Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

July

 

July 24, 2017  the Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archive will officially open to the public from 10-5 p.m.  Located in the historic Red Stone Building, the home of the River Music Experience at the corner of Main and Second Streets, the Museum will be two short blocks from the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport, Iowa—an area the young Bix knew well.

Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students, free for kids 12 and under. For more information, go to the musuem website at http://www.bixmuseum.org/  

July 30 – Quarters One on Arsenal Island Opens for Public Tours  

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) opens the historic Quarters One mansion to the public for guided tours on Sunday, July 30, 2017 beginning promptly at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m.  The tour costs $10 per person.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Active military can attend for free, but must still register.  Tour size will be limited.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.davenporthouse.org or by phone at 309-737-4280.

The Rock Island Arsenal is an active military installation.  This tour has been declared a Special Event so guests may enter Arsenal Island with their U.S. picture ID at any gate.  Simply tell the guard you are going to Quarters One.

August

August 3:  Bix Porch Party at The Library – Main Street

August 3  1:00 Brendan Wolfe, author of Finding Bix:  The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz  Legend, will participate in a Meet & Greet and book signing at The Library – Main Street at the conclusion of the Bix Porch Party. The event will be in the Large Meeting Room – Lower Level. 

August 5 – August 12       Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.                                                                         Summer Walking Tours of Davenport’s 3rd Street Historic District led by the German American Heritage Center. $5            http://www.gahc.org/WalkingTours.htm 

August 7:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. The August program focuses on Colonel George Davenport. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for more information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com 

August 12  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                           “Hidden Things in the Census”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                 4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net               The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

August 19 – RICIGS Genealogy Skill-Building Workshop:  Genealogy Software, Online Research, DNA testing, Vital Records                                                 1-4 p.m. Butterworth Educational Center    First of 3 classes. $10 non-members or $25 for all three. Registration deadline August. 1, 2017.             www.ricigs.org for listing of classes and programs

August 26 – Bishop Hill Chautauqua – Agriculture    Location:  Village Park  1-4 p.m.                       Re-enactors portray famous historical figures, bringing the past to life through their stories. Free and family oriented.    www.bishophill.com

September

September 9  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Institutional Records”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                               4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net              The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

September 9 – RICIGS Genealogy Skill-Building Workshop:  Immigration/Naturalization Records, Land Records, Federal & State Census, City Directories, Military Records, Wills & Probates                  1-4 p.m. Butterworth Educational Center    Second of 3 classes. $10 non-members or $25 for all three. Registration deadline August. 1, 2017.            www.ricigs.org for listing of classes and programs

 September 11:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (exception due to Labor Day holiday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

September 23 & 24:  Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna at Bishop Hill, IL. 10 – 5 p.m.            Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew and more!   www.bishophill.com

October

October 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

October 14  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Naturalization”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                                           4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net              The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

October 14 – RICIGS Genealogy Skill-Building Workshop:  How to write and publish your family history, create a timeline, write your life story, with tools to help you get started!                                    1-4 p.m. Butterworth Educational Center    Third of 3 classes. $10 non-members or $25 for all three. Registration deadline August. 1, 2017.            www.ricigs.org for listing of classes and programs

October 27 & 28 – Illinois State Genealogical Society – Fall Conference  “Build your Family Tree:  DNA, Research, and Writing”   iWireless Center   Moline, IL    http://www.ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=536  

November

November 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.

November 11  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Canadian Research”       10:30-11:30 a.m.                                                                                                   4929 Wisconsin Ave Davenport IA 52806     563-386-7547      IA_Davenport@ldsmail.net               The entrance is located on the South side of the building.                                                                       There is a handicap ramp located at this entrance.

November 24, 25, 26 and December 2 & 3:  Christmas Market – Julmarknad at Bishop Hill, IL   10 – 5 p.m.   Swedish traditions come alive with folk characters causing mischief through the village. Music and food! Shops filled with handmade items, antiques, folk art and other gift items.  www.bishophill.com

December 8 & 9:  Lucia Nights – Festival of Lights at Bishop Hill, IL    6 – 9 p.m.                         Coffee and sweet items served in shops and museums by young girls dressed as St. Lucia. Musical entertainment fills the air.   www.bishophill.com  

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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