Mathias Ham Historic Site

2241 Lincoln Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001 - United States




Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Explore Dubuque’s rich history at our unique historic site. Owned and operated by the Dubuque County Historical Society and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic property includes the Mathias Ham House, Iowa's oldest log cabin, the Humke Schoolhouse from Centralia, and a historic granary.

Costumed interpreters provide guided tours of the site, sharing the rich history of Mathias Ham, the city of Dubuque, life on the Mississippi River, and life during the Victorian era.


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Event: Mathias Ham Historic Site Invasive Removal and Habitat Restoration Using Buckthorn Baggies: Experimenting with Invasive Species Control without the Use of Herbicides.

An eductive experience to encourage volunteers to think critically about plants we add to our yards and the chemicals we use to manage them, and an opportunity to become a good neighbor through the University of Norther Iowa’s Good Neighbor Iowa Program by pledging to eliminate pesticide, and herbicide use at their homes and/or businesses.

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