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Category: Dubuque County Historical Society

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 ru... 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

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 within.... Read More
at Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hard Won, Not Done Mini-Exhibit Celebrates 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment

One hundred years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment became law as Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. Today, a new mini-exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium highlights those locally who fought to pass the 19th Amendment, which reads “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” “From Anna Bell Lawther and Mary Newbury Adam... Read More
at Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Mathis Ham Historic Site reopens for season with modified Fourth of July celebration

The Mathias Ham Historic Site will reopen on July 2 with a modified Fourth of July celebration. What was to be its 57th annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social will, given the current pandemic, be modified for 2020 into a multiday series called Independence Days held July 2 – 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Independence Days will feature small group Ham House tours with interpreters stationed throughout the home. From candle making to homemade ice cream to creating Victorian posies, each ... Read More
at Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Smithsonian Museum Day scheduled for April 4 at Mathias Ham Historic Site

The community is invited to celebrate Museum Day at the Mathias Ham Historic Site on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The annual celebration is led by Smithsonian magazine in partnership with Smithsonian affiliates across the country. Museum Day tickets are available at Each ticket provides free admission for up to two people on Saturday, April 4, and one ticket is available per email address submitted. Costumed interpreters will be available at th... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dubuque Suffrage Mini Exhibit

In 2020, the Dubuque County Historical Society is excited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution by creating a “mini exhibit” at its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The 19th Amendment states simply, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The wording may seem simple, but the fight... Read More
Posted by Felicia Carner at Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Historic Preservation Award Nominations Sought

The Dubuque County Historical Society, 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 be cons... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Jeffris Family Foundation provides funding for Ham House

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its Mathias Ham Historic Site are pleased to announce a funding award from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The Jeffris Family Foundation has been dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Midwest by providing funding support to non-profit organizations working to preserve regional and national historic properties since 1979. The $15,000 in grant funding will support the completion of an historic structure report for the Mathias Ham House, 2... Read More
at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Grants awarded to DCHS

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) was recently awarded funding from the City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs grant programs for both operating support and special projects. Funding from the operating support grant totaled $30,000 and provides general support for the fundamental needs of DCHS as the organization continues to advance all seven of the City’s Arts and Cultural Goals and works to enrich the region through cultural exploration, year-round arts and culture eve... Read More
at Friday, September 6, 2019