Category Archives: Library

A Panoramic Peek: The Oak Knoll Mansion

Those of you who subscribe to the Quad-City Times may have seen the recent articles by Alma Gaul concerning the historical Oak Knoll mansion and its designer Jens Jensen. The articles (here and here, if you missed them), include several … Continue reading

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Library Closed for the Fourth!

The Davenport Public Library will be closed on Thursday, in celebration of the Fourth of July. We will resume our regular hours on Friday, July 5th.

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Library Leadership: Directors We Have Known

In honor of National Library Week, we thought we’d take a look at those who have led the Davenport Public Library over the past 111 years. Even with this brief amount of information, it’s interesting to note how the education, … Continue reading

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Marshal-ing our Resources

Recently, we explained how we uncovered that the man we—and everyone else—had thought was the first City Marshal of Davenport . . . wasn’t. But this had us researching what the City Marshal—a position that no longer exists—originally did, and when he stopped … Continue reading

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If At First You Don’t Know . . .

Sometimes all it takes is one misprint to throw our sense of history off for over 131 years. For at least that long, it was believed that George Colt was the first City Marshal of Davenport.  This was reinforced by … Continue reading

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Second Sunday is Coming Up!

Our Special Collections Center will be open this Sunday (March 10th) from 1-4 pm for genealogy and local history research only—the rest of the Main library will not be open. Walk in through the Fourth Street door (behind the big … Continue reading

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Our “Special” visitors for 2012

Update: We had a visitor on the last week of the year from Christchurch, New Zealand! That is quite a long way away! _____________________________________________________________________________ In 2012, genealogists and history researchers came from all over the country (and the world!) to … Continue reading

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A Brief, More-or-less Musical Interlude

Our staff here at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center celebrate the winter holidays each year by exchanging cards, going out to dinner, mailing cards to our wonderful volunteers, and, in one unfortunate case, writing new lyrics to an old holiday song. Here … Continue reading

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Library Closings Ahead!

The Davenport Library System will be closed the following days:   December 23, 24, and 25 and December 30-31 and January 1   Otherwise, barring inclement weather, we will be open our regular hours. Happy Holidays!!

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Library Closed Wednesday for Renovations!

The Main Library (and our Center, too) will be closed for renovations on Wednesday, December 12.  We will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 13. Our Fairmount and Eastern Avenue branches will be open their regular hours, so if … Continue reading

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