Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

September

 

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

September 24:   River Action will be having a fundraiser to benefit the Museum Without Walls, a collection of historical sites in the Quad City area. It will be held  at the Antoine LeClaire House, 630 E. Seventh Street, Davenport. The grounds are open from 1-7 p.m. Menu options and a reservation sign up link is at www.riveraction.org/firstbridge, or call 563-322-2969.

September 30 – 7 p.m. Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House! An event sponsored by the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation at Arsenal Island.  Spooky stories will be shared and refreshments will be sold. Complimentary tours of the house offered starting at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

October

October 1st – 3 – 8 p.m. Genealogy Night at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, Davenport Public Library, 321 Main Street. Enjoy an afternoon/evening of research and food for $10 per person. Enter at the 4th Street Door at 3:00. Food is served between 5 – 6 p.m. The Special Collections Center is available to you until 8 p.m. with staff members eager to assist you. Access to subscription databases, computers, microfilmed newspapers and vital records for research. Large tables for you to spread out and organize. Bring a flash drive and save digitally! Special Collections is open for you! Registration recommended – call 563-326-7902!

October 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs.This month, learn what new resources are available in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center.

October 5 – The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 5th 2017, in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu will be a Soup, Salad and Sandwich Buffet, featuring fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee, tea and water, prepared by the Golf Club Kitchen, all for $11.00, including tax and tip. Please have your check or cash ready to give to Dick Hochstetler or Linda Miller when you arrive.

Our event is open to members and non-members. Interested parties may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 PM at no cost. Guest speaker will be Mr. John Snow, Director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Rock Island. He will provide information about the benefactor of the museum, Dr. David Karpeles and his family, as well as providing a history of why he started his museums, where he began, and details of his museums around the country.

For reservations call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 2nd. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. If further clarification is required on this notice, please call Kris Leinicke at (309)-782-3518.

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 20 – 3 p.m.Post-Impressionist: Vincent van Gogh’s Gardens                        Carol Ehlers will present a 60 minute talk showing Vincent van Gogh images to gain insights into the stages of his career. 

October 24 – Local History Book Club at 7 p.m.
Location TBD
Book – A Brief History of Bucktown by Jonathan Turner

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 8:  WWI Lecture Series  “Mobilization and Training of the U.S. Army”                         2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

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 11 –  1:30 – 4 p.m. Veteran’s Day at the Colonel Davenport House
See this historic property on Arsenal Island! Admission is $1.00 for adults/seniors. Kids 12 and younger and active and retired military are free. George Davenport served in the U.S. Army in the early 1800s to 1815. He came to this area as an Army supplier in 1816 to establish Ft. Armstrong.

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

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  

December TBD – Christmas Tea at Quarters One sponsored by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation

2018

January 10:  WWI Lecture Series  “Rock Island Arsenal during WWI”                                              2:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch and 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch

March 14:  WWI Lecture Series  “Trench Warfare”                                                                                   2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

May 9:  WWI Lecture Series  “Gas Attacks”                                                                                                2:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch and 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch

July 11:  WWI Lecture Series  “Battles of Cantigny/St. Mihiel”                                                               2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

September 12:  WWI Lecture Series  “Battle of the Meuse-Argonne”                                                         2:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch and 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch

November 14:  WWI Lecture Series  “Armistice, the Russian Expedition, and Occupation of Germany”                                                                                                                                                                    2:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch and 6:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch

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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