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State of Iowa grant awards support programs and provide emergency relief

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) is the recent recipient of five awards from various State of Iowa grant programs. These funds provide programmatic and operational support. Funding supports both of the DCHS’ museums, the Mathias Ham Historic Site and the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and is crucial to the viability of the museums during the coronavirus global pandemic.

Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded DCHS $500 in funding for Linwood Legacies: Cemetery Tours, Exhibit, and Special Event at the Mathias Ham Historic Site. On exhibit now, the series exemplifies the death culture of the Victorian era and juxtaposes its various themes with contemporary practices.

In support of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s newest permanent exhibit River of Innovation’s Belt-driven Machine Shop, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Historical Resource Development Program awarded $43,817 in grant funds to support historical interpretation, curriculum development, and key professionals.

The River Museum’s History Highlights:Spotlight on Material Culture program received $6,126 in support from the Iowa Arts Council’s Iowa Cultural Heritage grant program, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding will support program development and evaluation of the new History Highlights program that will be designed with a special needs learner-first educational equity model in partnership with area social service agencies.

In partnership with the National Endowment for the arts, the Iowa Arts Council awarded DCHS $18,000 in funding support through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. These funds provide the operational support required to maintain critical infrastructure to protect the DCHS collections both living and historical.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSNHA) COVID-19 Resilience Program awarded $2,500 in support to SSNHA partner sites, the River Museum and the Mathias Ham Historic Site, providing crucial operating support funds for the two DCHS museums.