Mathias Ham Historic Site opens with new activities and exhibits

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The Mathias Ham Historic Site opens for the season on Saturday, May 26, and with it, new activities and a new exhibit. Master Illustrators: The artwork of Richard Herrmann and Cy Ferring will consist of original works and artifacts from the two artists that celebrate the connection between nature and art, along with our ability to understand both their beauty and importance to understanding history.

The Site and exhibits will be open throughout Memorial Day weekend and then Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Labor Day weekend. Also new this year, families are encouraged to join Site staff for special crafts on the first Sunday of each month. June 3 visitors can weave coasters; July 1 visitors will paint tea cups; August 5 visitors will make rag rugs; and September 2 visitors can crochet potholders.

“Beyond the new exhibit and monthly crafts, we’d like to invite the community to feel free to use the grounds as a place to picnic on Sundays throughout the summer,” said Victoria Cote, historic site coordinator for the property. “Bring your lunch and a blanket, enjoy some quality time with your family, and let your children explore the grounds.”
The cost to tour the Mathias Ham Historic Site is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children 3-17. The cost to participate in monthly crafts is $5 per craft. Visitors may choose to participate in one or both activities. Picnicking on the grounds is freely welcomed, and staff only ask that families leave the space as they found it.

About the Mathias Ham Historic Site
Operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society and affiliated with the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, the Mathis Ham Historic Site is a home to the Mathias Ham House, Iowa’s oldest building—an 1833 settler’s log cabin, a one-room school house, a replica lead mine and miner’s dwelling, and a granary. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and on select dates for special events. For more information, visit

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