The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) received funding from two grants to support their equity-forward Museums for All program. The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors awarded DCHS with $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2024 Purchase of Service funding support in addition to $2,500 in funding support from the McDonough Foundation.

“The Historical Society is grateful for the dedicated funding from Dubuque County and the McDonough Foundation in support of such an impactful program like Museums for All,” said Kurt Strand, President and CEO of the Dubuque County Historical Society. “Museums offer dynamic opportunities for all ages to learn and explore. Through this program, we can ensure that everyone has that opportunity.”

DCHS’s Museums for All program provides approximately 7,200 visitors each year with low- or no-cost admission to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and The Mathias Ham Historic Site. Museums for All, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, was created to provide individuals living below the federal poverty threshold with barrier-free access to cultural institutions and encourage diverse populations to build routine engagement in cultural experiences in an effort to nurture the prioritization of lifelong learning.

“Museums for All is the remarkable success story of creating an affordable and welcoming program for all American families to enter the world of imagination, fun, and knowledge represented by America’s extraordinary museum world,” said Institute of Museum and Library Services, Director Crosby Kemper. “The 1000 museum participants represent service to millions of American children and their parents.”

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