The library will be closed
Saturday, July 4th
in observance of Independence Day.
RSSC’s Featured Image
T. J. Kelley
Our featured image this month is a portrait of Mr. T. J. Kelley, photographed by J. B. Hostetler ca. 1918. We do not know anything about him other than his name, but we chose him because he is perfectly attired for the type of weather we have been having lately.
For your convenience, please explore our page of upcoming genealogical and local history events in the Quad-City area.
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Category Archives: Local History
It’s National Poetry Month and we can think of no better way to celebrate than to remind everyone that Davenport has been the home of quite a few nationally acclaimed poets in its time. Charles Eugene Banks (b. 1852 – … Continue reading
The Davenport Public Library will be closed this Friday and our staff hopes to enjoy the Spring weather . . . whatever that turns out to be. As those of us who live here know all too well, Calendar Spring … Continue reading
Do you have home movies on VHS that you can’t watch? Boxes of audio cassette tapes in your garage leftover from when you traded in your old car? LP records in your hall closet and no turntable? We have … Continue reading
The Library is well aware of the importance of women to the history of Davenport—without them, our library wouldn’t exist—so in honor of this year’s National Women’s History Month, we thought we’d mention some of the Davenport women who were … Continue reading
It’s no secret that family photographs forge connections to the past. We may never have met Aunt Betsy or Great-Grandpa Milton, but we can see ourselves in their faces and learn something of our family circumstances through their clothes and … Continue reading
While most of us want to stay inside on cold, snowy February days, there are those who don’t mind the weather as long as they are able to get out in the fresh air. That is apparently how six prisoners … Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is for couples, so what better way to celebrate than by sharing some of the lovely photographs of Davenport couples taken by the Hostetler Studios? Dr. William A. & Sadie Benadom, [ca. 1905] Dr. Benadom owned and managed … Continue reading
Rhomberg’s Fur and Leather Gallery, the last of the Quad-City furriers, recently announced that it will be going out of business, after nearly eighty years in Davenport. The family-owned retailer, which was established in Dubuque in 1907, was first listed … Continue reading