Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2016

June

June 2 – Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street. The menu for dinner will be garden salad, roasted pork with natural gravy, new potatoes, vegetable medley, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. All will be prepared by the Golf Course Kitchen. Dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00 including tax and tip. Please have your check or cash ready to give to Dick Hochstetler or Linda Miller when you arrive. Interested parties may choose to attend the presentation part of the meeting only at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. The presentation will be by Faye Waterman, a senior gardener with the State of Iowa. She will present a program about the historical plantings at the time of Col. Davenport. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Members and non-members are welcome. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, May 30th. Cancellations must be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred. If further information is needed, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. As of December 1, 2015 new requirements have been added for accessing the Rock Island Arsenal. Please go to http://www.usagria.army.mil/AccessRequests/. For information regarding the use of Illinois Driver’s License to obtain a pass/permit please visit http://www.army.mil./article/160963. Please note: An Illinois Driver’s License if acceptable to use with a pass if you already have a pass issued before the current Department of Defense guidance concerning Illinois driver’s licenses. Visitors are asked to use the Moline Gate.

June 3 – “Let’s  Talk About Your Quilt” presentation at the German American Heritage Center at 10:00 a.m. Professional Quilt Appraiser Valorie Bonk and AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser Charleen Richtsmeier will lead a roundtable quilt discussion. Come learn how to tell the age of your quilt, how it was made, and discover interesting mysteries that make each quilt unique. Bring your own quilt to show. Following the roundtable Ms. Bonk and Ms. Richtsmeier will take appointments to appraise quilts. Each appraisal will take 45 minutes with a $40 fee paid at the time of the appointment which includes a written appraisal and a legal document. Appointments will run from 12:00 – 6:30 p.m. Call (563) 322-8844 to schedule your appointment. There is no fee to attend the 10:00 a.m. roundtable discussion. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street with parking in the rear of the building. For more information, please call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org.

June 4 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

June 8 – Award-winning singer, songwriter, storyteller, and teaching artist Amy Lowe will perform in a free concert on the lawn at the Deere-Wiman House at 6:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public; there is no charge for admission. Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chairs; picnic suppers are allowed. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 Programs at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

June 11 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

June 17 – Learn about the costumes of Downton Abbey at Evenings at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. Art historian, Jeff Mishur, will discuss costumes original to the period covered by the television series as well as newly constructed garments designed to imitate vintage dress. The Evenings at Butterworth presentation will showcase photos of the costumes. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 8th Street, Moline. This event is open to the public and there is no admission. Refreshments will be served after the program. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 Programs at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

June 18 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

June 20 – Friends of Rock Island County Historical Society Luncheon will present “Novelty Songs and Favorite Tunes” with speaker Larry Minard, Teacher and Radio Enthusiast, at Christ Church. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The menu will be Fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, and lemon meringue pie. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Christ Church is located at 1717 8th Avenue, Moline, IL. Reservations or cancellations are due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 16. For reservations or questions, please call RICHS at (309) 764-8590. You may leave a message. If schools are closed due to weather, our luncheon will be cancelled.

June 25 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

June 26 – Rock Island County Historical Society Spring Open House. The Historical Society is located at 822 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. Author, Dave Coopman, will be present to autograph the copy of his lasted book, Legendary Locals of Moline. The book may be purchased that day for $22.

June 26Blossoms at Butterworth at the Butterworth Center and the Deere-Wiman House in Moline from 12 – 5 p.m. This old-fashioned family activity includes a juggler, face painting, house tours, underground tunnel tours, live music, exhibits, and much more. All activities and entertainment are free except for food concessions. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline while the Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th St. in Moline. This event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. 2016 Programs at Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the William Butterworth Foundation created by Katherine Deere Butterworth to serve the community. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit www.butterworthcenter.com.

June 26 – The finish of The Great Race at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline. The Great Race is a time-speed-endurance rally for vintage cars 1972 and older, starting in San Rafael, CA and finishing in Moline, IL. 155 cars are registered to start the race this year. They will be greeted by a display of vintage cars from the local area, including some Velie automobiles. Local cars will begin setting up at 1:00 p.m. Please visit www.greatrace.com for more information. This event is free.

June 27 – at City View Celebrations, 701 12th St., Moline. This event is free. Velie enthusiasts will be displaying memorabilia, sales brochures, and other Velie-related items. There will be a presentation on the Velies who lived in the Quad Cities and those who lived in Kansas City. More information will be released in June.

July

July 2 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

July 9 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

July 10 – “The Kohrs and Frye Families” program presented at 2:00 p.m. at the German American Heritage Center. This program will be presented by Humanities Iowa scholar Dr. William Roba. Come learn about these two Quad Cities families who started here and went west to make their fortunes. The Kohrs family had a meat packing plant in Davenport and the Frye family now has a museum in Seattle dedicated to American, German, and French paintings. For more information on the program, please call (563) 322-8844, or visit www.gahc.org or the GAHC Facebook page. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street in Davenport with parking in the lot behind the building.

July 16 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

July 23 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

July 30 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

August

August 6 – The Annual Bix Concert at Oakdale Memorial Gardens at 10:00 a.m. Please remember to bring your lawn chairs or blanket. Oakdale Memorial Gardens is located at 2501 Eastern Avenue, Davenport. For more information, please call (563) 324-5121 or visit www.oakdalememorialgardens.org.

August 6 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

August 13 – “Historic Third Street Walking Tour” hosted by the German American Heritage Center at 10:30 a.m. Come join this walking tour to learn about the roots, heritage, and history of our city. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost is $5 per person, including GAHC members. All ages are welcome. Please dress comfortably, bring water, and be prepared to walk and stand for the duration of the tour including up and down some hills and stairs. This fun tour will provide you with insight into the residential and business influence of the many Germans who helped make Davenport great. For more information, please visit www.gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844, or visit our Facebook page. This tour will be held every Saturday through August 13th.

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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