"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.
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; 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 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. In this online expansion of the original text, it continues to exceed all expectations. We also wish to acknowledge Paul Beck and the Murphy Library Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Paul Hemmer, Dubuque's favorite musician, composer, broadcaster, and contributor to this site is about to publish 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. Based upon my pre-release readings, you will uncover previously unknown facts, pictures, and human interest items galore. Check back here for more information.
John Pregler, one of our important contributors, is 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.
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.
Now Featuring: Family History
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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