Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

January 

January 8 – Open House at the German American Heritage Center from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for this event. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information, please call (563) 32-8844, email ktd@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

January 8 – Join speaker Glenn Ehrstine at the German American Heritage Center for a presentation “German-Iowan Newspapers & the News of the Day, 1860 – 1920.” at 1:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free to this event. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information, please call (563) 32-8844, email ktd@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

January 8 –  Glenn Ehrstine will present “German Iowans and the Politics of Brewing” at the German American Heritage Center at 3:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Center. There is no charge for admission for this program. Light refreshments will be provided. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information, please call (563) 32-8844, email ktd@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

January 8 – Quad Cities Civil War Roundtable will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Lawrence Bay will speak on “George Custer in the Civil War”. Everyone is invited to attend this event. There is no admission fee. Refreshments will be served. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL.

January 15 – “Kuchen in the Cornfields: German Immigrant Women Finding Community in Iowa” presented by Jeannette Gabriel at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information, please call (563) 32-8844, email ktd@gahc.org, or visit www.gahc.org.

January 16 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Swiss Steak, tossed salad, mashed potatoes & gravy, fire roasted corn with peppers & onions, roll, and desserts. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mary Ann Wherry who will present “Bridges over the Mississippi”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

January 18 – At 6:30 p.m. the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, the Davenport Public Library, and St. Ambrose University will celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Poster Exhibition “Iowa, Bright Radical Star: The Historic Civil Rights Decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court, and Their Continuing Relevance Today” with special guest speaker Russell Lovell. This event is open to all. The event will take place at the Davenport Public Library – Main Library located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot on the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. For more information, please contact www.davenportlibrary.com or call (563) 326-7832.

January 28 – The State of Iowa Historical Research Center is holding a 160th Anniversary Open House from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The State Historical Society is holding its Open House at the SHSI Centennial Building in Iowa City with refreshments, music, and brief talks by prominent Iowa historians. The library will also be open for regular research that day as well. The building is located at 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City , IA. For more information, please check out our Facebook page.

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.

February 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Spaghetti and meatballs, Oriental cole slaw, green beans, bread sticks, and cherry pie. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. Norm Moline who will present “From Rock Island to St. Louis on a Barge Tow Boat”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Febrauary 16, 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

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.

March 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Beef stroganoff, egg noodles, lime jello or Watergate salad, green peas, rolls, and grasshopper (mint) pie. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Angie Snook who will present “The Orphan Train”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

April

April 17 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Rolls & Butter, and strawberry shortcake. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Deb Kuntzi who will present “Hauberg Mansion Civic Center Foundation”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

May

May 15 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Salisbury steak, mandarin lettuce salad, scalloped potatoes, corn, roll, and strawberry shortcake. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jane and Neil Luker from Fulton, IL who will present “Windmill Tales”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

June

June 19 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls, and lemon meringue pie. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. Guest speaker will be Don and Connie Patridge who will present “Advertising Tins”. The luncheon will be at Christ Church located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 , 2017. To make a reservation or with questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, the luncheon will be cancelled.

 

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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