Closed for Memorial Day
The Davenport Public Library will be closed
Monday, May 27, 2013
For Memorial Day
We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, at 9:30.
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- How did people keep cool before air-conditioning was invented?
In the 1890s, they used the River!
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Author Archives: swesson
If you were fortunate enough to attend the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society meeting on the first of June, you learned all sorts of interesting things about early English records from Pam Langston. One thing that really surprised me is … Continue reading
The beginning of June this year brings two things to my mind: high school graduations and the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Thinking of those, I began to peruse our year book collection in Special Collections. The 1942, 1943, and 1944 … Continue reading
After something of a delay, it’s finally looking like spring in the Quad-Cities: the weather is warmer, the boats are on the Mississippi . . . and the orange construction barrels are in full bloom. The promise of bridge delays … Continue reading
In 2001, our own Karen, along with several volunteers, began interviewing local residents for a World War II/Korean War Oral History Project. Our Oral History Collection now includes the war-related stories of 74 veterans, former civilian workers, and even a war bride … Continue reading
The city of Davenport was named after Colonel George Davenport. This is fairly well known—at least to most residents of the Quad-Cities—although every once in a while, we still receive a question concerning the invention and manufacturing of long, squared-off … Continue reading
New to the Special Collections Center’s Iowa vital records microfilm cabinet is Lee County. Thirty-five rolls of births, delayed births, deaths, marriages and even a few naturalizations are ready for use the next time you come in. Lee County is … Continue reading
On this day in 1836, the City of Davenport was platted and named. In order to understand the weight of history behind that simple sentence, one would have to look back at least to the treaty, signed on September 21, 1832, … Continue reading
Because our Center can’t purchase every family history available, and because some family histories are beyond the reach of the usual library selection resources, we rely on donations—and the Scott County Genealogy Society—to keep our collection of nine-twenty-nine-point twos* thriving. … Continue reading
We felt like bragging this week, so we’ve brought out a brief list of some of the statewide or national things that happened first in Davenport. In rough chronological order: The first locomotive in Iowa was delivered in Davenport on … Continue reading
A recent addition to our Archive & Manuscript collection has brought to the forefront visions of Davenport drama and theater clubs. Davenport’s Friendly House was an early supporter of this creative outlet, first providing the venue for the “Friendly House … Continue reading