Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

July

July 3 – Free concert at the Gazebo in Port Byron. “Baby Blues Fest” will be along the Mississippi River starting at 6:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a Blues history workshop in the River Valley District Library located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and open to all.

July 8 – Port Byron Historical Society will meet at the River Valley District Library,  214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Kurt Kelley will present “Rare and Interesting Civil War Artifacts” at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served.

July 11 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

July 12 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

July 15 – Music on the Lawn featuring Will Hale & The Tadpole Parade will perform at the Deere-Wiman House at 6:30 p.m. This outdoor event is open to the public with no fee. Bring a picnic, chairs, and blankets. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

July 18 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

July 19 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

July 25 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

July 26 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

July 26 – Wendy Hammen in a historical presentation as Agatha Beiderbecke “Remembering Bickie” at the German American Heritage Center. This portrayal focuses on Bix’s  mother as she recalls his childhood and youth in Davenport. Admission fees $5/Adult, $4/Senior, and $3/youth. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in lot behind the museum. For more information email Kelly.lao@gahc.org or visit www.gahc.org.

July 27 – The River Valley 150th Anniversary FINAL Civil Wary Roundtable meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL to recap highlights of the Civil War and end 50 months of Civil War Roundtable discussions. Everyone is invited to attend.

July 28 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program presented by Bill Hannan “Looking for Black Hawk or Someone Like Him”. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

July 30 – Bix Porch Party at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch from 11:00 – 1:00. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Come here live music and get ready for a weekend of jazz. Feel free to bring chairs or blankets. This event is free and open to all.

July 30 – Opening Day Ceremony for “The Wall That Heals” at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Field on the Rock Island Arsenal. This half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and includes a Mobile Museum Display. The exhibit will be on display through August 3, 2015.

August

August 1 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 2 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 2 – “Zeitgeist Concert and Reception” at the German American Heritage Center as the Locust Street Boys start off the event at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. Buck Henri and Bruce Walters will share comments on their works and inspirations they have found in the Bix story. This is part of the “Zeitgeist: Bix Beiderbecke and the Spirit of His Time” exhibit at the Center from July 5 – August 30. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society is a partner in this event. Seating is limited. $5 tickets for all seats may be purchased in advance at the German American Heritage Center. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking is in the lot behind the museum. For more information please contact kelly.lao@gahc.org visit www.gahc.org.

August 8 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 9 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 15 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 16 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 23 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 25– Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Richard Harwood will present “Australia Travel Log”. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

August 30 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

September

September 22 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. “Local Civil War Monument Restoration” presented by Lt. Ericisson. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

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.

October

October 27 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. KeeKee Pregracke will present “Chad Pregracke’s Living Lands and Water”. The Butterworth Education Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

November

November 10 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served at 6:00 p.m. at the Quad Cities Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. Program will be “Hell at Midnight in Davenport” presented by Karen R. Alexander. Please visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html to make a reservation.

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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