Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2016

February

February 4 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner includes Garden salad, Top Sirloin with Mushroom Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Vegetable Medley, and Apple Cake for dessert. All dinners include rolls and breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00 including tip and tax. The 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. The Guest Speaker will be Dr. William Hampes, Professor Emeritus of Psychology/Sociology from Black Hawk College. His presentation will be focused on the Col. Davenport House. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon Monday, February 1, 2016. Cancellations must be made by the deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. If further information is needed, please contact, Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. Attention: As of December 1, 2015 there are new requirements for accessing the Rock Island Arsenal. Please visit http://www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/. Please visit www.army.mil/article/160963 for information on Illinois Driver’s Licenses and accessing the Arsenal. Please enter at the Moline Gate for the event.

February 6 – Scherenschnitte with Keith Bonnstetter at the German American Heritage Center. Come learn the art of German paper cutting. Session 1 – 12:30 – 1:30. Session 2 – 2:00 – 3:00. $15/GAHC members and $20/non-members. $25 for GAHC members who would like to sign up for both sessions! This event requires pre-registration and pre-payment. To register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

February 8 – Scott County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. the LDS Church, 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Anyone with an interest in attending is invited. This event is free and open to the public.

February 15 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “No Small Sacrifice: Military Life at Fort Armstrong” with speaker Jena Schantz at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Spaghetti and meatballs, Oriental cole slaw, green beans, bread sticks, and cherry pie. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

February 20 – Bauernmalerei Folk art painting with Jeanne Elliott at the German American Heritage Center from 1:00 – 3:00. $15/GAHC members and $20/non-members. This event requires pre-registration and pre-payment. To register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

February 24 – At 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center will present “Grass between the Rails,” a history and song program about trains and their special place in the state of Iowa presented by Denny Rehder. This presentation is in conjunction with the new exhibit on trains located in the museum. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the rear of the museum. For more information, please call (563) 322-8844, email Kelly.lao@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

February 27 – Felted Eggs with Gisela McDonald at the German American Heritage Center from 1:00 – 3:00.  $15/GAHC members and $20/non-members. This event requires pre-registration and pre-payment. To register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

March

March 5 – Pysanky Egg Decorating with the Eggheads at the German American Heritage Center from 1:00 – 4:00.  $20/GAHC members and $25/non-members. This event requires pre-registration and pre-payment. To register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

March 12 – Easter Baskets with Tracy Welch at the German American Heritage Center from 1:00 – 3:00.  $15/GAHC members and $40/non-members. This event requires pre-registration and pre-payment. To register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

March 18 – Farnam Dinner focusing on the 200th Anniversary of Fort Armstrong/Rock Island Arsenal. Kris Leinicke, Rock Island Arsenal Museum, will speak on the Centennial Celebration of the fort held in 1916. The main speaker will be Dr. Samuel Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Watson will speak on the Army presence at Fort Armstrong, its local, regional, and national impact not only in warfare, but also in creating stability for the expansion of trade. Tickets are $40/person, or a reserved table of 10 for $375. The cash bar, viewing of displays, and raffle ticket sales begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the program at 7:30. The deadline for reservations is March 10. The event will be held at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. For further information, please visit www.riveraction.org, email croseman@usc.edu, or call Curtis C. Roseman at (309) 764-6122.

March 19 – Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair at the German American Heritage Center from 10:00 – 2:00.  This event is free to attend. Please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org to become a vendor. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

March 20 – At 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center will present “US Railroad Operations during World War I,” by Dr. Rudy Daniels of Sioux City. The program will focus on the story of American railroads in France during the battle for democracy. This presentation is in conjunction with the new exhibit on trains located in the museum. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the rear of the museum. For more information, please call (563) 322-8844, email Kelly.lao@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

March 21 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Legends of Moline” with speaker Dave Coopman, author and storyteller, at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Beef stroganoff, egg noodles, lime jello or Watergate salad, green peas, rolls, and grasshopper (mint chocolate) pie. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

April

April 18 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Plans for the New I-74 Bridge” with speaker Doug Rick, IDOT,at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Rolls & Butter, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

May

May 16 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Scheutzen Park” with speaker Maureen Steenback at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Salisbury Steak, Mandarin lettuce salad, scalloped potatoes, corn roll, Strawberry Shortcake. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

June

June 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Novelty Songs and Favorite Tunes” with speaker Larry Minard, Teacher and Radio Enthusiast, at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, and lemon meringue pie. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

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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