Category Archives: Library

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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Time to Talk Turkey (Notes)

Yes, it’s that time of year, when we in SC nag request Turkey Notes from library staff and present them to you. You’re welcome! If you aren’t aware of the Turkey Note tradition, our best explanation is here. But honestly, … Continue reading

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The Library Will Be Closed for Veterans Day!

The Davenport Public Library will be closed Monday,  November 12, to honor those who fought so that we can be free. However, the Special Collections Center will be open Sunday, November 11, from 1 — 4pm for genealogy and local … Continue reading

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Just Shelved: Family Trees, Hoosier Histories, and a Generous Legacy

Donald and Marietta Southwood were both long-time supporters of our Special Collections Center. They worked countless volunteer hours indexing and organizing resources and assisting patrons with their research. Mrs. Southwood passed away April 1, 2005, and Mr. Southwood followed on … Continue reading

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Local History Film Screening–and More!

As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, we will be having a special screening of local history film footage from our Archive & Manuscript Collections. The films will be shown this Saturday, October 20th at 1:30pm in the Film Room, … Continue reading

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