Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2014

October

October 2 – The Rock Island Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street on the Rock Island Arsenal. The menu for dinner is Plantation Salad, Roasted Top Sirloin with Natural Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Medley of Vegetables, and Chocolate Vanilla Parfait, all for $14.00/person including tip. This event is open to both members and non-members. Interested persons may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. Guest speaker will be Angie Snook, Executive Director of the Geneseo Historical Museum, who will speak on”The Orphan Train”. Reservations are required. Please call Monica (563) 650-4 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email Linda at chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, September 29th. To cancel reservations the deadline is noon on September 29th. After that date, individuals are responsible to pay for the meals reserved. For further information, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. When entering the Rock Island Arsenal, individuals 16 and older must have a United States photo I.D. present. Please tell the guard you are attending an event at the Clubhouse. The Davenport Gate is closed during this time so please use the Rock Island or Moline gates to enter the island.

October 6 – Scott County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch. The speaker will be Amy Groskopf, Assistant Director of the Davenport Library and Jessica Mirasol, Special Collections Supervisor. They will speak on “What’s New at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center.” The Main Street library is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. The meeting will be held in the Film Road on the lower level. Everyone is welcome to attend.

October 8 – The musical group “Just for Fun” will entertain at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

October 9 – Jeana Schantz will speak on Aviatrixes of the local area at the Gilbert/Lillienthal rooms at the Bettendorf Public Library at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Scott County Historical Preservation Society (SCHPS) and the Bettendorf Public Library. The library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf.

October 11 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – Military Records Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

October 12 – Schleswig – Holstein: The Danish Angle Genealogy Workshop at the German American Heritage Center. Taught by Michele McNabb. 12:30 – 2:00 – Danish or German? – Researching Ancestors from Schleswig/Slesvig. 2:15 – 3:45 – Under Sail & Steam: Emigration from Denmark and Schleswig – Holstein. Pre-Registration & pre-payment required by October 8th. $20/member. $25/non-members.The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind building. For more information or to register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email kelly.lao.gahc.org. For more information please visit www.gahc.org.

October 17 – Evenings at Butterworth will present at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. World-Class Physical Culture on a One Dollar Investment by Dr. Ed Thomas. This visual presentation explores the unique opportunities for the Quad Cities to regain its leading role in classical physical exercise. From 1885 – 1920 this are was a national leader in physical training from the Turner Society to Turnvereine gymnastics.  This is a unique opportunity as Dr. Thomas does not speak in public venues on a regular basis. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. There is no charge for admission. Refreshments to follow the presentations. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

October 18 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy classes 2014 – “Continuing Your Research with Online Resources”. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Educational Center, 701 – 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Cost is $7/class or $30 for all five classes. Free for RICIGS members. Classes held June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Pre-registration per class is required due to limited seating. Please call Linda Polich (309) 236-1985 or Lorraine Hathaway (309) 787-1826 for more information or to register.

October 18 – 25th Annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture on Immigration History featuring speaker Dr. Philip J. Anderson, professor emeritus of church history at North Park Seminary in Chicago. Dr. Anderson will speak on “Voluntary Religion and the Swedish Immigrant Experience.” The event will be held at 7″00 p.m. in Room 102 Hanson Hall of Science on the Augustana College campus. It is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. Park in Faculty/Staff Lot H or on 7th Avenue. There are a few handicap spaces nearby on 35th Street. Please contact the Swenson Center at (309) 794-7204 or email sag@augustana.edu for more information.

October 19 – A Glimpse Behind the Wall: Art in East Germany led by April A. Eisman, Associate Professor of Art History at Iowa State University at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Learn about the history of art produced behind the Iron Curtain. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. Admission is $5/adult, $4/Senior, $3/Child (5-17) and free for GAHC members. Please visit www.gahc.org, email kelly.lao@gahc.org, or call (563) 322-8844 for more information. This event is made possible by HJ Dane Law Offices and the German Consulate.

October 25 – Historical/Geographical Walking Tour of Downtown Moline from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Starting on the shore of the Mississippi River at 15th Street (just east of TGI Fridays). This leisurely walk led by Curt Roseman will trace the evolution of downtown Moline business district from its first establishment in 1841 to the present. The tour ends at the LeClaire Hotel. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. Please email croseman@usc.edu with questions.

October 28 – Rock Island Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “Family Traditions – Keep Your Heritage Alive” presented by Linda Polich. The society meets at the Butterworth Education Center – 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html.

November 

November 1 – Stories from the Wall: A community round table discussion led by Nick Pitz and Michael Hustedde at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Come share your memories and experiences of the Berlin Wall or learn from those who were there. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking is in the lot behind the museum. $5/Adult, $4/Senior, $3/Child (5-17), free for GAHC members. For more information please email kelly.lao@gahc.org, visit www.gahc.org, or call (563) 322-8844.

November 2 – ’48ers: A Program on the 1848 revolutions in Germany by Dr. Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Learn about this unique group of individuals who emigrated from Europe in the late 1840s and early 1850s after fighting unsuccessfully with both pen and sword for liberty, democracy, and national unity. Many immigrated to Scott County, Iowa and introduced their beliefs and intellectual ideas into the state of Iowa. Admission $5/Adult, $4/Senior, $3/Child, and free for GAHC members. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org.

November 3 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society  Annual Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 702 W. 35th Street, Davenport. Registration is required for dinner. At 7:00 p.m. Brian “Fox” Ellis will perform “Portrayal of Steamboat Captain Henry Detweiller”. More information to be announced.

November 6 – The Rock Island Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street on the Rock Island Arsenal. The menu for dinner is Mixed Green Salad with Dried Fruits and a Cranberry Vinaigrette, Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans with Pumpkin Pie for dessert. All dinners include rolls, bread sticks, coffee, tea, and water.  The total cost is $14.00/person including tip and tax. This event is open to both members and non-members. Interested persons may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. Guest speaker will be Drew Horvath discussing some of the historic efforts that have been conducted by an organization in the Department of Defense called JPAC (formally CILHI). This joint unit deploys small teams all over the world as part of its mission to locate, recover, identify unaccounted-for Americans from our nations past conflicts. Reservations are required. Please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email Linda at chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, November 3rd. To cancel reservations the deadline is noon on November 3rd. After that time, individuals are responsible to pay for the meals reserved. For further information, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. When entering the Rock Island Arsenal, individuals 16 and older must have a United States photo I.D. present. Please tell the guard you are attending an event at the Clubhouse. The Davenport Gate is closed during this time so please use the Rock Island or Moline gates to enter the island.

November 7 - Sweet Plantain will perform at Fridays at the Deere-Wiman House at 3:00 p.m. This string quartet fuses western classical traditions with hip-hop, jazz, and Latin rhythms. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. Admission is free with refreshments following. This series is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation and the Quad Cities Arts Visiting Artist Series. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

November 8 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – Passenger Lists Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

November 8 – Gingerbread & Paper craft Workshops with Connie from House on the Hill at the German American Heritage Center. Paper casting with Springerle molds to make holiday cards workshop from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Each participant will make one holiday card. Gingerbread baking workshop using mold techniques from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Both classes require pre-registration. Each workshop is $20 for GAHC members and $25 for non-members. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. To register please call (563) 322-8844. Visit www.gahc.org or email kelly.lao@gahc.org for more information. To see Connie’s work please visit http://houseonthehill.net/.

November 10 - Rock Island Illinois Genealogical Society annual dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Quad City Botanical Center located at 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html.

November 12 – Ralph Troll will speak on the Holocaust at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

November 14 – Historian Jeff Mishur will present Art of Sport: Paintings and Sculptures of Athletes in Action at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. This slide lecture will cover 5th Century BCE up through the modernist period. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. There is no charge for admission. Refreshments follow. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

November 16 – Dr. Bill Roba will present Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Border at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Join Scott Community College Professor Dr. Roba speak on the region’s history and major impact on immigration to Iowa. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building. This program is supported by Humanities Iowa. For more information please contact (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org.

November 23 – George Eaton, ASC historian from the Rock Island Arsenal will speak on The World War I Christmas Truce of 1914: A Military Perspective at 2:00 p.m. the German American Heritage Center located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. parking is in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org.

December

December 6 – The Gold Coast 2014 High Tea with one seating at 11:30 a.m. at the Henry Frahm/Dr. Carl Matthey house located at 321 W. 6th Street, Davenport. The cost is $35/person Early Bird pricing through October 25, 2014, also for Red Hat Members and +60 Members. For other participants, the price is $40. For more information or reservations please go to www.davenportgoldcoast.org or email pjs312@q.com.

December 6 – Andover Christmas Walk in Andover, IL from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. This family festive event includes the Jenny Lind Chapel located at 6th and Oak Streets in Andover.

December 7 – Zither Holiday Music & Peace Candle Ceremony featuring Kurt von Eckroth & Jeff Palenik with guests from Wisconsin and the German American Heritage Center’s Davenport Zither Ensemble. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 2363 West 3rd Street, Davenport at 2:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5. For more information please visit www.gahc.org.

December 7 – 19th Century Christmas at the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. This festive and fun event is filled with traditional family activities. Join us for holiday decorations and family crafts at the Butterworth Center, 1105 – 8th Street, and the Deere-Wiman House, 817 – 11th Avenue, in Moline, IL. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.  

December 10 – 44th Annual Joy of Christmas Walk with Augustana College at 7:30 p.m. This event starts at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 628 6th Street in Andover, IL and ends at the candle-lit historic Jenny Lind Chapel at 6th and Oak Streets. Students and faculty from Augustana College add music to the event. For more information please contact (309) 521-8127 or visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/index.html.

December 13 – The German American Heritage Center Bus Trip to see The Christmas Schooner Musical in Chicago at the Mercury Theater. The bus will leave at 7:00 a.m. Lunch on your own at Water Tower Place. 3:00 p.m. Matinee performance. Depart Chicago at 5:30 with dinner at your cost en route. Tickets $100/GAHC member or $115/non-member. Registration by November 15th. To register or more information please call (563) 322-8844.

December 25 – 164th Annual Julotta at Augustana Church at 6:30 a.m. The choir anthem is in Swedish and the sermon in English. Augustana Church is located at 328 6th Street in Andover, IL. Please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/index.html for more information.

2015

January

January 14 – Lawrence Bay will speak on “It Started in the Quad Cities: Sliced Bread, Chiropractic Medicine, Innovations in Farm and Construction Equipment, and more.” at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

February

February 11 - Outgoing President Lawrence Bay will speak program highlights over the past two years at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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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