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Mark Your Calendars: Plus-60 Club Genealogy Event at the Library!

The Quad-City Times Plus-60 Club is hosting an Introduction to Genealogy Research Event on October 30 (this Thursday) from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Film Room of the Main Street Davenport Library. Following a presentation, given by our our … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Orphaned Limb of Oakdale Memorial Gardens

There are many mysteries to be found and puzzled over in our local cemeteries. The one that we are asked about most often is a simple headstone found at the end of a very long row in the Iowa Soldiers’ … Continue reading

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Scott County’s Rotten Bridge

If you read this blog, you already know how much we love solving local history mysteries around here. Our latest one, featuring a peculiar epitaph referring to a tragic death, is perfect not only for this chilly month known for … Continue reading

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A Postcard View: St. Luke’s Hospital 1898

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center recently received a donation of postcards showing different buildings and scenes around Davenport over the years. The above postcard is a black and white photo of St. Luke’s Hospital taken around 1898. The building was formerly the Daniel … Continue reading

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What are you doing this Sunday?

Are the nuts in your family tree so well hidden you suspect that squirrels may be involved? We in the Special Collections Center understand.  And we are once again opening our Center on a Sunday to give you a little … Continue reading

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A Genealogical Mystery: The Beiderbecke Family

The Beiderbecke name has been made internationally famous due to the talent and success of jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke. Locally, though, the Beiderbecke name has been well-known in the area since 1856 when Charles Beiderbecke, Bix’s grandfather, moved to Davenport … Continue reading

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Guess who’s on the Network to Freedom?

We always knew Oakdale Cemetery was a special place, but it took students from Nebraska to prove it to the National Park Service. A while back, a group of Arlington High School honor students came to Davenport to research the … Continue reading

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It Could Have Been Worse: The Centennial Bridge Freeway Proposal

As any Quad-Citian who regularly commutes over the Mississippi can tell you, the Centennial Bridge repair project is ongoing, a new construction project has started on the I-74 off ramps in Moline, and the barges keep stalling traffic over the … Continue reading

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A Small German Wedding with Schöne Schuhe

On September 26, 1912, at the early hour of 7:30 a.m., Miss Alma De Beaulieu, a bookkeeper for the Fair Store in Davenport and Dr. William C. Vollstedt, a veterinary surgeon, were married at the Holy Cross German Lutheran Church. … Continue reading

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Welcome, Jessica!

Jessica Mirasol, our new Archives Supervising Librarian, joined the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center crew on August 25! Jessica earned her Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006.  She … Continue reading

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