Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

August

August 1 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 2 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 2 – “Zeitgeist Concert and Reception” at the German American Heritage Center as the Locust Street Boys start off the event at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. Buck Henri and Bruce Walters will share comments on their works and inspirations they have found in the Bix story. This is part of the “Zeitgeist: Bix Beiderbecke and the Spirit of His Time” exhibit at the Center from July 5 – August 30. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society is a partner in this event. Seating is limited. $5 tickets for all seats may be purchased in advance at the German American Heritage Center. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking is in the lot behind the museum. For more information please contact kelly.lao@gahc.org visit www.gahc.org.

August 3 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting and program will be held in the Film Room on the lower level of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. All are welcome to attend!

August 8 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 9 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 15 – Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour every Saturday during the summer. This one hour tour covers 1.3 miles. There are hills and steps on the walk. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center. Please dress for the weather and walking. Please provide your own water. No tour on the 4th of July. Last tour of the season is August 15th. The cost of the tour is $5/person. The walking tour is sponsored by the City of Davenport. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with free parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 15 & 16 – Wheat Weaving Demonstration and Sale at the Steeple Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois from 11:00 – 4:00 each day as part of the Clay and Fiber Weekend in Bishop Hill. For more information please visit illinoiswheatweavers.org or call (309) 927-3033.

August 16 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 16 – The vocal quartet Akervinda will offer a free 1.5 hour workshop where attendees will be introduced to traditional Swedish folk tunes. The workshop is designed for teenagers and adults. The workshop will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. For more information please email bhha@mymctc.net or call (309) 927-3899.

August 16 – Akervinda will perform traditional folksongs from Scandinavia at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois at 4:00 p.m. These four female singers will perform in the free public performance that is sponsored by BHHA and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. For more information please visit www.bishophillheritage.org or call (309) 927-3899.

August 16 – Author and television personality, Bruce Johnson, will speak on “1901: The Year That Set the Arts and Craft Movement in Motion” at the German American Heritage Center at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5/Adult, $4/Senior, $3 Children 5-17. Free for GAHC members and those under 5. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the museum lot behind the building. For more information please call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

August 21 – 25 – The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society (ASHHS) will host a Friendship Conference at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center in Moline, IL.  The conference begins with a buffet meal on Friday evening at the Center. The conference begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The theme of the conference is “Arriving in America” and will present a picture of what immigrants experienced when they first arrived in the new land. Speakers will present “Corn and Khruschev”, “Flora and Fauna of Early Iowa”, and “Genealogy Across the Atlantic”. Other activities include farm tours, Riverboat cruise, low-German church service, and other tours of historic sites. For more information on the conference and to make reservations, contact Sue Voss at (563) 260-7507 or email voss_richard@Hotmail.com.

August 23 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 23 – 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. the Quad Cities Vintage Football game to be held at Douglas Park, 18th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. This football game will be between the Rock Island Independents and the Moline Universal Tractors. This game is based on football as played in 1920 and players will sport uniforms from that time period. Refreshments will be sold at the game. For more information pleas visit Quad Cities Vintage Football page on Facebook.

August 25– Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Richard Harwood will present “Australia Travel Log”. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

August 29 & 30 – 2015 Bishop Hill Chautauqua celebrating Abraham Lincoln through story and song. This event is free in the village park of Bishop Hill, Illinois. For more information please call (309) 927-3899 or visit www.bishophill.com.

August 29 – Bishop Hill Chautauqua Workshop: Stepping Into Character with Brian “Fox” Ellis at 10:00 a.m. at the Steeple Building located at 103 North Bishop Street, Bishop Hill, Illinois. Professional storyteller and author Brian Ellis will offer a 2 hour workshop for teachers, actors, students, and home-schoolers. The workshop is designed to help bring history to life through first person monologues. This workshop is for ages 10 and up. Free donations are appreciated. Walk-Ins welcome, but preregistration is encouraged. Please call (309) 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net to reserve a spot today.

August 30 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

September

September 3 – Rock Island Historical Society picnic at 6:00 p.m. at the Memorial Field Pavilion on the Arsenal Island. This event is open to 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. Guest speaker will be Kathy Wine, Executive Director from River Action, who will give an update on building a bridge span as the replica of the “first bridge” to cross the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. The picnic menu will include Fried Chicken, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Rolls, Chips, Cookies, and Coffee, Tea, or Water prepared by the Golf Club Kitchen, all for $8.00, including tax and tip. For reservations call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due on Monday, August 31st. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. For further information, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. Please remember to have a valid ID handy when coming onto the Island. Tell the guard at the gate you are attending a function at the Memorial Field Pavilion. If you will be coming across the Government bridge after 5:30, please remember the Davenport gate will be closed and to go to the Rock Island gate.

September 9 – Mike Danial, Stickley Furniture Historian, will speak at the German American Heritage Center at 6:00 p.m. This is part of Mr. Danial’s Stickley Roadshow Tour sponsored by Knilans’ Furniture and Interiors. Seating is limited. This event is free to the public. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the rear of the building. For more information please contact Kelly Lao at (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

September 14 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. Mr. George Krukenberg will present “Germany Travelogue”. The meeting and program will be held in the Film Room on the lower level of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. All are welcome to attend!

September 21 – Volunteer Round-Up for Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Love genealogy and local history? Ever wonder what we do in Special Collections? Come to our special interest meeting. You’ll get a “behind-the-scenes” tour and learn how you may become involved. This program is scheduled before the official Monday opening hours. Please come to the 4th Street library door to enter. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street in downtown Davenport. You may park for free for up to two hours on the streets around the library or in the parking lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. We are waiting to welcome you!

September 22 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. “Local Civil War Monument Restoration” presented by Lt. Ericisson. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

September 27 – Swedish Hogmassa Service at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover. At this service the liturgy is in Swedish and the sermon in English. Light refreshments will be served following the service. The Jenny Lind Chapel is located at 6th and Oak Streets in Andover, IL. For more information please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/brochure.html or call (309) 521-8127.

October

October 5 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Supervisor Jessica Mirasol will present “What is New in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center.” The meeting and program will be held in the Film Room on the lower level of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. The event is free and all are welcome to attend!

October 10 – Beginning Genealogy Class at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch. This event is from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Are you interested in researching your family tree, but don’t know how or where to start? Do you want to learn about the resources here at the library you may use for free? This is the program for you! This one hour program is free. A wonderful place to start. Please look at our special genealogy night on October 25th to continue your research. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street in downtown Davenport. Parking is located around the building or in the lot on the corner of Brady and 4th Streets.

October 22 – Bus-eum to visit the Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch from 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. The Bus-eum will be hosting an exhibit “At Home in the Midwest” exploring Iowa’s settlement. There is also a 90 minute workshop called “Grindin’ Ol’ Bones: Exploring Together Social Contexts Behind Family History.” The Eastern Avenue branch is located at 6000 Eastern Avenue in Davenport.

October 22 – Bus-eum to visit the German American Heritage Center from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Bus-eum will be hosting an exhibit “At Home in the Midwest” exploring Iowa’s settlement in a retrofitted school bus. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking is located in the lot behind the museum. For more information please contact Kelly Lao at (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

October 25 – Genealogy Night at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. We will be opening our doors to researchers only on this Sunday. Researchers have five hours of research with staff and other researchers to help. We also have yummy food too!. The cost is $10 per person. We do ask for sign up in advance. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street in Downtown Davenport. Parking is located around the building and in the lot on the corner of Brady and 4th Streets. Please use the 4th Street door on the side of the building to enter and exit.

October 27 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. KeeKee Pregracke will present “Chad Pregracke’s Living Lands and Water”. The Butterworth Education Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

November

November 2 – The Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Annual Dinner at the American Legion Post #26 at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Program TBA.

November 10 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served at 6:00 p.m. at the Quad Cities Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. Program will be “Hell at Midnight in Davenport” presented by Karen R. Alexander. Please visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html to make a reservation.

December

December 7 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program for this meeting will be “Collecting Advertising Tins.” The meeting and program will be held in the Film Room on the lower level of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa. The event is free and all are 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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