The Dubuque County Historical Society has received three grant awards totaling $81,675 from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA). These grants were part of more than $2 million in funding awarded by IDCA to 200 projects across the state.
The Historical Society was awarded two grants from the Historical Resource Development division of IDCA and one grant from the Iowa Arts Council’s Cultural Heritage division of IDCA. Projects receiving support include a Conditions Assessment Report for the Mathias Ham Historic Site, program support for Holidays with the Ham Family taking place winter of 2018, and funding for a local innovation exhibit opening in 2019 at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium that will feature innovations from the local business community.
The Dubuque County Historical Society is comprised of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Mathias Ham Historic Site, National Rivers Hall of Fame, and RiverWorks Discovery. The institution houses more than 2,000 animals representing more than 215 species and stewards more than 24,000 artifacts and 4,400 linear feet of archival collections. Its mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.
The Dubuque County Historical Society has also been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Funding from NEH will support campus improvements and restoration projects at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, the Mathias Ham Historic Site, and aboard the National Historic Landmark property the William M. Black.
NEH is an independent federal agency dedicated to the humanities and awards funding through peer-reviewed proposals. Funds were awarded as part of NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant program, which leverages federal funds for cultural institutions.