Area Genealogical and Local History Events

2015

January

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 kelly.lao@gahc.org. You may also visit www.gahc.org 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.

January 24 – Robert Burns Celebration & Dinner sponsored by the Scottish American Society of the QC. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel at 111 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA. Reservations are required by January 20, 2015. Cost is listed on the registration. For more information, please contact Judy Hawthorne at thornebj67@gmail.com or call (563) 391-9971.

January 25 – The German American Heritage Center will present a unique video on German Immigration to Scott County produced and shown on German television. The program was presented in Low German with High German subtitles. An English transcript will be provided for those attending. Scott County has become well-known in Germany for those studying the Low German language. The program will be presented at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5/Adults, $4/Seniors, $3 Children 5 – 17, and those under 5 are free. The Center is located at 712 West 2nd Street, Davenport with parking in the lot in the rear of the building. For more information, please contact Kelly at (563) 322-8844 or email Kelly.lao@gahc.org.

January 26 – River Valley 150th Anniversary Civil War Roundtable at 6:00 p.m. at the Port Byron Library, 214 S. Main Street. Discussion will include the 13th Amendment passing, Fort Fisher captured, Peace talks being arranged. For more information call Lawrence Bay at (309) 523-2046 or email apolnut@Hotmail.com. Everyone is invited to attend.

January 27 – Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “What started you in Genealogy?” at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

February

February 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting in the Film Room of the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch at 7:00 p.m. The program will be on The History of Nahant Marsh. The Main Street branch is located at 321 Main Street, Davenport. There is parking around the building or in the lot at the corner of 4th and Brady Streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.

February 5 – 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 is romaine salad tossed with Dijon Vinaigrette, fresh vegetables, braised beef brisket with tomato glaze, roasted mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli, and for dessert cream caramel.  All dinners include rolls, breadsticks, coffee, tea, and water. The total cost is $14.00/person including tax and tip. Guest speaker will be First Army Staff Judge Advocate, Colonel Jim Patterson. He will discuss the book he co-wrote: Fighting Today’s Wars: How America’s Leaders Have Failed its Warriors. This 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, February 2, 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. For more information please visit the RIA Historical Society’s Website at www.arsenalhistoricalsociety.org.

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.

February 12 – The Golden Age of Passenger Rail in the Quad-Cities and the Midwest presented by Curt Roseman in partnership with the Scott County Historic Preservation Society. At the Bettendorf Public Library from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. For more information please contact (563) 344-5705. This event is free and open to the public.

February 24 – Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “State Capital” presented by Rich Morthland at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

March

March 2 – Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting at the Davenport School Museum at 6:30 p.m. The program will be A Tour of the Fascinating Collection and the Museum. The School Museum is located at 1606 Brady Street in the lower level of the building.

March 24 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “The Button Factory in Muscatine” at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend.

March 27 – 12th Annual Henry Farnam Dinner celebrating the life and work of Government Bridge designer Ralph Modjeski. Mr. Modjeski began his career with the 1896 Government Bridge design and ended it helping with the first span of the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge (now the I-74 bridge). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:20 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person with cash bar. The event will be held at the Jumer’s Hotel & Casino at 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island, IL. For more information or to make reservations please go to www.riveraction.org.

April

April 25 – 41st Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Viking Club of Moline. The Viking Club is located at 1450 41st Street, Moline, IL. More information will be coming on this event.

April 28 - Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society meeting at 7:00 p.m. The program will be “Cemetery Art Symbolism” presented by Laurel Mellien at the Butterworth Center. The Center is located at 701 12th Avenue, Moline, IL. 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 (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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