Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2017

 

August 19 – RICIGS Genealogy Skill-Building Workshop:  Genealogy Software, Online Research, DNA testing, Vital Records                                                 1-4 p.m. Butterworth Educational Center    First 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

August 20, 2017  – The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society (ASHHS) quarterly meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Walcott American Legion, 121 W. Bryant St., Walcott, Iowa

Speaker: Jerry Yocum, Camp Algona Committee, of POW Museum Algona, Iowa. The topic will be the history regarding the German POW Camp which had historic significance for our State through German heritage. See the following websites for more information:

http://www.pwcamp.algona.org/exhibits.html
http://www.pwcamp.algona.org/about.html
http://campalgonapowmuseum.weebly.com/

The public is invited. The American Legion hall is handicap accessible. For more information, call Mary Ann Muller 563-284-6640, or e-mail leemarmul@aol.com.

August 22 – The Local History Book Club, sponsored by COL Davenport Historical Foundation, will be meeting at 7:00pm at the Hauberg Center. A $5 donation is required for the center. This month’s book is When The Mississippi River Ran Backwards, by Jay Feldman. Learn how Tecumseh used a series of earthquakes and aftershocks in 1811 and 1812 along the river to claim divine prophecy against the white man, as well as changing the course of the river and the War of 1812.                    POC is jessica.waytenick@gmail.com

August 26 – Bishop Hill Chautauqua – Agriculture    Location:  Village Park  1-4 p.m.                       Re-enactors portray famous historical figures, bringing the past to life through their stories. Free and family oriented.    www.bishophill.com

 August 26 – Mushroom Program and Walk   9:00 -11:00 a.m. join photographer Jim Frink for an indoor program showing mushrooms/fungi at Black Hawk State Historic Site followed by a walk to observe them in the Black Hawk forest, a Nature Preserve, where no plants or fungi can be collected, only viewed and appreciated. The program will be held at Singing Bird Center, located north of Blackhawk Rd at 15th St. in Rock Island. FREE. This event is sponsored by Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation. (309-788-9536)

September

September 9  – Davenport Iowa Family History Center – Free Workshop                                        “Institutional Records”       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.

September 9 – RICIGS Genealogy Skill-Building Workshop:  Immigration/Naturalization Records, Land Records, Federal & State Census, City Directories, Military Records, Wills & Probates                  1-4 p.m. Butterworth Educational Center    Second 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

 September 11:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (exception due to Labor Day holiday) at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the programs. This month the Society enjoys the Ice Cream Social and program held at Schuetzen Park, Davenport. Contact the Corresponding Secretary for information:  scigscorsec@yahoo.com

September 23 & 24:  Agriculture Days – Jordbruksdagarna at Bishop Hill, IL. 10 – 5 p.m.            Bishop Hill’s biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, stew and more!   www.bishophill.com

September 30 – Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House! An event sponsored by the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation at Arsenal Island. Details TBD

October

October 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meets the First Monday of each month (except January and July) at 6:30 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main.  All are welcome to attend the programs.This month, learn what new resources are available in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center.

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 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 24 – Local History Book Club at 7 p.m.
Location TBD
Book – A Brief History of Bucktown by Jonathan Turner

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  

November

November 6 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.

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

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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