Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

March

March 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at the Davenport School Museum at 6:30 p.m. The program will be A Tour of the Fascinating Collection and the Museum. The School Museum is located at 1606 Brady Street in the lower level of the building.

March 5 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse at 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be plantation salad, breaded breast of chicken with tomato relish, rice pilaf and medley of vegetables, and for dessert chocolate mousse.  All dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00/person including tax and tip. Guest speaker will be Mr. Brian Alm, and independent scholar on Egyptology. This event is open to 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. For reservations please call Monica (563) 560-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, March 2, 2015. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be responsible for costs incurred. For more information, please call Kris Leinicke at(309) 782-3518. When you enter the Arsenal please have a photo I.D. to show the guard at the gate. Please tell the guard you are attending a function at the Clubhouse. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

March 5 – Processing the John Hauberg Glass Plate Images presented by Samantha Crisp, Augustana Special Collections Librarian from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Learn about the processing of John Hauberg’s 7,000 photographs. Included in the talk will be photographs and a tour of the Hauberg House, including the normally restricted 3rd floor. Fee is $10.00. The Hauberg Civic Center is located at 1300 24th Street, Rock Island, IL. Parking in lot next to house.

March 6 – Fridays at Deere-Wiman concert at 3:00 p.m. with Pianist Joel Fan. More information on Mr. Fan is located at www.joelfanmusic.com. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. Admission is free with refreshments following. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation and the Quad Cities Arts Visiting Artist Series. For more information please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

March 8 – Capturing the Remagen Bridge 70 Years Ago presented at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Wolf Koch will speak on “The Miracle of Remagen” when the 9th Armored Division of the US 1st Army captured the last surviving bridge across the Rhine. Admission is $5/Adult, $4/Senior, $/child 5 – 17. GAHC members free. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844, email Kelly.lao@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

March 9 – World famous organist Ms. Ahreum Han Congdam will perform at the historic First Presbyterian Church at 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport at 1:00 p.m. The event is free.

March 10 – The Davenport Public Library’s Bix Birthday Bash at the River Music Experience from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The River Music Experience is located at 129 Main Street in Davenport. There is parking either on the street or in the nearby parking garage. Please note the change of venue for this year!

March 11 - Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron. Guest speaker will be Rich Morthland who will discuss “Inside the Illinois State Capital Building”. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Lawrence Bay (309) 523-2046.

March 14 – Join textile artist Gisela McDonald in creating colorful, foam centered, needle felted eggs at the German American Heritage Center from 1:30 – 3:30. $20 members and $25 non-members. The Center is located at 712 West 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. For more information or reservation please call (563) 322-8844, email kelly.lao@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

March 16 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, lime jello or Watergate salad, green peas, rolls, and chocolate mint pie. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Gayle Rein will speak on Frederick Weyerhaeuser: His Life and Influence on the Lumber Industry at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, March 12th. Event will be cancelled when school is cancelled.

March 21 – Join the Egg Heads from Zion Lutheran to learn the art of Pysanky Egg Decoration. Beginners class from 9 – 12 and a second class from 1 – 4 for those who have tried the art before. At the German American Heritage Center 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking in the lot behind the building. Cost is $20 for GAHC members and non-members $25. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org for information or to register. For more information also visit www.gahc.org.

March 24 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “The Button Factory in Muscatine” at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

March 27 – 12th Annual Henry Farnam Dinner celebrating the life and work of Government Bridge designer Ralph Modjeski. Mr. Modjeski began his career with the 1896 Government Bridge design and ended it helping with the first span of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge (now the I-74 bridge). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:20 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person with cash bar. The event will be held at the Jumer’s Hotel & Casino at 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island, IL. For more information or to make reservations please go to www.riveraction.org.

March 28 – 4th Annual Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair at the German American Heritage Center from 10 am – 2 pm. Free admission to the fair. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind the building. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. Or visit www.gahc.org.

April

April 10 – Uncover Your Ancestors at the 13th Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Thomas MacEntee. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Programs from 9:00 – 12:00. Lunch on own. Afternoon tours (additional fees). 6:30 p.m. Registration. 7:00 p.m. Presentation with Dessert Bar. It is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disasters and Misfortune. At the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, IA. Registration required. Registration is limited. Please contact (319) 753-1647 for information on registering.

April 11 – Uncover Your Ancestors at the 13th Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Thomas MacEntee. At the Capital Theater at 211 N. 3rd Street, Burlington, Iowa. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Programs from 9:00 – 12:00. Lunch provided with registration by April 1. Programs until 3:00 p.m. Registration required. Registration is limited. Please contact (319) 753-1647 for information on registering.

April 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Rolls and Butter, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker will be Gregg Swanson, Superintendent of Moline Water Works with optional tour at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, April 16th.

April 25 – 41st Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Viking Club of Moline. The Viking Club is located at 1450 41st Street, Moline, IL. Doors open to the public at 8:00 a.m. Registration and exhibits 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome 8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Morning topics From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas and Mining the Destination Data. Lunch from 11:30 – 1:00. Afternoon presentations Introduction to Irish Internet Sites and Effective Use of the Family History Library Catalog. 3:25 – 3:45 closing remarks. Registration fee is $25/person and includes handouts, coffee, and buffet luncheon. Any registration after April 21 will not include luncheon. Cancellations will not be honored after April 20. A waiting list is kept in case of cancellations. You must include your phone number on your registration form. Registration forms available at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. For more information, Please call Len Stevens at (563) 359-9672 or Chris Iossi (563) 355-6298. Sponsored by the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society.

April 25 - Augustana Founders Day Reunion celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod and 165th anniversary of the Andover congregation. The day will include interest groups pertaining to the Augustana Synod and stories about Swedish immigration. The featured speaker at noon will be Orion Samuelson from WGN radio in Chicago. A smorgasbord dinner will be served in the evening, followed by a hymn sing and vespers. Please see April 26th for more events. To register please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/reunion_2015/registration.html or call (309) 521-8127. Reservations due by April 1st.

April 26 - Augustana Founders Day Reunion celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod and 165th anniversary of the Andover congregation. Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Gary Wollersheim will preach at the morning service. Following a noon lunch, there will be guided tours of area historic sites and a concert by Augustana College Choir from Rock Island. The festive afternoon service will include a message by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. The Reunion will conclude with an evening dinner. Please see April 25th for more events. To register please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/reunion_2015/registration.html or call (309) 521-8127. Reservations due by April 1st.

April 28 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “Cemetery Art Symbolism” presented by Laurel Mellien at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

May

May 18 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Salisbury Steak, Mandarin Lettuce Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Roll, Strawberry Shortcake. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker will be Mr. Ron Fischer, The Bee Man of Orion who will speak on A Look Inside a Bee Hive – Past and Present at 12:15 p.m. With tasting. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, May 14th.

June

June 6 & 7 – Andover’s 180th Anniversary Festival at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites. Featuring Civil War reenactments, 7th annual antique lawn and tractor show, barn quilt show, food, contests, a cemetery walk at the Jenny Lind Chapel, and more. Please call (309) 476-8228 for more information.

June 15 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Fried Chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, and lemon meringue pie. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker Mr. Walter Lilius will speak on Henry Pope Grows Up in Moline at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, June 11th.

September

September 27 – Swedish Hogmassa Service at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover. At this service the liturgy is in Swedish and the sermon in English. Light refreshments will be served following the service. The Jenny Lind Chapel is located at 6th and Oak Streets in Andover, IL. For more information please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/brochure.html or call (309) 521-8127.

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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