Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2016

May

May 1 – “German Author Karl May” presented by WIU History Professor Ute Chamberlain at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Come and learn about the German author best known for his adventurous Westerns. The German American Heritage 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.

May 2 – Scott County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch. The presentation will be on “Caring for Your Treasures” presented by a member of the Putnam Museum staff. This program will offer hands-on learning in how to care for your treasures at home. The Davenport Public Library –  Main Street branch is located at 321 N. Main Street in Davenport with parking around the building or in the parking lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. The large meeting room is on the lower level and was formerly called the Film Room. Please contact scigscorsec@yahoo.com, specialcollections@davenportlibrary.com, or call (563) 326-7902 with questions. This even is free and open to the public.

May 5 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be garden salad, chicken parmesan with buttered pasta, green beans, and fruit parfait for dessert. All will be prepared by the Golf Course Kitchen. Dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00 including tax and tip. Please have your check or cash ready to give to Dick Hochstetler or Linda Miller when you arrive. Interested parties may choose to attend the presentation part of the meeting only at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. The presentation will be by Scott Lamb, Director of the National Cemetery on the Rock Island Arsenal. Mr. Lamb will speak on the history of the cemetery. He will also discuss Veterans information and spousal benefits. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Members and non-members are welcome. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, May 2nd. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred. If further information is needed, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. As of December 1, 2015 new requirements have been added for accessing the Rock Island Arsenal. Please go to http://www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/. For information regarding the use of Illinois Driver’s License to obtain a pass/permit please visit http://www.army.mil./article/160963. Please note: An Illinois Driver’s License if acceptable to use with a pass if you already have a pass issued before the current Department of Defense guidance concerning Illinois driver’s licenses. Visitors are asked to use the Moline Gate.

May 9 – “The Shia – Sunni Conflict” presented by Professor and Historian Art Pitz at 6:30 p.m. at the Bettendorf Public Library. This is part of a four-part lecture series on the Middle East that will be held at the Davenport and Bettendorf Public Libraries in April and May. This is the second in the series. Please see April 25, May 16, and May 23 for information and locations of the other lectures. The Bettendorf Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. This lecture is geared towards adults. All of the lectures are free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, please call (563) 344-4175.

May 14 – Forget-Me-Not: Victorian Day at Oakdale Memorial Gardens. The topic this year is Founders & Builders. Step into the past as Oakdale Memorial Gardens celebrates its 160th Anniversary. This year’s event will feature some of the founders of Oakdale as well as those who played key parts in designing and building the cemetery and the City of Davenport. Tours include guided tours of the grounds, first-hand accounts of the past as told by Oakdale “residents”, and live period music. This is a family friendly event. All proceeds go into the general fund to assist with the maintenance and preservation of the grounds. Guests are asked to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen. The tour route is one-mile, mainly on paved roads (including gravel). Parking is free. There is no rain date. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tours are from noon – 5:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m. Adults $5, Children 12 and under – Free. Oakdale Memorial Gardens is located at 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport. For more information please contact Deb Williams at (563) 324-5121 or oakdaleomg@ail.com.

May 16 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Scheutzen Park” with speaker Maureen Steenback at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Salisbury Steak, Mandarin lettuce salad, scalloped potatoes, corn roll, Strawberry Shortcake. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

May 16 – “Failed States of the Middle East” presented by Professor and Historian Art Pitz at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch. This is part of a four-part lecture series on the Middle East that will be held at the Davenport and Bettendorf Public Libraries in April and May. This is the third in the series. Please see April 25, May 9, and May 23 for information and locations of the other lectures. The Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue, Davenport. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. This lecture is geared towards adults. All of the lectures are free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, please call (563) 326-7832.

May 20 – Historic Goose Hollow Civil War/Civil Rights Explorations with Charles Pearson. 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation. 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Goose Hollow Bus Tour – Get on the Bus Civil Rights Tour. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Goose Hollow Soul Food Friday.

May 22 – Presentation of WHD Koerner and His Art of the Old West by Mike Kearney at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Come learn about Koerner who was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and immigrated to Clinton, Iowa as a child. He became a noted illustrator of the American West. Funding for this presentation has been provided by Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Regional Development Authority. For more information on this program, please call (563) 322-8844, email Kelly Lao at Kelly.lao@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street in Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum.

May 23 – “A Country Profile: Israel” presented by Professor and Historian Art Pitz at 6:30 p.m. at the Bettendorf Public Library. This is part of a four-part lecture series on the Middle East that will be held at the Davenport and Bettendorf Public Libraries in April and May. This is the last in the series. Please see April 25, May 9, and May 16 for information and locations of the other lectures. The Bettendorf Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. The series is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. This lecture is geared towards adults. All of the lectures are free and open to the public with no registration required. For more information, please call (563) 344-4175.

May 28 – 30  – Open House at City Cemetery from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Sexton’s Cottage will be open and staffed with volunteers during Memorial Day Weekend. The cemetery is located at 1625 Rockingham Road and is the oldest cemetery in Scott County. For more information, please contact Kory Darnall at (563) 449-2358.

June

June 2 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be garden salad, roasted pork with natural gravy, new potatoes, vegetable medley, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. All will be prepared by the Golf Course Kitchen. Dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00 including tax and tip. Please have your check or cash ready to give to Dick Hochstetler or Linda Miller when you arrive. Interested parties may choose to attend the presentation part of the meeting only at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. The presentation will be by Faye Waterman, a senior gardener with the State of Iowa. She will present a program about the historical plantings at the time of Col. Davenport. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Members and non-members are welcome. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, May 30th. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred. If further information is needed, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. As of December 1, 2015 new requirements have been added for accessing the Rock Island Arsenal. Please go to http://www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/. For information regarding the use of Illinois Driver’s License to obtain a pass/permit please visit http://www.army.mil./article/160963. Please note: An Illinois Driver’s License if acceptable to use with a pass if you already have a pass issued before the current Department of Defense guidance concerning Illinois driver’s licenses. Visitors are asked to use the Moline Gate.

June 3 – “Let’s  Talk About Your Quilt” presentation at the German American Heritage Center at 10:00 a.m. Professional Quilt Appraiser Valorie Bonk and AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Charleen Richtsmeier will lead a roundtable quilt discussion. Come learn how to tell the age of your quilt, how it was made, and discover interesting mysteries that make each quilt unique. Bring your own quilt to show. Following the roundtable Ms. Bonk and Ms. Richtsmeier will take appointments to appraise quilts. Each appraisal will take 45 minutes with a $40 fee paid at the time of the appointment which includes a written appraisal and a legal document. Appointments will run from 12:00 – 6:30 p.m. Call (563) 322-8844 to schedule your appointment. There is no fee to attend the 10:00 a.m. roundtable discussion. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street with parking in the rear of the building. For more information, please call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org.

June 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Novelty Songs and Favorite Tunes” with speaker Larry Minard, Teacher and Radio Enthusiast, at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, and lemon meringue pie. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

July

August

August 6 – The Annual Bix Concert at Oakdale Memorial Gardens at 10:00 a.m. Please remember to bring your lawn chairs or blanket. Oakdale Memorial Gardens is located at 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport. For more information, please call (563) 324-5121 or visit www.oakdalememorialgardens.org.

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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