Area Genealogical and Local History Events

 2018

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

Saturdays June 2- Aug 25:  German American Heritage Center Walking Tours 

June 9: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Tying and Untying the Knot (Marriage and Divorce Records) 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

June 9 and 10:  Everybody can get unplugged as the Colonel Davenport House comes alive for a weekend in the spirit and activity of 1835 during the sixth annual Pioneer Days on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 from 12-5 p.m. both days.

For the brave, there will be a rustic rope bridge, approximately 40’ long. See re-enactors demonstrate a variety of crafts (quilting, embroidery, spinning, lace making, and chair caning). Take a tour of the House, or try one of the games that involve aiming and throwing (quoits, tomahawks) from fur trade re-enactors.

A color guard will raise and lower the historical 25-star flag in front of the house. In the outdoor kitchen, see open hearth baking of sourdough bread and calico cornbread, and fruit cobbler. More children’s activities include scrub board washing, making a yarn doll, scavenger hunt, walking on stilts, and punched tin designs.

Tours of the historic Colonel Davenport House included. Admission is $10.00 adults for 13 years and over; $8 for seniors (65 & older); free 12 yrs. and under and active military.

Summer Historic Walking Tours

June 13th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Pamphlet Book Binding                           Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

June 14th:  Scott County Historic Preservation Society Picnic at Schuetzen Park.

June 18:  Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon & Program. [Reservations required by previous Thursday. Call RICHS 309-764-8590]                    Christ Church – 1717 8th Avenue Moline, IL – 11:30 a.m.   PROGRAM:  Greg Vogel – Chippiannock Cemetery

June 22:  Family Histories:  Fact and Fiction     2:00 p.m.    Davenport Library|MAIN in Large meeting room   –  Join us for a fascinating account of Davenport native Mary Lewis’s process in writing her book Second Chances:  A Family’s Love Story. Based on the lives of her grandmother, Emily, and great grandmother, Marie, the author weaves facts gleaned from oral traditions and memorabilia into an entertaining piece of historical fiction. The story takes place post-Civil War through World War I and is sprinkled with clever details from Davenport’s rich history. It explores   complex family relationships as well as the opportunities and constraints women faced in the 19th century. Lewis states her motivation in writing this book was to share with her grandchildren stories that exemplify a family’s love for one another, and hopes others will be motivated to search for, preserve and share family history as well.  Books will be available for sale or check-out. Please come!

June 26th:  Genealogical Perspectives:  Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Series “Cold Case Investigative Techniques”  6:30 p.m. Davenport Public Library | Main 

June 27th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Introduction to Paper Marbling                         Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

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 Meeting Room A

July 11th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Japanese Stab Binding                                    Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

July 23rd:  History and Legacy of the Bix 7 Road Race                                                         6:30 p.m. Davenport Public Library | Main

July 24:  Genealogical Perspectives:  Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Series “10 Tech Tools You Can’t Live Without”  6:30 p.m.  Davenport Public Library | Main 

July 25th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Accordion Binding                                      Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

July 26th:  History and Legacy of the Bix Road Race   6:30 PM  The Library | Main            Join us in learning more about the Bix 7 Road Race through historical sources in the Library’s archives! Posters, images, memorabilia, and more!  

July 29:  Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Public Tours of Quarters One at Rock Island Arsenal.

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

August 6:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  Newspapers:  Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors in Newspapers

August 8th:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Hand Lettering 101                                    Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

August 11: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Scots and Irish Research 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

August 22nd:  Summer Book Arts Academy: Relief Printing:  Linocut                          Davenport Library|Main  4:30 p.m.   Registration required.    Summer Book Arts Academy is a hands-on workshop series offering community members an opportunity to learn more about book arts and how to create them. 

Now through October Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

September 8: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Newspapers and City Directories.  10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

September 10:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  TBA

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

September 29 – Ghost Tales at the Colonel Davenport House                                            5:30 p.m. Tours begin; 7 p.m. Ghost Stories begin

Through October 27th  Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island is open for tours.  http://www.davenporthouse.org/ 

October 1:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM: What’s New in Special Collections?

October 5: Opening of French Moderns Monet to Matisse at the Figge Art Museum from until January 6, 2019. 

October 8:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m. 

October 13: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Homestead, Lotteries and Land Rush Records.   10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

November 5:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting Annual Meeting at Legion Post 26 – Election of Officers PROGRAM:  TBA

November 10: Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Why did Grandpa Move? [Migration] 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

November 11 – Veteran’s Day at the Colonel Davenport House
The Colonel Davenport House will be open on Veteran’s Day from 2-4 p.m. 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 1800’s to 1815. He came to this area as an Army supplier in 1816 to establish Ft. Armstrong.

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

December 3:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m.   PROGRAM:  New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy       Installation of Officers

December 9 – Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Christmas Tea at Quarters One

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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