Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

April

April 2 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse at 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be tossed salad with roasted vegetables and herb vinaigrette, grilled ham steaks with maple glaze, mashed potatoes and medley vegetables, peach upside down cake with lemon custard. All dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00/person including tax and tip. Guest speaker will be Mr. Lawrence Bay, long time history buff, who will concentrate on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt for John Wilkes Booth. This is 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. For reservations please call Monica (563) 560-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, March 30, 2015. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be responsible for costs incurred. For more information, please call Kris Leinicke at(309) 782-3518. When you enter the Arsenal please have a photo I.D. to show the guard at the gate. Please tell the guard you are attending a function at the Clubhouse. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

April 8 – Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 South Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Guest speaker will be Ferrell Anderson “Decoding the past, corn, seeking Black Hawk Village and house site.” Mr. Anderson is a noted archaeologist who has done research on Albany Mounds and Saukenuk. Everyone is invited to attend.

April 9 – Learning German for Travelers at the German American Heritage Center from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This class is held on Thursday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Retired Moline High School German teacher, Nick Pitz, will teach the class. Prepayment and Preregistration required. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for GAHC members. The Center is located at 712 West Second Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind the museum. To register call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

April 10 – Uncover Your Ancestors at the 13th Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Thomas MacEntee. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Programs from 9:00 – 12:00. Lunch on own. Afternoon tours (additional fees). 6:30 p.m. Registration. 7:00 p.m. Presentation with Dessert Bar. It is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disasters and Misfortune. At the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, IA. Registration required. Registration is limited. Please contact (319) 753-1647 for information on registering.

April 11 – Uncover Your Ancestors at the 13th Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Thomas MacEntee. At the Capital Theater at 211 N. 3rd Street, Burlington, Iowa. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Programs from 9:00 – 12:00. Lunch provided with registration by April 1. Programs until 3:00 p.m. Registration required. Registration is limited. Please contact (319) 753-1647 for information on registering.

April 14 – Evenings at Butterworth will present Abraham Lincoln In Song by singer/songwriter Chris Vallillo at the Butterworth Center, 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. Period music from the period will be used in the event spanning Lincoln’s birth in 1809 to his assassination in 1865. This one-man show has been presented all over the United States. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. There is no charge for admission and refreshments are served after the performance. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

April 16 – Learning German for Travelers at the German American Heritage Center from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This class is held on Thursday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Retired Moline High School German teacher, Nick Pitz, will teach the class. Prepayment and Preregistration required. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for GAHC members. The Center is located at 712 West Second Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind the museum. To register call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

April 17 – Friday at Deere-Wiman House presents “international voice of jazz” artist Nnenna Freelon who will perform live at 3:00 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman House located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. This series is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation and the Quad Cities Arts Visiting Artist Series. This even is free with refreshments following. To learn more about Nnenna Freelon please visit. www.nnenna.com. For more information about the event please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

April 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Rolls and Butter, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker will be Gregg Swanson, Superintendent of Moline Water Works with optional tour at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, April 16th.

April 23 – Learning German for Travelers at the German American Heritage Center from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This class is held on Thursday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Retired Moline High School German teacher, Nick Pitz, will teach the class. Prepayment and Preregistration required. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for GAHC members. The Center is located at 712 West Second Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind the museum. To register call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

April 25 – 41st Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Viking Club of Moline. The Viking Club is located at 1450 41st Street, Moline, IL. Doors open to the public at 8:00 a.m. Registration and exhibits 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome 8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Morning topics From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas and Mining the Destination Data. Lunch from 11:30 – 1:00. Afternoon presentations Introduction to Irish Internet Sites and Effective Use of the Family History Library Catalog. 3:25 – 3:45 closing remarks. Registration fee is $25/person and includes handouts, coffee, and buffet luncheon. Any registration after April 21 will not include luncheon. Cancellations will not be honored after April 20. A waiting list is kept in case of cancellations. You must include your phone number on your registration form. Registration forms available at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. For more information, Please call Len Stevens at (563) 359-9672 or Chris Iossi (563) 355-6298. Sponsored by the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society.

April 25 - Augustana Founders Day Reunion celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod and 165th anniversary of the Andover congregation. The day will include interest groups pertaining to the Augustana Synod and stories about Swedish immigration. The featured speaker at noon will be Orion Samuelson from WGN radio in Chicago. A smorgasbord dinner will be served in the evening, followed by a hymn sing and vespers. Please see April 26th for more events. To register please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/reunion_2015/registration.html or call (309) 521-8127. Reservations due by April 1st.

April 26 - River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Topics being covered include the fall of Richmond, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Everyone is invited to attend.

April 26 - Augustana Founders Day Reunion celebrating the 155th anniversary of the Augustana Synod and 165th anniversary of the Andover congregation. Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Gary Wollersheim will preach at the morning service. Following a noon lunch, there will be guided tours of area historic sites and a concert by Augustana College Choir from Rock Island. The festive afternoon service will include a message by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. The Reunion will conclude with an evening dinner. Please see April 25th for more events. To register please visit http://helios.augustana.edu/jlc/reunion_2015/registration.html or call (309) 521-8127. Reservations due by April 1st.

April 27 – The River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil Wary Roundtable meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, I to discuss the events of April 1865. Discussions will include the Union capture of Richmond, Selma, Mobile, and Montgomery in Alabama, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Consider impact on history if the South had chosen guerilla warfare. Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

April 28 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “Cemetery Art Symbolism” presented by Laurel Mellien at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

April 30 – Learning German for Travelers at the German American Heritage Center from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. This class is held on Thursday, April 9, 16, 23, and 30th. Retired Moline High School German teacher, Nick Pitz, will teach the class. Prepayment and Preregistration required. Cost is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for GAHC members. The Center is located at 712 West Second Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind the museum. To register call (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

May

May 7 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse at 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be lemon ranch salad, fresh grilled salmon filet with citrus compound butter, wild rice, steamed cauliflower, and panna cotta with strawberry coulis. All dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00/person including tax and tip. Guest speaker will be Ms. Maran Wherry, PhD., American Culture Studies who will present “Margaret, Susan, and Marguerite: Founding Mothers” on influential women in the Quad Cities. This is 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. For reservations please call Monica (563) 560-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, May 4, 2015. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be responsible for costs incurred. For more information, please call Kris Leinicke at(309) 782-3518. When you enter the Arsenal please have a photo I.D. to show the guard at the gate. Please tell the guard you are attending a function at the Clubhouse. The Rock Island gate will be closed in May, but the Davenport and Moline gates will be open. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

May 13 – Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 South Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Guest speaker will be Herb Wood discussing his experiences in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Everyone is invited to attend.

May 17Genealogy Night at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center will be open for extra research hours. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10.00 and includes seven hours of research, idea sharing with fellow genealogist, trained staff to offer support, and even food! This event is open to beginning genealogists or those who have been doing this for years. Registration is limited. Please call (563) 326-7902 to register or drop off your registration fee in Special Collections. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Parking is in the lot across from the 4th Street door used to enter the building for this event or parking on the street near the building. Please call with any questions or to register.

May 18 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Salisbury Steak, Mandarin Lettuce Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn, Roll, Strawberry Shortcake. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker will be Mr. Ron Fischer, The Bee Man of Orion who will speak on A Look Inside a Bee Hive – Past and Present at 12:15 p.m. With tasting. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, May 14th.

May 26 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Center Library located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

June

June 6 & 7 – Andover’s 180th Anniversary Festival at Andover Lake Park and nearby sites. Featuring Civil War reenactments, 7th annual antique lawn and tractor show, barn quilt show, food, contests, a cemetery walk at the Jenny Lind Chapel, and more. Please call (309) 476-8228 for more information.

June 15 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) Luncheon and Program starting at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 2201 – 7th Avenue, Moline, IL. The menu will be Fried Chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, and lemon meringue pie. Cost is $8.00 for lunch. Guest Speaker Mr. Walter Lilius will speak on Henry Pope Grows Up in Moline at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590, you may leave a message. Person’s are responsible for payment for any reservations. Reservations are due by Thursday, June 11th.

June 23 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Center Library located at 1105 8th Street, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

July

July 28 – Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

August

August 25- Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

September

September 22 - Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. 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 27 - Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center. Program to be announced. The Butterworth Education Center located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. All are welcome.

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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