Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2014

July

July 2 - 50th Anniversary Unveiling of Civil War to Civil Rights: Upper Mississippi River Heritage Trail Commemoration and Luncheon from 11:00 – 1:00 at St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center. Charles Pearson, PC Consulting, will unveil Davenport, Iowa’s significance to Civil Rights History. He will also unveil 5 new upper Mississippi River Civil Rights markers to join the original 7 markers unveiled in 2010. The remaining 38 new landmarks will be unveiled at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to the Quad Cities. Tickets to the lunch and event are $10/person. To register please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1azVgBKNl9JxuC3g0H3NNZ_nm32h0YEBYprLquIamdf0/viewform or call Charles Pearson (563) 209-1170 or Ryan Saddler (563) 333-5728 to register or for more information.

July 8 - Arsenal Island History with Mike McKean/Sam Helig (US Army Corps of Engineers). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 9 - Join Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats at a free outdoor concert for kids and families on the lawn of the historic Deere-Wiman House at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs/blankets for seating. Picnic suppers welcome. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For more information please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

July 9 - Meeting of the Port Byron Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Speakers Drs. Terry & Sarah Foust, DVM will discuss Veterinary Services in Port Byron. The meeting will take place at the River Valley District Library. The Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except December) and welcomes all who may share an interest. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 214 South Main Street, Port Byron, IL.

July 10 - Arsenal Island History with Mike McKean/Sam Helig (US Army Corps of Engineers). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 12 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – Court House Records from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

July 13 - “Celebration of 100 Years,” the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s centennial book by author Dennis Loftin will be presented at the German American Heritage Center. Mr. Loftin has been part of the QCSO for a number of years and assisted on the publishing of the 75th anniversary book. The event will also include a book signing. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the rear lot of the building. Admission is $5/Adult, $/Senior, $3/Child 5 – 17, and free for members. This event sponsored by Humanities Iowa, Charles B. Preacher Foundation, Riverboat Development Group, Western Illinois University Foundation, Quad City Times, and the Downtown Davenport Partnership, as well as a number of private individuals. For more information please call (563) 322-8844, visit www.gahc.org or email kelly.lao@gahc.org.

July 15 - Rafting Logs to QC Mills with Gayle Rein (Historian). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 17 - Rafting Logs to QC Mills with Gayle Rein (Historian). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 19 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy classes 2014 – “Where Did Your Ancestors Live?” (Census and Land Records). 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Educational Center, 701 – 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Cost is $7/class or $30 for all five classes. Free for RICIGS members. Classes held June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Pre-registration per class is required due to limited seating. Please call Linda Polich (309) 236-1985 or Lorraine Hathaway (309) 787-1826 for more information or to register.

July 19 - German American Heritage Center Day Buss Trip to Baraboo, WI. Learn about the German and Iowa connections to the circus on this day trip to the Circus Museum and Ringling Brothers’ Theater. $100 Members, $115 Non-Member Adult, and $85 for kids up to age 14. Day trip includes bus trip cost and museum admission. Departs 7:00 a.m. from GAHC and 4:00 return from Baraboo. One 20 minute rest break each way. Call (563) 322-8844 to register or for more information. Pre-payment required. Please register by June 15th.

July 22 - Historic Bridges of the QC with Curt Roseman (Geographer). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 24 - Historic Bridges of the QC with Curt Roseman (Geographer). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

July 28 – River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. The group will discuss events from July 1864 including big battles in the East including Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of Jubal Early. Charter for the Northern Pacific Railroad, and election campaign of 1864. The Atlanta Campaign will be covered on the August 25 meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.

July 30 - Riverine Walks featuring Credit Island: Plans for the Future with Bob Peppers (Friends of Credit Island). Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August

August 2 - Riverine Walks featuring Credit Island: Plans for the Future with Bob Peppers (Friends of Credit Island). Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 2 – Head to the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch on Saturday, August 2, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the 26th Annual Bix Porch Party where folks will be dancin’ in the street! Don Estes and the Prairie Ramblers, with the help of Butch Bos of Bos Sound, will be playing live jazz  at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets as we block off Main Street for some good old-fashioned fun.

August 3 – Dr. David Ellis of Augustana College will speak on “Berlin on the Brink – 1945 to 1962″ at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in their lot behind the building. For more information on cost or questions please email kelly.lao@gahc.org or visit www.gahc.org.

August 6 - Riverine Walks featuring Ghost Stories of the Mississippi with Bobbie Swanson. Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 9 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – German Research Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

August 9 - Riverine Walks featuring Ghost Stories of the Mississippi with Bobbie Swanson. Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 13 - Riverine Walks featuring Gold Coast Historic Walking Tour with Marion McGinnis (Historian). Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 13 - Port Byron Historical Society meetning at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library, 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. Program will be “Port Byron in World War II”. Please bring any family memories of the war: Victory Gardens, rationing, canning, sewing, defense work, gathering milkweed, scrap drives, air raid drills, the War Mothers, Blue/Gold Stars, war bonds, and everything that went on at home to help win WWII. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

August 16 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy classes 2014 – “All Things Military – Did Your Ancestors Serve?” 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Educational Center, 701 – 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Cost is $7/class or $30 for all five classes. Free for RICIGS members. Classes held June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Pre-registration per class is required due to limited seating. Please call Linda Polich (309) 236-1985 or Lorraine Hathaway (309) 787-1826 for more information or to register.

August 16 - Riverine Walks featuring Gold Coast Historic Walking Tour with Marion McGinnis (Historian). Please contact River Action for this session’s meeting site. Sessions are $5 each for non-members of River Action. River Action Members are free. Please dress for walking and the weather. Sessions are Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 26 - Music of the Mississippi River with Ellis Kell (River Music Experience). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

August 28 - Music of the Mississippi River with Ellis Kell (River Music Experience). Sessions are $12 each and take place on the Channel Cat Water Taxi (space limited) rain or shine with no refunds. A rain date will be scheduled for cancelled class. Talks are from 9:00 – 12:45 a.m. Please meet at the Celebration Belle Landing site for the Channel Cat. This series is sponsored by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). Make registration checks payable to River Action, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA 52803. For more information please call (563) 322-2969 or email abandman@riveraction.org.

September

September 13 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 - Finding Generations & Clues Through Land Records Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

September 20 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy classes 2014 – “Everyone Has a Story – Have You Told Yours?” 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Educational Center, 701 – 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Cost is $7/class or $30 for all five classes. Free for RICIGS members. Classes held June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Pre-registration per class is required due to limited seating. Please call Linda Polich (309) 236-1985 or Lorraine Hathaway (309) 787-1826 for more information or to register.

October

October 11 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – Military Records Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

October 12 - Schleswig - Holstein: The Danish Angle Genealogy Workshop at the German American Heritage Center. Taught by Michele McNabb. 12:30 – 2:00 – Danish or German? – Researching Ancestors from Schleswig/Slesvig. 2:15 – 3:45 – Under Sail & Steam: Emigration from Denmark and Schleswig – Holstein. Pre-Registration & pre-payment required by October 8th. $20/member. $25/non-members.The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking in lot behind building. For more information or to register, please call (563) 322-8844 or email kelly.lao.gahc.org. For more information please visit www.gahc.org.

October 18 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society Beginning Genealogy classes 2014 – “Continuing Your Research with Online Resources”. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Educational Center, 701 – 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Cost is $7/class or $30 for all five classes. Free for RICIGS members. Classes held June 28, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. Pre-registration per class is required due to limited seating. Please call Linda Polich (309) 236-1985 or Lorraine Hathaway (309) 787-1826 for more information or to register.

November

November 8 - Family History Center Classes for 2014 – Passenger Lists Class from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Family History Center is located at 4929 Wisconsin Avenue, Davenport. Classes are open to the public and there is no registration or fee. For more information please contact (563) 386-7547.

 

 

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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