, 2021

McDonough Foundation supports Mathias Ham House restoration efforts

The James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation has awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $20,000 for restoration efforts at the Mathias Ham House located at 2241 Lincoln Ave. in Dubuque, Iowa. Built and expanded over the course of the mid-1800s, the Mathias Ham House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the last four years, DCHS has taken strategic steps to plan and prepare for the execution of a Mathias Ham House restoration. Guided by a historic... Read More
at Sunday, September 19, 2021

Deaccessioning: History is given a new purpose

A treasure trove of history. That is what some might call the collections storage at the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS). Each piece they preserve has a story and provenance, some more significant than others. Continually,  they collect and preserve history through inanimate objects, progressively making their collections stronger. To actively expand their collection, which tells the stories that embody Dubuque County and the Mississippi River, they need space. That space is... Read More
Posted by William Minnick at Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Dubuque County Historical Society receives challenge grant to restore the Mathias Ham House

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and its Mathias Ham House were recently awarded a $270,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The grant, which requires DCHS to raise a matching $540,000 by June 30, 2024, will support preservation and maintenance of the Mathias Ham House’s interior finishes and mechanical and building systems. “The Jeffris Foundation is delighted to be proceeding with a challenge grant to preserve the Mathias Ham House,” states... Read More
at Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Dubuque County Historical Society launches new initiative to collect materials related to tumultuous year

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has announced that it will be launching a new initiative called Hindsight 2020 , a community collecting initiative to document and preserve the events of 2020 and beyond as experienced by the Dubuque County area. DCHS is asking that residents of Dubuque County donate materials related to the events of 2020 and early 2021. The organization hopes that by collecting items from the general public it can preserve and interpret the diverse and unique... Read More
at Thursday, June 24, 2021

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Wins 2021 AASLH Award of Excellence

NASHVILLE, TN—June 3, 2021—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (River Museum) is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works Exhibit within its new River of Innovation Gallery. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Thursday, June 3, 2021

Iowa man planning second paddling trip of a lifetime 42 years after his first, raising funds and awareness for conservation initiatives

Hank Kohler set out in 1979 with his brother Keith Kohler and friends Rich Wiebke and Dennis Weidemann on a 1300-mile paddling trip from central Minnesota to Hudson Bay. The lifechanging trip was later detailed in Weidemann’s book “ This Water Goes North ”. Now, 42 years after his first big adventure, Kohler plans to set out from central Minnesota and head south to the Gulf of Mexico. On June 3, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., Kohler will set off from East Leaf Lake in... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Friday, May 28, 2021

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium “gears up” for River of Innovation grand opening June 11

Since the opening of the Iowa Marine Engine & Launch Works within the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium last fall, the organization has been tirelessly working to complete the final two-thirds of what will be the John and Alice Butler River of Innovation Gallery . Named after lead donors John and Alice Butler, River of Innovation ’s public grand opening will take place the weekend of June 11-13, 2021. Building on the River Museum’s abundant historical,... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Monday, May 10, 2021
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