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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

River Museum plans a “Taste” of something familiar

Plans are underway by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to bring back a modified version of Taste of Dubuque this summer. The temporarily reformatted Taste of Summer series is planned for the first Thursday in June, July, and August from 6-9 p.m. and will enable attendees to enjoy a less crowded event experience while still providing the original event’s signature tastes and entertainment. Taste of Summer will be located behind the gates in the National Mississippi... Read More
at Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mathis Ham Historic Site opens 2021 season with new exhibit

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will open for the season on Saturday, May 29, 2021, with a new exhibit entitled Sew Many Quilts! More than simple blankets, quilts have a long tradition of functionality, practicality, and beauty. Featuring a variety of quilts, Sew Many Quilts! is an introduction to quilt-making as a practical art form. Guests will discover the artistry and history associated with each quilt and foster an appreciation for the skill, ingenuity, and individuality displayed... Read More
at Thursday, April 29, 2021

RiverWorks Discovery, a nationwide outreach program of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, receives funding for a new traveling exhibit

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located in Dubuque, IA, and its national outreach program RiverWorks Discovery received a combined $200,000 from three foundations to support a new RiverWorks Discovery national traveling exhibit. The Walton Family Foundation awarded the project $100,000, with American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation awarding the project $50,000 each. Grants will support the design and development of this... Read More
at Monday, April 26, 2021

Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium prepares for new permanent additions

The Rivers to the Sea Gallery at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium premiered in 2010 with the opening of the organization’s Diamond Jo National River Center. Updated in 2016 to include a stingray touch tank experience and aquariums representing delta habitats, the space has recently received a large boost toward a third phased update to the permanent exhibit space. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium... Read More
at Thursday, April 22, 2021

New teen conservation program receives REAP CEP support

The Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) has awarded more than $43,000 in funding to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Teens Take CAARE (Conservation Action through Advocacy, Research and Engagement) program. The student-driven, student-led conservation program will engage teens in exploration, stewardship, and scientific inquiry as part of the River Museum’s overarching... Read More
Posted by Wendy Scardino at Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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