Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

June

June 1 – Scott County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Film Room. Presentation on Identifying Old Photographs. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. The Film Room is located in the Lower Level and may be accessed by the elevator. This meeting is open to all persons interested.

June 4 – Bud Miller, author of Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator, will speak from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street during a Brown Bag Lunch. Come learn about Davenport’s famous early pilot. If desired, please bring a lunch. This event is free and open to the public. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. For more information please call (563) 326-7902, email specialcollections@davenportlibrary.com, or visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

June 4 – 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 Caesar salad, grilled chicken with fresh fruit salsa, grilled squash, roasted new potatoes, rolls, and strawberry shortcake. 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. William “Bill” Albracht, author of Abandoned in Hell. During the Vietnam War, Mr. Albracht, a commissioned officer in the Army’s Green Berets, was the recipient of three Silver Stars for gallantry in action, three Purple Hearts, five Bronze Stars, as well as other awards. Mr. Albracht will speak on his Vietnam War experience and his book. This is 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, May 31, 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. The Davenport gate will be closed, but the Rock Island and Moline gates will be open. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

June 6 – 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.

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 10 – Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Lon Rogers will display artifacts from “Port Byron’s Buried and Forgotten Treasures”.  The River Valley District Library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Refreshments served. Everyone is invited to attend.

June 10 – Summer lawn concert at Deere-Wiman House featuring Dave Rudolf. Starting at 6:30 p.m. this concert will be a favorite for kids and parents. This event is open to the public with no charge. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs with a picnic supper. In case of rain the event will be in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

June 13 – As part of Museum Week a special guided tours will be given of the tunnel connecting the historic Deere-Wiman House to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. This tunnel has never been open to the public. The tour is limited to the basement and tunnel. Visitors must be able to use stairs and a ramp. Tours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.qcmuseumweek.com, www.butterworthcenter.com, or call (309) 743-2701.

June 13 – 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.

June 13 & 14 – Pioneer Days and Buckskinners Rendezvous at Colonel Davenport House. 10:00 – 5:00 on Saturday and 12:00 – 4:00 on Sunday. Fur Trade Re-Enactors, Hatchet and Knife Throwing, Pioneer Craft Demonstrators, Historical Re-Enactors, Activities and Demonstrations, Face Painting and Hair Braiding, Tours of the House, Dickey’s BBQ and Stan’s Ice Cream. Admission is $10 Adults (13 and older) and 12 and younger free. All visitors 16 and older need to have photo I.D. to enter the Rock Island Arsenal. For more information please visit www.davenporthouse.org.

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.

June 20 – As part of Museum Week a special guided tours will be given of the tunnel connecting the historic Deere-Wiman House to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. This tunnel has never been open to the public. Tour limited to basement and tunnel. Visitors must be able to use stairs and a ramp. Tours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.qcmuseumweek.com, www.butterworthcenter.com, or call (309) 743-2701.

June 20 – 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.

June 22 – The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil Wary Roundtable meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL to discuss Reconstruction including the Freedmen’s Bureau, the Ku Klux Klan, and the history of the south in the aftermath of the war. Everyone is invited to attend.

June 23 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Center Library located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

June 27 – 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.

June 28 – Blossoms at Butterworth from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House. This event is filled with old-fashioned family fun and projects. With the exception of food concessions, all activities and entertainment are free. Events include a craft tent, old-fashioned lawn games, Lionel train exhibit, live music, the beautiful gardens, and much, much more. The homes are located at 1105 8th Street and 817 11th Street, Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For a list of activities please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

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 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 to be announced. 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. This event is free and open to all.

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. Program to be announced. 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. Program to be announced. 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. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

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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