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Dubuque Museum gets award at White House

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium got a nod from the White House this week.

Museum president and CEO Jerry Enzler accepted an award Tuesday at the White House for the museum's educational outreach program RiverWorks Discovery. It's a touring program the river museum and aquarium conducts that educates people about the importance of America's waterways.

"We're trying to tell the story of rivers: the commerce and the value they bring to the nation. The culture of rivers, the people who live along rivers and the history there. And the conservation of rivers," Enzler said Thursday at the museum.

Since the start of RiverWorks Discovery six years ago, more than 400,000 people throughout the US have seen the presentation.

In 2013, a $1.4 million expansion will allow it to become a touring exhibit for museums nationwide.

The award is part of the White House's Champions of Change program. The National River Museum and Aquarium won the award in the category of Transportation Innovators.

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