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River Museum Tabbed Target Circle Partner

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has been selected as one of five nonprofit organizations for the first cycle of the Target Circle Partnership Program for 2023, a one-time opportunity for Target Circle members to vote for the River Museum and earn a share of a $15,000 donation from Target. “We are excited and honored to have been chosen for this program,” said Vicky Sutter, Director of Donor Engagement. “I am a Target Circle member, and I am happy to... Read More
Posted by Emily Adlfinger at Friday, January 6, 2023

River Museum Provides Positive Updates Following Loss of Eight Stingrays

This story has been updated since the December 22, 2022 announcement. All updates regarding the stingray touchtank in the Delta will be added here.  Update January 20, 2023 The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has completed its investigation and confirmed preliminary findings from the December incident following a malfunction in its Delta exhibit’s alarm system. The River Museum has since replaced the alarm system and is currently in the process of acclimating... Read More
Posted by Emily Adlfinger at Thursday, December 22, 2022

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s Animals Receive Local Care from Dubuque’s Own Dr. Marianne Kirkendall

Wednesday mornings at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dr. Marianne Kirkendall is onsite for her veterinary rounds. On the rotation for the day is checking on a painted turtle who the aquarists are rehabilitating after it sustained a carapace fracture when it was hit by a car. Kirkendall does a visual exam and makes sure the turtle’s brace—a paperclip epoxied on its shell to keep the boney tissue from shifting while it heals—before she continues to other... Read More
at Friday, December 9, 2022

National Rivers Hall of Fame Honors Dan Mecklenborg with Achievement Award

Ingram Barge Company’s Chief Legal Officer Dan Mecklenborg was named one of the National Rivers Hall of Fame the Hall of Fame’s Achievement Award recipients on Wednesday at the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Conference in Paducah, Kentucky. The Achievement Award is a distinction bestowed on individuals making significant contributions to America’s waterways. From the navigation industry, where he distinguished himself as an advocate and problem-solver, to the rivers... Read More
at Thursday, December 8, 2022

National Rivers Hall of Fame Honors Tim Parker with Achievement Award

Parker Towing Company chairman Tim Parker’s service to river industry since 1974 earned him recognition as a National Rivers Hall of Fame the Hall of Fame’s Achievement Award recipient, a distinction bestowed on individuals making significant contributions to America’s waterways. Parker was formally celebrated at the Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) Conference in Paducah, Kentucky on Wednesday. Parker has exhibited leadership in action on a national scale for the inland... Read More
at Thursday, December 8, 2022

Three generations of Newt Marine family honored by National Rivers Hall of Fame

A family business with more than 80 years of tradition and reputation rooted in Mississippi River history was honored by the National Rivers Hall of Fame on November 4 as the late Eldon Newt, Gary Newt and Carter Newt of Newt Marine were named the recipients of the Hall of Fame’s Achievement Award, a distinction bestowed on individuals making significant contributions to America’s waterways. Eldon Newt (1913-1994) did not shy away from opportunity and his ambition laid the... Read More
at Thursday, November 10, 2022

Banvard and Worden inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame

The late John Banvard and Captain Jones Worden had their contributions to the rivers of America as an artist and captain, respectfully, eternally recognized on November 4, 2022 as the pair were inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. John Barnvard Banvard (1815-1891) used his innate artistic talents to paint a “three-mile long” and 12-foot high masterpiece termed “Barnvard’s Panorama of the... Read More
at Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Celebrate the Holidays at the Ham Site

Candlelight Tours and Home for the Holidays are returning to the Mathias Ham Historic Site this holiday season. Guests are invited to the site on Dec. 17 and 18 to take part in Victorian era traditions. Home for the Holidays Visitors can take self-guided tours through the house and see the decorations from the Victorian era from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Guides will not be leading tours through the house but will be providing information to guests. Admission is $7.50/adults and $4/children.... Read More
at Tuesday, November 1, 2022

A Holiday Classic is Coming to the Ham Site

A new immersive experience is coming to the Mathias Ham House this holiday season. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will take place on Dec. 10-11. The live performances will play out through the entirety of the house with the audience following from room-to-room as the story unfolds, creating a new experience for visitors. Live performances will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, with the final matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are limited, so... Read More
at Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Dubuque County Historical Society Receives Operating Support

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) recently received $25,000 in funding from the City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program. Funding will support general operations for the fiscal year 2023. Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded more than $4.1 million to local arts and culture organizations whose work serves thousands of Dubuque residents and visitors each year while enhancing the vibrancy and economic vitality of the community. This year, the... Read More
at Friday, October 14, 2022
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