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The Historic Tales of OLD DUBUQUE are as important to the nation as they are to Iowa. Look into the life of railroad attorney Abraham Lincoln as he pays a visit to a prominent railroad engineer in Dubuque prior to becoming president. Follow Congressional debate on whether U.S. Representative William Vandever (R-IA) had the right to simultaneously hold a seat in Congress and a Commission in the U.S. military during the Civil War. View some of the more popular Americans photographed by famed Dubuque photographer Samuel Root, including an image of Frederick Douglass captured while in Dubuque for one of three lectures the “Self-Made Man” made in the Key City. Author and historian John T. Pregler sheds light on these rediscovered facets of American history and many others.


  • River Lights Bookstore – Dubuque, Iowa
  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – Dubuque, Iowa
  • Steve’s Ace Home & Garden – Dubuque, Iowa
  • Books-A-Million (BAM) – Kennedy Mall, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Outside the Lines Art Gallery – Galena, Illinois

On May 9, 2023, John T. Pregler will give a lecture as part of the Society for American Baseball Research’s (SABR) 19th Century Speakers Series entitled DUBUQUE – AN EARLY CRADLE OF BASEBALL HISTORY.

Tri-State History on AM 1370 KDTH

Voices of the Tri-States

Listen to stories about Tri-State history on previous episodes of Voices of the Tri-States, hosted by our friend Cindy Kohlmann.  Click here to view and listen to past episodes.

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