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Beginning Genealogy Class and Genealogy Night!

In honor of National Family History Month, we’re offering a FREE Beginning Genealogy Class this Saturday October 10th from 9:30-10:30am at the Main Street Library. Learn how to get started researching your family history using the materials (and staff!) at the library. … Continue reading

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1925 Iowa State Census

This month as the Davenport Public Library celebrates The Big Read with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby we are exploring the 1925 Iowa State Census which you may search for free on Family Search. Unlike the Federal … Continue reading

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The Big Read: The Great Gatsby comes to Davenport Public Library!

Were the roaring twenties really the berries or just all wet (in 1920’s slang)? Maybe it depended on who you were or the people you associated with that would answer that question. Many authors of the time debated the idea … Continue reading

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Volunteer Round-Up

Love genealogy and local history? Ever wonder what we do in Special Collections? Have some spare time? Come on down for our special interest meeting on Monday, September 21 at 11:00am. You’ll get a “behind-the-scenes” tour and learn how you may … Continue reading

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Boniger’s Fancy Chicks

September is National Chicken Month! It’s the perfect time to share one of our favorite photos from the Hostetler Studio Collection, Mr. Boniger’s prize winning chicken. Emil C. Boniger won many prizes for his chickens, as you can see from this … Continue reading

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School Days: The new schools of 1940

Summer vacation has ended in Davenport as children returned to school this past Monday. We thought to celebrate this occasion by revisiting the Fall of 1940. Seventy-five years ago, many of Davenport’s students were entering the hallways and classrooms of … Continue reading

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Road Construction: Photographic glimpses of past projects

We once again are surrounded by road construction in Davenport. If you are planning on visiting us at Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library – Main Street branch between now and the end of December please remember … Continue reading

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She’s a Real Go-Getter: Wilma Zabel at the 1925 Iowa State Fair

In late August and early September of 1925, Misses Wilma Zabel and Gertrude Koch of the Lincoln Township Go-Getters 4-H Club represented Scott County at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Their demonstration on the making of hooked rugs did … Continue reading

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The Rock Island Independents – Finding the Davenport Football Connection

This week as football training camps are about to start we thought to look back to one early local Illinois team. We felt sure we would find a Davenport connection. We found not only a Davenport connection, but a pretty amazing national football … Continue reading

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