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Category: history

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

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

One hundred years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19 th Amendment became law as Tennessee became the 36 th 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 19 th 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... Read More
at Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dubuque County Historical Society recognizes all homes as living museums and calls for home curators to share their collections on social media

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are inviting the local and extended community to participate in a digital collection of artifacts through social media. On Monday, April 13, 2020, the DCHS will announce a social media call for artifacts and encourage individuals to share a photo of an artifact and its significance to their home museum, using #HomeMuseumCollections. “As we continue to social distance and... Read More
at Monday, April 13, 2020

President Hoover Inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame

President Herbert Hoover’s lasting impact on America’s river systems will be recognized on March 27, 2020, at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover will be posthumously inducted into the National Rivers Hall of Fame. Born in 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, Herbert Hoover was an engineer and has arguably impacted America’s rivers through public policy more than any other individual in the nation’s history. Responsible for... Read More
at Thursday, February 27, 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... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Call for local baseball memorabilia and artifacts

In 2020, the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will pay homage to the area’s rich baseball history by creating a “mini-exhibit” at its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The mini-exhibit will primarily feature the early years of Minor League Baseball in Dubuque, beginning in 1879 when the Dubuque Red Stockings beat the World Champion Chicago White Stockings, 1-0. Charles Comiskey played right field for the Dubuque Red Stockings in that game. He would... Read More
at Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Piece of local history given new life at River Museum

The chair used by the first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from West of the Mississippi has received new life through recent conservation. The Henderson chair, nicknamed for David B. Henderson, was used during his time as Speaker of the House in the 56 th and 57 th Congresses. The chair was originally donated to the Dubuque County Historical Society in 1965 by the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. In recent months, the River Museum was able to have the chair conserved,... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019