Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2016

August

August 4 – Bix Porch Party at the Davenport Public Library  – Main Street Branch! Come join this annual event with live music performed by Done Estes and the Prairie Ramblers. There will be food, face painting, and balloon animals. This event is for all ages. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets and join us on our front porch. From 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A great way to start off the Bix Jazz Weekend. The Main Branch of the Davenport Public Library is located at 321 Main Street. There is parking located on 4th Street or in the lot on the corner of Brady and 4th Streets. Portions of Main Street in front of the library are usually closed to traffic and parking during this event. For more information, please call (563) 326-7832.

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 6 – The Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Education Center, 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. This month the program will be “Gaining Information from Old Cursive Deeds” presented by Gene Eiklor.

August 7 – “Germans in Hollywood-Film and Lecture Series” This German American Heritage Center program will be held at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium and will highlight the contributions and influences of Germans in Hollywood each Sunday in August. This Sunday will feature Heidi from 1937 featuring Shirley Temple. Presenter will be Fred Isele. This feature will be shown in its entirety. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Kelly.lao@gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org or visit the German American Heritage Center Facebook page.

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.

August 14 – “Germans in Hollywood-Film and Lecture Series” This German American Heritage Center program will be held at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium and will highlight the contributions and influences of Germans in Hollywood each Sunday in August. This Sunday will feature One, Two, Three from 1961 featuring James Cagney and directed by Gene Wilder. Presenter will be Lisa Seidlitz. This feature will be shown in its entirety. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Kelly.lao@gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org or visit the German American Heritage Center Facebook page.

August 21 – “Germans in Hollywood-Film and Lecture Series” This German American Heritage Center program will be held at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium and will highlight the contributions and influences of Germans in Hollywood each Sunday in August. This Sunday will feature Hogan’s Heroes 1965 – 1971, Judgment at Nuremberg 1961and Casablanca 1942. This week will focus on the impact of German/Austrian immigrants on American television and beyond. Clips of the above shows and movies will be shown. Presenter will be Ellen Tsagaris. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Kelly.lao@gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org or visit the German American Heritage Center Facebook page.

August 28 – “Germans in Hollywood-Film and Lecture Series” This German American Heritage Center program will be held at the Figge Art Museum in the John Deere Auditorium and will highlight the contributions and influences of Germans in Hollywood each Sunday in August. This Sunday will feature American Horror Story, 2011-2016, Nosferatu 1961, and Freaks 1932. Presenter will be Benjamin Mier-Cruz. This week will explore fantasy/horror with clips of the above shows and films comparing modern American television with classic German noir and Austrian horror films. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, please contact Kelly.lao@gahc.org, call (563) 322-8844 or visit www.gahc.org or visit the German American Heritage Center Facebook page.

September

September 1 – The Rock Island Historical Society will hold its Annual Picnic on Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 p.m. on the veranda of the Arsenal Island Golf Clubhouse. The menu will be fried chicken, baked beans, pasta salad, rolls, chips, cookies, coffee and tea. The meal will be prepared by the Golf Club Kitchen at a cost of $8.00 per person, including tax and tip. This event is open to both 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. The guest speaker will be Ms. Kelly Lao, Executive Director of the German American Heritage Center. Ms. Lao will present information about the German American Heritage Center’s origin and history. For reservations, please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email chiicaliinda@aol.com. Reservations are due by noon on Monday, August 29th. Cancellations must also be made by the reservation deadline or you will be liable for cost incurred and billed accordingly. Please use the Moline gate to enter the Arsenal. Anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid picture I.D. to enter. For more information or questions, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518.

September 12 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The speaker will be Author Linda McCann who will discuss Prohibition in Iowa. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. The meeting is free and open to all. Parking is in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets or around the library building. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com.

September 15 – Preserve Iowa Summit in Davenport, Iowa. This event runs through September 17th. Come learn from numerous historians and officials from the State of Iowa discuss preservation and local history. Events also include on-site tours of different historic locations. Please visit the City of Davenport website at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com for more information on programs and to register. Special registration through August 15th.

September 16 – Preserve Iowa Summit in Davenport, Iowa. This event runs through September 17th. Come learn from numerous historians and officials from the State of Iowa discuss preservation and local history. Events also include on-site tours of different historic locations. Please visit the City of Davenport website at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com for more information on programs and to register. Special registration through August 15th.

September 17 – Preserve Iowa Summit in Davenport, Iowa. This event runs through September 17th. Come learn from numerous historians and officials from the State of Iowa discuss preservation and local history. Events also include on-site tours of different historic locations. Please visit the City of Davenport website at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com for more information on programs and to register. Special registration through August 15th.

September 17 – Gold Coast House Tours 10:00 – 4:00. This year’s home tour will focus on five homes related to F. G. “Fritz” Claussen. 532 W. 7th Street, 624 W. 6th Street, 705-711 Gaines Street, 712 W. 8th Street, and 817 W. 7th Street in Davenport. Tickets are $10/adult with children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. There is an option to register for this event when registering for the Preserve Iowa Summit. Tickets will also be sold the day of the tours at each home on the tour. Parking is located in the neighborhoods or in the parking lot at on the north side of 5th Street between Western Avenue and Scott Street. Limited shuttle service is available from that parking lot to the houses during tour hours. For more information, please visit www.davenportgoldcoast.org or contact Sara Bartholomew at sbartholomew@mchsi.com or (563) 322-8911 or Marion Meginnis at marion_meginnis@msn.com or (563) 326-3290.

September 18 – Gold Coast House Tours 12:00 – 4:00. This year’s home tour will focus on five homes related to F. G. “Fritz” Claussen. 532 W. 7th Street, 624 W. 6th Street, 705-711 Gaines Street, 712 W. 8th Street, and 817 W. 7th Street in Davenport. Tickets are $10/adult with children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. There is an option to register for this event when registering for the Preserve Iowa Summit. Tickets will also be sold the day of the tours at each home on the tour. Parking is located in the neighborhoods or in the parking lot at on the north side of 5th Street between Western Avenue and Scott Street. Limited shuttle service is available from that parking lot to the houses during tour hours. For more information, please visit www.davenportgoldcoast.org or contact Sara Bartholomew at sbartholomew@mchsi.com or (563) 322-8911 or Marion Meginnis at marion_meginnis@msn.com or (563) 326-3290.

September 20 – The Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Education Center, 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. This month the program will be “Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors” Webinar presented by Tammy Castagnoli.

October

October 3 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. The speaker will be Jessica Mirasol, Supervisor of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library. Ms. Mirasol will be discussing what is new in the Special Collections Department. The Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch is located at 321 Main Street in Davenport. The meeting is free and open to all. Parking is in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets or around the library building. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com.

October 7 – Gardens in Art: French Impressionism will be featured at Fridays at Deere-Wiman. at 3:00 p.m. This program will be presented by art historian Carol Ehlers. Ehlers will use images from the Art Institute of Chicago collection, where she volunteers, in her program. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments served after. The Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 11th Avenue, Moline, IL. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2700.

October 18 – Imani Winds featured at Music at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. This wind quintet bridges European, American, African, and Latin American traditions. This event is part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad City Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served after. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2700.

October 25 – The Rock Island County Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Education Center, 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. This month the evening will be dedicated to doing research. There will be no fees to do research for RICIGS members.

November

November 7 – The Scott County Genealogical Society (SCIGS) Annual Dinner and meeting. This event will be held at the American Legion Hall in Davenport. Ellis Kell will provide the entertainment. For more information, please email scigscorsec@yahoo.com. Everyone is invited to attend. Reservations are required.

November 7 – The amazing voice of contemporary music, Kavita Shah, will be featured at Music at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Shah is a singer, composer, and arranger of jazz based music. Traditional Indian tablas and West African kora are also part of her repertoire. This event is part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad City Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served after. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2700.

November 10 – The Rock Island County Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Doors open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. This meeting will take place at Jake O’s Grill at 2900 Blackhawk Road, Rock Island, IL. The presentation will be “White House Weddings & Presidential Marriages” by Tom Emery. Please visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilbgsrim/calendar-of-events/calendar.html for more details.

December

December 7 – Singer-songwriter and violinist, J. M. James, will be featured at Music at Butterworth at 7:00 p.m. His music has been described as ranging from contemporary to folk to R&B. This event is part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad City Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments served after. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street, Moline, IL. For more information please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-2700.

December 4 – 19th Century Christmas at the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House. Come visit these historic homes decorated for the holidays. Activities include a visit from Santa Claus, performance by the Moline Boys Choir, face painting, caricature artist, art show, children’s make and take crafts, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. The Butterworth Center is located at 1105 – 8th Street and the Deere-Wiman House is located at 817 – 11th Avenue, both in Moline. For more information, please visit www.butterworthcenter.com or call (309) 743-7200.

 

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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