Mathias Ham House 48th Annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social
The Dubuque County Historical Society's 48th annual Ice Cream Social is Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-4p.m., sponsored by U.S. Bank.
Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Mathias Ham House Historic Site, a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society.
Guests can enjoy Ham House tours, live music, living history demonstrations including Civil War cannon and musket firings, and several activities for children including Victorian games, crafts and prizes throughout the day.
This holiday celebration will also have a variety of cakes and ice cream for sale as well as other favorite picnic fare including brats, hot dogs, barbeque pork, chips, soda, lemonade and popcorn.
Additional support for the Fourth of July Ice Cream Social provided by: Arctic Glacier Ice, Burger King, Hy-Vee, Pepsi, QueenB Radio, Schoeps Ice Cream, and Walmart.
Dubuque's oldest granary is on the grounds of the Ham House. This site feature is currently under restoration due to a grant awarded by the Dubuque Racing Association. After the restoration is complete later this fall, we will provide additional educational programming and interpretation for the public. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the DRA for their generosity and support in restoring this important agricultural historical resource to make it safely accessible to the public again.
River Adventure Summer Camp is Quickly Approaching!
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium's River Adventure Summer Camp offers two great camps this year--Backyard Beasts and Eco-Explorers.
Backyard Beasts is for kids in grades 1st through 5th. Let your kids take an unforgettable discovery adventure right here in our own backyard along the Mississippi!
Eco-Explorers is for kids in grades 6th through 8th. This camp will include lots of outdoor activity including hiking and canoeing. Plus, a new feature this year includes an overnight on the William M. Black landmark vessel.
Click here to download the River Adventure Summer Camp Registration Form.
Dubuque Rotary Rock & Soul Beach Party in the Port
The Rotary Club of Dubuque is having a Rock & Soul Beach Party!
The Rock & Soul Beach Party will take place in the Alliant Amphitheater at the Star Brewery Building from 4:30-10:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
For just a $5 donation at the door, you can enjoy live music by the Chicago band Risky Bizness and The Surfers (6:30-10:00 p.m.), beach game, raffles items, and other fun for the whole family!
All proceeds will benefit Rotary Club of Dubuque philanthropies.
Food, soda, beer, wine, Lime-a-rita's, Raz, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
Carry in food and drink not permitted.
Come dressed for the occasion with a Hawaiian shirt, leis or other beach party attire!
PLEASE CALL ROTARY CLUB OF DUBUQUE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT 563-582-5843.
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Outdoor Movie Night , July 7
Join us Saturday, July 7, for another outdoor movie night on the Mississippi Plaza's dockside patio! We are showing Tooth Fairy 2 (rated PG), starring Larry the Cable Guy.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs for seating.
The gate to the Mississippi Plaza will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk.
Admission for Museum & Aquarium members is FREE; admission for the public is $5 per person.
|Ding Darling Day
Join us for the 9th annual Ding Darling Day onSaturday, July 14, in the Mississippi Plaza!
We'll have lots activities including sun printing, conservation agency presentations, animal programs, fish and wildlife stations. All activities are free and open to the public in the Mississippi Plaza. Regular admission will still apply for entry to the Museum & Aquarium.
The Museum & Aquarium is proud to partner with the following organizations to this event possible:
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Dubuque County Conservation Board
National Audubon Society
Dubuque Metro Solid Waste Agency
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi River Network
Upper Mississippi River Wildlife & Fish Refuge
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The Dubuque County Historical Society operates the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame, Mathias Ham House Historic Site, Old Jail Museum, and Dubuque Guide Service. All museum properties are accredited by the American Association of Museums and are in association with the Smithsonian Institution. DCHS historical properties (the Mathias Ham House and Old Jail Museum) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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CSI: Dubuque Community Search & Investigation local history exhibit
The Dubuque County Historical Society's new exhibit aims to answer the many mysteries and urban legends of our City's founder and namesake, Julien Dubuque.
CSI Dubuque: Community Search and Investigation is an original exhibit developed by the Historical Society that will display throughout the summer at the Old Jail Museum--a National Historic Landmark.
Visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the true history surrounding our City's founding father, Julien Dubuque, born 250 years ago this year. Artifacts, images, interactive audio, and historic documents help present the most complete picture of Dubuque's life. Visitors can examine forensic evidence, hear eyewitness accounts, and compare statements to draw their own conclusions.
CSI: Dubuque also includes the first and only scientific depiction of Julien Dubuque. The image is based on real physical evidence and was created by renowned forensic artist Karen Taylor. Taylor has collaborated with several police departments throughout the country; she is most well-known for her work with the Discovery and History Channels and on television shows like Cold Case and the CSI series.
Did Julien Dubuque really look like Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett, as we have so often seen in the past? Join the Dubuque Community Search and Investigation to find out!
Click here for more information about the Old Jail Museum.
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|Plaza Patio Nights
The Museum & Aquarium's newly completed Mississippi Plaza will have extended hours (6-9 p.m.) on Friday & Saturday nights through the remainder of the summer.
The River's Edge Cafe will have its full menu available as well as select beers and wine. We'll also have music or live entertainment on the dockside patio... official line up coming soon!
Check www.rivermuseum.com for updates.
|Upcoming Events: Save the Dates! |
(Note: event dates, times and details are subject to change)
Ice Cream Social at the Mathias Ham House,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Outdoor Movie Night on the Plaza Patio
Ding Darling Day at the Museum & Aquarium Mississippi Plaza.
Toddler Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. at the Mississippi River Center. Please call 563-557-9545, ext. 215 to register.
Rotary Club of Dubuque's Rock & Soul Beach Party at the Alliant Amphitheater, 4:30-10:00 p.m. $5 donation at the door.
Taste of Dubuque in the Port, 3-11 p.m.
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Sign Up for Toddler Tuesdays
The Museum & Aquarium offers a program for toddlers on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Toddler Tuesdays are from 10-11 a.m. in the Mississippi River Center. The next July Toddler Tuesday date is is July 17.
The Toddler Tuesday program is for children ages 2 to 4-years-old. Cost is just $3 per child and FREE for one accompanying parent or guardian (cost is for program only, regular admission not included). Each month features a new theme and fun activities, including a story and craft project too!
The theme for the July programs is "G" is for Giraffe."
Advance sign-up is required. Please call 563-557-9545, ext. 215 or send an email.
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