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4th of July Ice Cream Social Named for Audrey Hammer

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is celebrating Independence Day this year with its annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at its location on Lincoln Ave. in Dubuque. The event is getting a new addition to its name for 2022, and will be the Audrey Hammer 4th of July Ice Cream Social moving forward.

Hammer was a long-time tour guide at the Ham Site and volunteered at the ice cream social annually. A former teacher, Hammer had a passion for education and service to community.

Attendees will enjoy live music by The Americana Band. Victorian games will be held in the yard for children including sack races, horseshoes, jacks, and more. Crafts will also take place as well throughout the day. Picnic foods, cakes, and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Free tours of the historic Ham House, the Humke one-room school, the replica lead mine, and the Arriandeau log cabin will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with live demonstrations and thunderous cannon fire adding to the experience of Independence Day.

Free-will donations will be accepted with proceeds benefitting the Mathias Ham Historic Site, a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society.

Special thanks to sponsors Tracy & Fred Fischer and this year’s in-kind sponsor, Prairie Farms, for providing ice cream for this year’s event.

About the Mathias Ham Historic Site

The Mathias Ham Historic Site, operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic property includes the Mathias Ham House, Iowa’s oldest log cabin, the Humke Schoolhouse, and a historic granary. The Mathias Ham Historic Site is located at 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque, Iowa. For more information on the Mathias Ham Historic Site, visit