Area Genealogical and Local History Events

 2018

April 6-April 29: “In Trunks, Hands, and Hearts”   The German American Heritage Center & Ames Historical Society invite you to explore and celebrate immigration to Iowa in a new display on view at the German American Heritage Center. There will be a presentation on April 29th 2 p.m. at the GAHC to discuss the movement of Norwegian immigrants and their experiences.

April 15: 3p m  Art Talk at Butterworth Center – MAKING THE CONNECTION:French Moderns Monet to Matisse 1850-1950  Let’s get ready for the exciting exhibit coming to the Figge Art Museum in the fall of 2018. The 45-minute art talk offers an introduction to the traveling exhibition from Brooklyn Museum. Enjoy hearing about some of the artworks from exhibition, French Moderns Monet to Matisse, connect with the lives of the artists and styles during the time period from 1850 -1950. Local art lecturer, Carol Ehlers will share slides of the artwork from the exhibition.

April 15: 2 PM     German American Heritage Center and Museum presents a review of the life of Martin Luther with a focus on how a monk became the leading reformer of Christianity over 500 years ago. Helmut Welke will present on major historical events and settings with pictures of Reformation site on tours he leads.

April 16:  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:  Renee Robinson – What’s Happening on the Hennepin Canal

April 22:  2 PM     German American Heritage Center and Museum presents Jens Rehder from the John Deere Pavilion and American Queen as a costumed portrayal of John Deere. Listen as he tells the story of Deere’s life, and what he meant to the Quad Cities and his impact on the United States.

April 28:  44th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference   8:00 – 4:00  Holiday Inn Conference Center   Rock Island, IL    Featured speaker:  Thomas MacEntee, genealogy professional, owner High Definition Genealogy, creator of GeneaBloggers and Hack Genealogy. Lunch and exhibits. Registration fee includes coffee and doughnut/Danish, conference handouts, buffet luncheon. Contact Len Stevens 563-359-9672  or                    Sandy Luse 563-381-1753 for more information.

May 7:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m. 

May 9:  WWI Lecture Series  “Gas Attacks”                                                                                                2:00 p.m. Davenport Public Library – Eastern Branch and 6:00 p.m. Rock Island Public Library – Main Branch

May 12:   Davenport Family History Center Free Workshop – Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC] and Works Progress Administration ]WPA] Records.  10:30-11:30 a.m. Call 563-386-7547.

May 15:  Col. Davenport History Book Club 7 p.m. at Davenport House on Rock Island Arsenal. Title discussed will be “Hell Gate to the Mississippi” by Larry Riney – topic is the Effie Afton steamboat crash.

May 21:  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:  Karen Anderson – Antoine LeClaire:  From Fur Trader to Frontier Icon

June 4:  Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Meeting at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m. 

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 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

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 Branch

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

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

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. 

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

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 at Davenport Public Library|Main in Lower Level Meeting room 6:30 p.m. 

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

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

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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