April 3 - The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse located at 1838 Gillespie Street on the Rock Island Arsenal. The menu will be a tossed salad with bread sticks, chicken with rice, steamed broccoli, rolls, and a Chef’s Choice dessert, all prepared by the Golf Club kitchen. Cost is $14.00/person including tip and tax. This event is open to both members and non-members. Interested parties may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. Guest speaker will be Rich Morthland, a Communications instructor at Black Hawk College. Mr. Morthland has served as a representative in the Illinois Legislature. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, March 31st. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. For reservations please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email email@example.com. If further information is needed please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. To enter the Arsenal you must have a valid I.D. to present. Please tell the guard at the gate you plan to attend a function at the Clubhouse. Those coming from the Iowa side on the Arsenal Bridge, please proceed to the Rock Island gate and everyone is asked to honor all stop signs no matter the time of day.
April 4 - Art Historian Jeff Mishur will speak on the massive effort to save and repatriate stolen objects during and after World War II. The Monuments and Men: Saving Europe’s Treasures will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. This event is part of Evenings at Butterworth and is funded by the William Butterworth Memorial. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. The event is free with refreshments following. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworth.com.
April 5 - First Do No Harm: At 9:30 am at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch learn how to carefully encapsulate your documents without breaking the bank at this event celebrating preservation month. Each participant will be provided with the supplies to preserve on-site a document no larger than 11×17 to take home. Registration is required, but the event is free. The Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Please call (563) 326-7832 to register.
April 5 – State of Scott: At 2:00 pm at the Davenport Public Library – Eastern Avenue Branch, see specially preserved footage from 1948 in this film screening of a State of Scott parade, corn husking contests, and agricultural feats from 1948 and earlier in Scott County. See period vehicles and what people wore more than 50 years ago while celebrating preservation month. The Eastern Branch is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA. This event is free. Please visit www.davenportlibrary.com for more information.
April 6 - Scherenschnitte - Paper Cutting with Keith Bonnstetter at the German American Heritage Center from 12:30 – 1:30 or 2:00 – 3:00. Learn the art of paper cutting for holidays and cards. For ages 10 and up. $15/member, $20/non-member. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. All materials provided. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. For more information please visit www.gahc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information or to register please call (563) 322-8844.
April 9 - The Port Byron Historical Society will host Carl Palmer who will speak on “The History of Numbers, Slide Rules, and Surveying in Illinois” at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. The Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except December) and welcomes all who may share an interest. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 214 South Main Street, Port Byron, IL.
April 12 – Genealogy Workshop featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. “Is Any Body There? – Tracking Ancestral Remains” sponsored by the Burlington Public Library, Burlington, IA. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Programs include Lesser-Used Federal Records, Breaking Through Brick Wall: Use your head, Our National Archives: The astounding institution and how to use it, and How to Prepare for Successful Research in Europe in European Records. Friday April 11 registration begins at 6:30, Presentation 7:00, and Dessert Bar following. Lunch included on April 12th. Friday dessert talk only $8/person; Saturday workshop only $15/person; Both events $20/person. The Burlington Public Library is located at 210 Court Street, Burlington, IA. For questions and registration please call (319) 753-1647. This event is brought to you by the Burlington Public Library Foundation and the Greater Burlington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Registration is limited.
April 12 - 3rd Annual Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair from 10:00 – 3:00 at the German American Heritage Center. Admission is free to the fair. Many vendors will be there with items such as Pysanky decorated eggs, hot cross buns, to wood carvings. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. For more information please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or email Kelly at email@example.com.
April 13 - Kathi Hofmann will present a program on German Easter Fountains, or Osterbrunnen, and other Easter traditions at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the museum and program are $5/adult, $4/Seniors, $3 Kids 5 – 17. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. For more information please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or email Kelly Lao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 21 – Rock Island County Historical Society Friends Luncheon. The lunch is at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The cost of the program is $7.50/person and includes lunch. The menu will be Baked Ham with Pineapple Sauce, Rotini Pasta Salad, Sweet Potato Puff, Mixed Vegetables, and Coconut Cream Pie. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12:15 p.m. Joe Taylor, Quad City Chamber President will speak on “Making Tracks: Trails Through the Quad Cities.” Please RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 17th. For more information or to RSVP please call (309) 764-8590.
April 26 - 40th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Viking Club of Moline, 1450 – 41st Street, Moline, IL. Guest speaker will be Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. Topics include Internet Techniques for Locating Lost Relatives; The Journey to America: Passenger Ship Records; Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted; Pushing Up Daisies: Cemetery Research. Registration fee is $25/person and includes conference handouts, coffee, and buffet luncheon. Any registration received after April 21st will not include buffet luncheon. A waiting list will be kept in case of cancellations. You must include a telephone number on your registration form. There are some registration forms located at the Special Collections desk at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch, or you can download and print out the brochure/registration at this link. For more information please contact Len Stevens (563) 359-9672 or Chris Iossi (563) 355-6298.
April 27 – Annual Founders Day Service commemorating the beginnings of Augustana Church, Augustana Synod, and Augustana College and Theological Seminary at the historic Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, IL. The chapel is located at 6th and Oak Streets in Andover, IL. For more information please visit www.andovertourism.com for details.
April 28 - The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library to discuss Civil War events in April 1864. This month discussion will include Confederate victories in Louisiana at Sabine Crossroads (or Mansfield), in NOrth Caroline at Plymouth and Washington, in Arkansas (including the massacre of black soldiers at Poison Springs) and Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry raids into Kentucky and Tennessee (including the massacre of black soldiers at Fort Pillow). The Roundtable meets every fourth Monday to discuss major, and trivial, Civil War events of that month. Everyone is welcome. The library is located at 214 South Main Street, Port Byron, IL.
May 19 - Craig Beek will present “Model T’s: History and Collections“ (optional tour of his car museum on 7th Street, Moline) to the Rock Island County Historical Society Friends Luncheon. The lunch is at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The cost of the program is $7.50/person and includes lunch. The menu will be Salisbury Steak, Mandarin Lettuce Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, and Strawberry Short Cake. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12:15 p.m. Please RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15th. For more information or to RSVP please call (309) 764-8590.
June 7 & 8 – More Fun on 81 Festival featuring sixth annual antique lawn & tractor show, and family events. Special on June 8 – breakfast in the park, outdoor community worship service at 9 a.m., and Salute to Veterans at 10:30 a.m. Events take place at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites. Please visit www.andovertourism.com for more details. In Andover, IL.
June 11 - Join Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans in a free outdoor concert on the lawn of the historic Deere-Wiman House at 6:30 p.m. Bring chairs/blankets for seating; picnic suppers allowed. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information or to reserve free seats, call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com
June 16 - KeeKee Pregracke will present “Story of a Healthy River: Living Lands and Waters” to the Rock Island County Historical Society Friends Luncheon. The lunch is at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The cost of the program is $7.50/person and includes lunch. The menu will be Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 12:15 p.m. Please RSVP by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12th. For more information or to RSVP please call (309) 764-8590.
June 22 - Blossoms at Butterworth from noon until 5:00 p.m. A traditional garden party featuring vintage delights and family oriented activities: antique cars, lawn games of the 1800s, live music, guided bus tour, tour of historic Deere-Wiman and Butterworth homes, refreshments, and more! No charge for admission. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com
July 9 - Join Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats at a free outdoor concert for kids and families on the lawn of the historic Deere-Wiman House at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs/blankets for seating. Picnic suppers welcome. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.