Area Genealogical and Local History Events

 2018

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

July 11:  WWI Lecture Series  “Battles of Cantigny/St. Mihiel”                                                               2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Meeting Room A

July 11th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Japanese Stab Binding                                    Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

July 16th:  Main Street Library from 5:30-7 p.m. Davenport Public Library will host a three week poster exhibition in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Posters include stills from film strips last shown publicly in 1949 by UNESCO. Davenport is the opening site for this exhibit which has never been seen in the United States. Brief formal presentation at 6 p.m.

July 21:  10:00 am Port Byron, IL will dedicate a grave marker for Lt. George Henry Apthorp at the old Port Byron City Cemetery on Cherry Street.  Apthorp died October 29, 1864 while participating in a charge with the 14th Colored Infantry in the Civil War Battle of Decatur, Alabama. 

July 22nd:  “Women’s Roles In Society: Fashion & History”  2 p.m. German American Heritage Center – Putnam Museum Curator of History and Anthropology Christina Kastell will present a program on how women’s fashion has reflected women’s changing roles in society. The program is included with regular admission.

July 23rd:  History and Legacy of the Bix 7 Road Race                                                         6:30 p.m. Davenport Public Library | Main

July 24:  Genealogical Perspectives:  Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Series “10 Tech Tools You Can’t Live Without”  6:30 p.m.  Davenport Public Library | Main 

July 25th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Accordion Binding                                      Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

July 26th:  History and Legacy of the Bix Road Race   6:30 PM  The Library | Main            Join us in learning more about the Bix 7 Road Race through historical sources in the Library’s archives! Posters, images, memorabilia, and more!  

July 28:  Davenport Public Library | MAIN will be open only in the afternoon due to the BIX Road Race. Open 1-5:30 p.m.

July 29:  Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Public Tours of Quarters One at Rock Island Arsenal.

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

August 4th:  “Big Top Circus Band Concert”  2 p.m. German American Heritage Center  Enjoy whimsical music of yesteryear.         Admission is FREE for EVERYONE!

August 6:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  Newspapers:  Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors in Newspapers

August 8th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Hand Lettering 101                                    Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

August 11: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Scots and Irish Research 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

August 22nd:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Relief Printing:  Linocut                          Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

September 8: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Newspapers and City Directories.  10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

September 10:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  TBA

September 12:  WWI Lecture Series  “Battle of the Meuse-Argonne”                                                         2:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch and 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch

September 29 – Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House                                            5:30 p.m. Tours begin; 7 p.m. Ghost Stories begin

Through October 27th  Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

October 1:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM: What’s New in Special Collections?

October 5: Opening of French Moderns Monet to Matisse at the Figge Art Museum from until January 6, 2019. 

October 8:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m. 

October 13: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Homestead, Lotteries and Land Rush Records.   10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

November 5:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting Annual Meeting at Legion Post 26 – Election of Officers PROGRAM:  TBA

November 10: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Why did Grandpa Move? [Migration] 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

November 11 – Veteran’s Day at the Colonel Davenport House
The Colonel Davenport House will be open on Veteran’s Day from 2-4 p.m. Admission is $1.00 for adults/seniors. Kids 12 and younger and active and retired military are free. George Davenport served in the U.S. Army in the early 1800’s to 1815. He came to this area as an Army supplier in 1816 to establish Ft. Armstrong.

November 14:  WWI Lecture Series  “Armistice, the Russian Expedition, and Occupation of Germany”                                                                                                                                                                    2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

December 3:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy       Installation of Officers

December 9 – Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Christmas Tea at Quarters One

9 Responses to Area Genealogical and Local History Events

  1. Mary LePoer says:

    I lived in Davenport until I was 4 years old and am now getting into genealogy. Is there a society homepage? All I see are the “events” listing.

    • SCblogger says:

      The Scott County Iowa Genealogy Society does not have a website at this time.

      However, you may contact them via e-mail (scigscorsec@yahoo.com) or regular mail (P.O. Box 3132, Davenport, Iowa 52808-3132).

  2. john baldeck says:

    i am researching my families ancesters, and have knowledge of my great great grandparents settling in davenport; and living at 1025 west 5th st. their name was franz and maria bruggemann.their daughter (my great grandmother)was born at that address. i am looking for any information you may have as to when they settled in davenport.

    • SCblogger says:

      Hello!

      If you could please fill our our online research request form on our website (www.qcmemory.org/Page/Ask_a_Question.aspx?nt=208), with any general dates you might have for this family, we will see what our resources can do for you!

  3. Helen V Peters says:

    I am looking for any information about my Grandmother, Ida Roneau (?Spelling) who was born in Hamburg, Germany on March 25, 1860. She immigrated to the US in 1879 or 1880 and joined her sister in Davenport, Iowa. She married Wilhelm Peters(born 28Aug1880) soon after her arrival and they lived in Dysart, Tama County Iowa. I have not been able to find any information about her prior to her marriage to Wilhelm. If someone could look for any information in Davenport with anyone with that name I would be happy to pay for any information about her or her sister. Unfortunately, I do not know her sisters name or whether or not she was married. thanks, Helen Peters.

  4. Samantha Lee says:

    This year I began a FB page where I’m posting my grandfather’s diary entries from 1915. At that time he was 18 years old, living in Davenport with his sister and mother. He was a student at Palmer School of Chiropractic. I thought you might find it interesting. His name was Earl Benton. His sister was Rosybell Benton and his mother Rosy Leaf Benton.

  5. Fawn says:

    How can I register for the genealogy conference on the 26th of April if I do not live close to Davenport? There must be a way to get the form online? An email to ask for one? I live over an hour away, but would love to go……

    thanks,
    Fawn

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