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Ham Site offers free admission during Museum Day

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is participating in Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day on Sept. 21, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Museum Day is an initiative across the United States to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. A free ticket is required for admission and can be secured by visiting

Guided tours from costumed interpreters will be available from 1-4 p.m. The Site’s summer exhibit “Photography: Past, Present, & Future” will also be open for visitors. At 1 p.m. local author, historian, and genealogist Cindy Sand Nielsen will present on the historic Union Park flood, which took place 100 years ago in 1919. In her book “Through My Grandfather’s Eyes: A History and Memories of Union Park: 1891-2011”, Nielsen details her grandfather Zeno A. Tranel’s memories of Union Park and the Union Park flood.

Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

The Mathias Ham Historic Site is located at 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque, Iowa. For more information on the Mathias Ham Historic Site, visit