Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

October 13 – Special Sun-Down Ghost Walking Tour  5 p.m.   Cost:  $5  German American Heritage Center   http://gahc.org/event/the-darker-side-of-davenport-ghost-tour-2/  

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 14 – Darker Side of Davenport Ghostly Walking Tour  10:30-Noon Cost:  $5  German American Heritage Center   http://gahc.org/event/the-darker-side-of-davenport-ghost-tour-2/  

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 21 – Darker Side of Davenport Ghostly Walking Tour  10:30-Noon Cost:  $5  German American Heritage Center   http://gahc.org/event/the-darker-side-of-davenport-ghost-tour-2/  

October 24 – Local History Book Club sponsored by Colonel Davenport Foundation at 7 p.m. meeting at Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport. Book – A Brief History of Bucktown by Jonathan Turner. Discussion led by Judy Tumbleson, who can be contacted at judyt100741@gmail.com. 

 

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  

October 28 – Darker Side of Davenport Ghostly Walking Tour  10:30-Noon Cost:  $5  German American Heritage Center   http://gahc.org/event/the-darker-side-of-davenport-ghost-tour-2/  

November

November 2 – The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd at the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. 

Interested parties may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. The program will feature DAVE HELLER, president and CEO of Main Street Baseball, and the majority owner and Majority Partner of four affiliated minor league baseball teams: the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Billings Mustangs and, most recently, the Lowell Spinners. Heller’s teams are known primarily for: fun, innovative promotions, and making ballpark improvements benefiting both fans and players—giving back to generously to each club’s home community.

For reservations call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday noon, October 30th.  

November 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting.  6:00 p.m. American Legion Hall at 702 W. 35th Street in Davenport. The cost of the meal will be $11 per person. The annual budget will be presented and an election of officers will be held. Positions that are open are treasurer and society historian plus others if you are really interested. If you wish to attend the dinner meeting and have not signed up as yet please call Len Stevens at 359-9672. Payment in advance is not required but signing up early would be appreciated.

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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