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Dubuque County Historical Society Receives Critical Funding from the Iowa Arts Council

The Dubuque County Historical Society has received two grant awards from two distinct grant programs created by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grant awards include $6,100 in funding from the Iowa Arts & Culture Marketing Grant program in support of the Society’s “Safe and Healthy Learning” marketing campaign aimed to promote its two museums, the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, through a variety of marketing channels and to re-engage audiences in safe and immersive cultural learning experiences. The Society also received $18,000 in funding from the Council’s American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant program. Funding will support a robust season of humanities programming paired with an expansive marketing campaign aimed to reinvigorate programming and visitation at the Mathias Ham Historic Site after the effects of the pandemic on the Site’s visitation.

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded more than $1.5 million in grants this month to support the return of the state’s arts, culture, history and creative sector by supporting arts and cultural jobs and programming in the humanities. In total, 236 individuals and organizations— representing 70 communities across 56 Iowa counties— will benefit from the funding made possible through the agency’s state/federal partnerships with Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities with federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Funding from these arts and culture grant programs are instrumental to the Society’s mission, to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. This critical state and federal funding will empower the DCHS to enhance the visitor experience, grow Iowa’s economy, preserve historic collections, and create the next generation of river explorers.