Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

May

May 2 – Maifest at Schuetzen Park from 12:00 – 3:00. Events will include May Dance and Children’s “Teddy Bear Wagon Parade” with children invited to bring their wagons and bears. Food and drinks served at the Jens Lorenzen Pavillion. Entrance to the event is free. Schuetzen Park is located at 700 Waverly Road, Davenport. Sponsoring organizations are The German Family Club of Illinois and Iowa, The Schuetzenpark Gilde, The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society, and the German American Heritage Center. For more information please call (563) 322-5489 or email Schuetzenpark@yahoo.com.

May 2 – Freedom Seekers Cemetery Walking Tour at Oakdale Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m. Tour the cemetery to see the resting spots of 11 freedom seekers that have been identified by the National Park Service Network to Freedom. The teacher and two students from Arlington, NE will be leading the tour. The route is .85 miles and the tour will take 1 1/2 hours. Light refreshments will be served. Oakdale is located at 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport. For more information please visit www.oakdalememorialgardens.org.

May 2 – The Davenport Zither Ensemble Spring Concert at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. 2014 Miss Iowa Aly Olson will be singing with pianist Gustavo doCarmo. Works by Haydn, Schumann, and Scheck will be performed. The Center is located at 712 W, 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the rear lot behind the building. Admission is $5/adult, $4/Senior, $3/Child, and free for members. For more information please contact Kelly at (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org. Please visit www.gahc.org.

May 2 – Daughters of the American Revolution Hannah Caldwell Chapter of Davenport will present a Free Genealogy Workshop at the Bettendorf Public Library from 9:30 – 2:00 p.m. Come with your research and questions. Speakers will be Jeanette Shannon and Marlys Ankrum, DAR Genealogy Consultants. The Bettendorf Public Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. For more information please call (563) 355-7696. Everyone is welcome to attend.

May 4 – Scott County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Film Room. Presentation of “Reconstructing Lost Records – St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery”. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. The Film Room is located in the Lower Level and may be accessed by the elevator. This meeting is open to all persons interested.

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 WWII Navy Fighter Pilot 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 23, 24, 25 – Memorial Day Weekend Open House at Davenport City Cemetery from 11:00 – 3:00 each day. In observance of Memorial Day and Cemetery Appreciation Month. The Sexton’s Cottage will be open on each day during that time. The Cemetery is located at Rockingham Road and Division Street. This event is free and open to the public.

May 24 – Memorial Day Weekend Open House at Davenport City Cemetery special dedication ceremony at 2:00 p.m. to rededicate the Dohrmann family monument and 42 grave markers and flags on the burial spots of veterans of the Schleswig-Holstein War of 1848, 1849, and 1850. All graves of American Armed Forces will be decorated. The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society will be present as well as several German-American groups in the Quad City area (City Cemetery holds a large population of German immigrants and their descendants from the 1800s). Amy Groskopf, Director of the Davenport Library, will deliver brief remarks. Light refreshments will be served. Parking along Sturdevant and Division Streets. A Porta-Potty will be on site.

May 25 – Memorial Day in Port Byron, IL. 10 a.m. at the memorial on Oak and Main Streets followed by refreshments at the Village Hall.

May 25 – 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, IL to discuss the  last Confederate surrenders. Everyone is invited to attend.

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 1 – Scott County Genealogical Society Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Film Room. Presentation on Identifying Old Photographs. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. The Film Room is located in the Lower Level and may be accessed by the elevator. This meeting is open to all persons interested.

June 4 – Bud Miller, author of Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator, will speak from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street during a Brown Bag Lunch. Come learn about Davenport’s famous early pilot. If desired, please bring a lunch. This event is free and open to the public. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. For more information please call (563) 326-7902, email specialcollections@davenportlibrary.com, or visit www.davenportlibrary.com.

June 4 – 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 Caesar salad, grilled chicken with fresh fruit salsa, grilled squash, roasted new potatoes, rolls, and strawberry shortcake. 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. William “Bill” Albracht, author of Abandoned in Hell. During the Vietnam War, Mr. Albracht, a commissioned officer in the Army’s Green Berets, was the recipient of three Silver Stars for gallantry in action, three Purple Hearts, five Bronze Stars, as well as other awards. Mr. Albracht will speak on his Vietnam War experience and his book. 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 31, 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 Davenport gate will be closed, but the Rock Island and Moline gates will be open. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

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 10 – Summer lawn concert at Deere-Wiman House featuring Dave Rudolf. Starting at 6:30 p.m. this concert will be a favorite for kids and parents. This event is open to the public with no charge. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs with a picnic supper. In case of rain the event will be in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. 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.

June 13 – As part of Museum Week a special guided tours will be given of the tunnel connecting the historic Deere-Wiman House to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. This tunnel has never been open to the public. The tour is limited to the basement and tunnel. Visitors must be able to use stairs and a ramp. Tours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.qcmuseumweek.com, www.butterworthcenter.com, or call (309) 743-2701.

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 20 – As part of Museum Week a special guided tours will be given of the tunnel connecting the historic Deere-Wiman House to the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. This tunnel has never been open to the public. Tour limited to basement and tunnel. Visitors must be able to use stairs and a ramp. Tours 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. No charge for admission. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.qcmuseumweek.com, www.butterworthcenter.com, or call (309) 743-2701.

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 12 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

July 19 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

July 26 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

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 2 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 9 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 16 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

August 23 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

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.

August 30 – Guided tours of the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House by appointment between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. beginning on the hour. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2701.

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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