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Encyclopedia Dubuque


"Encyclopedia Dubuque is the online authority for all things Dubuque, written by the people who know the city best.”
Marshall Cohen—researcher and producer, CNN

Affiliated with the Local History Network of the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Iowa Museum Association.


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Welcome to Encyclopedia Dubuque! With tens of thousands of articles and images, Encyclopedia Dubuque is the most comprehensive online resource to the history and culture of Dubuque, Iowa.

Our funding came from a competitive award established by The City of Dubuque to make it possible for community-based groups to participate in the city's 175th anniversary year. This project was unanimously approved as one of 10 to receive funding from the 46 grant applications received.

Encyclopedia Dubuque is continuously revised and updated by Randolph W. LYON, author of the reference book, Dubuque: The Encyclopedia, the basis of this website. Special appreciation goes to Robert Joseph REDING, former owner of Bob's Antiques and Collectibles of Dubuque; Daniel Boland; Mac Kolar; David Ryan; James T. Yardley, Brother Xavier Werneth, S. C., Earl Lester, Alex Wehrspann, Richard Vorwald, Mike Day, James Cox, Michelle Oberhoffer, Susan Bazelides; Dr. Brian Link; Susan Henricks, Director--Carnegie-Stout Public Library; Brad McGowan; Jeff Schroeder; Katherine Sullivan; Robert Willman; Gabrielle Martin; Robert Bonson; Dr. Darryl and Terry Mozena; Paul HEMMER; William Deibel; Larry FRIEDMAN; Jim Massey; Bradley and Diane Chalmers; Joseph Jacobsmeier; Ken Kozak; Richard E. Dunbar; Ken Tully; Chee Wang Ng; Donald R. Kunz; Kenneth J. Arthofer; Paul Lembke; Gerald C. Gordon; Nelson Klavitter; Lyn Klavitter Jungblut; Sandy Massey-Meyer; Timothy Ahlgrim; Ralph SCHARNAU; John Hohnecker; William K. Hammel; Mike Larkin; Joe Schallan; Bob Johnsen; James SHAFFER; Neal Sprenglemeyer; and Brian E. COOPER and the Telegraph Herald.

Special appreciation to Craig Nowack for videos.

Extensive research, material, and editing has been provided by Judith K. Schwartz, Tom Larson, Andrea Wallis Aven, Jeff Gruber, Carole and Paul Porter, Michael Spautz, Richard G. Bridges, Catherine Page, Katherine FISCHER, John P. KLAUER, Diane Harris, Ryan Larson, John T. PREGLER, and Paul W. LEWIS.

The CENTER FOR DUBUQUE HISTORY at LORAS COLLEGE was an indispensable resource during the publication of the original book. We also wish to acknowledge Paul Beck and the Murphy Library Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Encyclopedia Dubuque is now offering GPS coordinates for those attempting to locate graves of those who fought in the Civil War. This information is being brought to you through the efforts of the Robert Mitchell Camp #206 SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR and the website Find-a-Grave. If you know of a person who fought in the Civil War, North or South, please contact us. There is a virtual cemetery with more than 700 graves of Union Veterans. This can be found at: www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/446199

Paul Hemmer, Dubuque's favorite musician, composer, broadcaster, and contributor to this site has published a book! After years of research into actors, dancers, musicians, theaters, ballrooms, theaters and more of Dubuqueland, his book is written in the style of an informative chat, as only Paul can do. If you wish to purchase a copy, send me your name and email.

John Pregler, one of our important contributors, has developing a new website called http://thelensofhistory.com involving the history of the Tri-State area. His research on the Civil War has been outstanding; we encourage you to bookmark his website.

Be sure to watch Perpetual Motion Dubuque, a program produced by the City of Dubuque Cable TV Division. The program captures contemporary life in Dubuque with video shot from a constantly turning camera.

Encyclopedia Dubuque is very proud to display many sketches by acclaimed local artist, Norman ZEPESKI.

Note: In citing references to entries, newspaper pages are indicated by their appearance in the Carnegie-Stout Library ResCarta-Web reference and are not necessarily the actual page of the paper.

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The research and writing would mean little if the website did not have expert attention from staff at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library. For this our sincere appreciation goes to Michael May, Scott Schlichte, Jason M. Burds, Andrew Fuerste-Henry, and Amy Muchmore.

We appreciate your help in making Encyclopedia Dubuque comprehensive and accurate. If you believe we should add a subject or topic, have information or pictures to share, or if you notice any factual or typographical errors, please let us know.

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