Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2016

November

November 3 – The Rock Island Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse. The menu will be a Soup, Salad and Sandwich Buffet, featuring fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee tea, and water. The meal will be prepared by the Golf Club Kitchen at a cost of $11.00 per person, including tax and tip. This event is open to both 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 Mr. Michael Schmidt, retired history and theater teacher. Mr. Schmidt has also been active for many years with Quad City Music Guild as a member, director, actor, and many other aspects of the organization. HIs presentation will be “The Anomalies of the Lincoln Assassination”. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 31st. Cancellations must also be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. Please use the Moline gate to enter the Arsenal. Please visit www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/ for the most recent information on gaining access to the Arsenal. For more information or questions, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. Anyone interested may attend.

November 5 – “A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s infamous district transformed” will be presented by author Jonathan Turner at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Mr. Turner will also be available to sign his new book by the same name at the presentation. This neighborhood in downtown Davenport was once home to beer gardens, the Burtis Opera House, saloons, theaters, and numerous brothels. Post-World War II it found itself home to many departments stores before the economic crises of the 1980s. Re-investment in the neighborhood over the past decade has brought back new businesses. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.  The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. Second Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building. For more information, please call (563) 322-8844, visit www.gahc.org, or the German American Heritage Center page on Facebook.

November 7 – The Scott County Genealogical Society (SCIGS) Annual Dinner and meeting. This event will be held at the American Legion Hall in Davenport. Ellis Kell will provide the entertainment. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com. Everyone is invited to attend. Reservations are required.

November 7 – The amazing voice of contemporary music, Kavita Shah, will be featured at Music at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Shah is a singer, composer, and arranger of jazz based music. Traditional Indian tablas and West African kora are also part of her repertoire. This event is part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad City Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served after. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2700.

November 10 – The Rock Island County Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. This meeting will take place at Jake O’s Grill at 2900 Blackhawk Road, Rock Island, IL. The presentation will be “White House Weddings & Presidential Marriages” by Tom Emery. Please visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html for more details.

November 12 – Lecture on the Colonel Davenport House at 2:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch.This lecture will explore the history of this site. The Main Street branch of the Davenport Public Library is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. This event is open to all and there is no fee.

November 14 – Dick Sayles from the Quad City Audubon Society will present Feeding the Birds at 6:30 p.m. at the Moline Public Library. Mr. Sayles will provide tips on attracting and feeding birds in conjunction with the exhibit of the works of John James Audubon. The prints are part of the Butterworth Foundation collection. The Moline Public Library is located at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL. This event is free and open to the public.

November 17 – Kavita Shah will perform at the “Music at Butterworth Center” event at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Shah is known for her jazz-based repertoire. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments following. The William Butterworth Foundation and the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series funded the event. 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

December

December 1 – The Rock Island Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse. The menu will be a tossed salad with celery, roasted onions, toasted pumpkin seeds with Dijon vinaigrette and bread sticks; roasted sirloin; mashed potatoes and gravy; buttered corn; rolls; and dessert along with coffee tea, and water. The meal will be prepared by the Golf Club Kitchen at a cost of $15.00 per person, including tax and tip. Please have your checks or cash ready to give to Dick Hochstetler or Linda Miller when you arrive. This event is open to both 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 Mr. Tom Chateau, kaleidoscope craftsman and creator of larger than life kaleidoscopes. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, November 28th. Cancellations must also be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. Please use the Moline gate to enter the Arsenal. Please visit www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/ for the most recent information on gaining access to the Arsenal. For more information or questions, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. Anyone interested may attend.

December 4 – 19th Century Christmas at the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Come visit these historic homes decorated for the holidays. Activities include a visit from Santa Claus, performance by the Moline Boys Choir, face painting, caricature artist, art show, children’s make and take crafts, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street and the Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 – 11th Avenue, both in Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 programs at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-7200.

December 4 – Preview unedited footage from the restoration process of the 11-foot stained glass window at Butterworth Center with video narration from the artists in charge of the project. This is a collaborative effort between local artists and students of the Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities. Butterworth Program Director Gretchen Small  will provide historical background on the Butterworth family and the window itself. The video will be shown between 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. during the 19th Century Christmas event. There is no charge for admission and is open to the public. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street and the Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 – 11th Avenue, both in Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 programs at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-7200.

December 5 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (SCIGS) meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. Theresa Liewer from the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines will be the guest speaker. Her presentation will be on Immigration. The meeting will be held in the large meeting room in the lower level of the library (formerly the Film Room). The Main Street branch of the Davenport Public Library is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. This event is open to all and there is no fee. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com.

December 7 – Singer-songwriter and violinist, J. M. James, will be featured at Music at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. His music has been described as ranging from contemporary to folk to R&B. This event is part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad City Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served after. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 programs at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-7200.

2017

January 

February

February 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (SCIGS) meeting at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mike Thomas who will discuss “Genealogy is More Than Just Vital Records”. The meeting will be held in the Large Meeting Room on the Lower Level. The Main Street branch of the Davenport Public Library is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot on the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. This even is open to all and there is no fee. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com.

March

March 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society (SCIGS) meeting at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch at 7:00 p.m. The program will focus on video clips of Lisa Louise Cook who will be the Key Note Speaker at the upcoming genealogical annual conference in April. The meeting will be held in the Large Meeting Room on the Lower Level. The Main Street branch of the Davenport Public Library is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot on the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. This even is open to all and there is no fee. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.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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