Area Genealogical and Local History Events



December 1 – Scott County Genealogical Society Monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Film Room of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street Branch. Topics include exploring the new SCIGS website and sharing favorite web pages. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. Parking around the building or in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

December 4 – The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Veranda Room of the Arsenal Island Golf Course Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie Street on the Rock Island Arsenal. The menu for dinner is Mixed Green Salad with balsamic vinaigrette and fresh vegetables, baked honey glazed ham with roasted new potatoes and grilled squash, chocolate cake with caramel cream for dessert. All dinners include rolls, bread sticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00/person including tip and tax. This event is open to both members and non-members. Interested persons may choose to attend only the Program Portion of the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at no cost. Guest speakers will be Historical Society members Carolyn Draper-Math and Jolene Keeney who will discuss the 175 years history of the First Presbyterian Church. Reservations are required. Please call Monica (563) 650-4349 or Linda (563) 355-6165 or email Linda at Reservations are due by noon on Monday, December 3rd. To cancel reservations the deadline is noon on December 3rd. After that time, individuals are responsible to pay for the meals reserved. For further information, please contact Kris Leinicke at (309) 782-3518. When entering the Rock Island Arsenal, individuals 16 and older must have a United States photo I.D. present. Please tell the guard you are attending an event at the Clubhouse. The Davenport Gate is closed during this time so please use the Rock Island or Moline gates to enter the island.

December 6 – The Gold Coast 2014 High Tea with one seating at 11:30 a.m. at the Henry Frahm/Dr. Carl Matthey house located at 321 W. 6th Street, Davenport. The cost is $35/person Early Bird pricing through October 25, 2014, also for Red Hat Members and +60 Members. For other participants, the price is $40. For more information or reservations please go to or email

December 6 – Andover Christmas Walk in Andover, IL from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. This family festive event includes the Jenny Lind Chapel located at 6th and Oak Streets in Andover.

December 7 – Zither Holiday Music & Peace Candle Ceremony featuring Kurt von Eckroth & Jeff Palenik with guests from Wisconsin and the German American Heritage Center’s Davenport Zither Ensemble. The Davenport Zither Ensemble is the largest of its kind in the United States. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 2363 West 3rd Street, Davenport at 2:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5. For more information please visit

December 7 – 19th Century Christmas at the Butterworth Center, Deere-Wiman House, Butterworth Education Center, and Deere-Wiman Carriage House from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. This festive and fun event is filled with traditional family activities. Join us for holiday decorations and family crafts at the Butterworth Center, 1105 – 8th Street, and the Deere-Wiman House, 817 – 11th Avenue, in Moline, IL. For more information, please call (309) 743-2701 or visit for more in-depth details including Santa’s visit.  

December 10 – 44th Annual Joy of Christmas Walk with Augustana College at 7:30 p.m. This event starts at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 628 6th Street in Andover, IL and ends at the candle-lit historic Jenny Lind Chapel at 6th and Oak Streets. Students and faculty from Augustana College add music to the event. For more information please contact (309) 521-8127 or visit

December 13 – The German American Heritage Center Bus Trip to see The Christmas Schooner Musical in Chicago at the Mercury Theater. The bus will leave at 7:00 a.m. Lunch on your own at Water Tower Place. 3:00 p.m. Matinee performance. Depart Chicago at 5:30 with dinner at your cost en route. Tickets $100/GAHC member or $115/non-member. Registration by November 15th. To register or more information please call (563) 322-8844.

December 14 – Christmas Tea at 3:00 p.m. at the beautifully decorated Quarters One, Rock Island Arsenal hosted by the Davenport House Historical Foundation. Cost is $25/person. To order tickets online go to or contact Judy Tumbleson at (309) 786-5980. When entering the Rock Island Arsenal, individuals 16 and older must have a United States photo I.D. present. Please tell the guard you are attending an event at Quarters One.

December 25 – 164th Annual Julotta at Augustana Church at 6:30 a.m. The choir anthem is in Swedish and the sermon in English. Augustana Church is located at 328 6th Street in Andover, IL. Please visit for more information.



January 3 – Open House and Monuments Men Weekend at the German American Heritage Center. Two showings of Monuments Men at the Figge Art Museum’s John Deere Auditorium. Admission $5 with showings at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

January 4 – Nancy Trask of Winterset, IA will give two presentations on the real Monuments Men at the German American Heritage Center at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Admission is free all day! We welcome old friends and new to this Open House event with exhibits on display from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Center is located at 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Parking in the lot behind the museum. For more information please contact Kelly (563) 322-8844 or email You may also visit for more information.

January 14 – Lawrence Bay will speak on “It Started in the Quad Cities: Sliced Bread, Chiropractic Medicine, Innovations in Farm and Construction Equipment, and more.” at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


February 11 - Outgoing President Lawrence Bay will speak program highlights over the past two years at the Port Byron Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Valley District Library. Everyone is invited to attend. The library is located at 214 S. Main Street, Port Byron, IL. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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 ( 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:


      If you could please fill our our online research request form on our website (, 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……


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