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Society receives $175,000 in recovery grant funds

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received an Iowa Arts and Cultural Recovery Program grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. The $175,000 in recovery grant funds provides critical operational support for the Society’s two museums, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and the Mathias Ham Historic Site, as they navigate the impact of closures, cancellations, and low visitation during the coronavirus global pandemic.... Read More
at Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ice Fest 2021 is Back!

January 2021 will mark the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s 17 th annual Ice Fest, presented by Dupaco Community Credit Union. Slated for Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, the annual event celebrates the winter season of the past and present through engaging activities and demonstrations. New to 2021, guests will be invited to the River Museum’s settler’s cabin to discover how the area’s earliest settlers survived the winter months. The River... Read More
at Monday, December 21, 2020

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces passing of Momma, one of its original North American River Otters

She was a young, soon-to-be mother when Momma, one of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s original North American River Otters, came to the aquarium. Now, 16 years later, the River Museum family is heartbroken to announce the passing of one of its oldest and most memorable residents, Momma. Arriving in fall of 2004, Momma, named for her impending motherhood, gave birth to three healthy female pups shortly after joining the aquarium. Her keepers fondly... Read More
at Monday, December 7, 2020

2020 Historic Preservation Award Nominations Sought

The Dubuque County Historical Society, along with the Dubuque County Preservation Commission, is seeking nominations from the community for their annual Historic Preservation Awards. Since 1975, these awards have recognized citizens of Dubuque County who have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation through historically-sensitive restoration and preservation of their residential, commercial or civic properties. Historic properties in Dubuque County are eligible for the awards. To... Read More
at Monday, December 7, 2020

Outdoor Adventures offer small group activity during pandemic

On the heels of the organization announcing Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is taking its mission to the great outdoors through Outdoor Adventures. Now available through reservation or gift certificate, River Museum education and conservation staff are providing guided outdoor experiences with seasoned and knowledgeable guides. Two different guided experiences are being offered at Horseshoe Bluff and E.B. Lyons recreational areas. River... Read More
at Friday, December 4, 2020

Mike Davis Honored by National Rivers Hall of Fame

Mike Davis, a career conservationist with the Minnesota Department of National Resources (DNR), will be honored Nov. 6, 2020, by the National Rivers Hall of Fame (NRHOF). Davis is the recipient of the NRHOF’s Achievement Award, a distinction bestowed on individuals making significant contributions to America’s waterways. The award celebration will be conducted as part of a virtual event beginning at 6 p.m. and put on by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, home of... Read More
at Thursday, November 5, 2020

An update on Dot the Green Sea Turtle

Dot, our resident Green Sea Turtle, has been off exhibit for the better part of a year. A favorite among members and visitors alike, her departure from her normal habitat was met with concern over her health. While we are happy to inform our friends, members and follower’s that Dot is doing quite well, we also wanted to share a bit about her backstory and how she came to be at the River Museum, including why she is not yet back in her exhibit. In July of 2013, a juvenile Green Sea... Read More
at Thursday, September 3, 2020

Recent foundation awards support conservation education and equity for Dubuque County residents

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has received funding from two area foundations to support conservation education and equitable access for Dubuque County residents. Alliant Energy Foundation has awarded the River Museum $5,000 towards the expansion of its conservation education live animal outreach program. Environmental stewardship is a shared goal of both Alliant Energy Foundation and the River Museum, and the funds will address Iowa bird conservation initiatives and... Read More
at Friday, August 28, 2020

State of Iowa grant awards support programs and provide emergency relief

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) is the recent recipient of five awards from various State of Iowa grant programs. These funds provide programmatic and operational support. Funding supports both of the DCHS’ museums, the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and is crucial to the viability of the museums during the coronavirus global pandemic. Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,... Read More
at Friday, August 28, 2020

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

The City of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Operating Support grant program recently awarded the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) $30,000 for general operating support for fiscal year 2021. The mission of DCHS is to inspire stewardship by creating educational opportunities where history and rivers come alive. As a steward of the region’s history, the organization has become a key community partner for humanities-based programming and informal learning. Serving local, state and... Read More
at Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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