Category Archives: Local History

The Library Will Be Closed April 3rd — Dress Accordingly!

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

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We’re History(Pin)!

As some of you have already discovered, we’ve recently started adding historical images from our collections to HistoryPin.org! Why the excitement? Check out this description from HistoryPin’s FAQ: HistoryPin was created to help people to come together from across different … Continue reading

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New Digital Conversion Station (featuring the Quad Cities U.S.A. song!)

  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

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Anything You Can Do…

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

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Join Our Family Album!

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

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The Great February Escape

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

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Lovely Couples of Davenport

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

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Introducing LibGuides!

One of the biggest challenges of doing genealogy and local history research is that there are so many different places to look for records and information. We have indexes and databases to help, of course, but we have to remember … Continue reading

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Rhomberg’s: A Look Back at 80 Years of Fashion Forward

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

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The St. Elizabeth’s Tragedy: Part II of II

Please click here to read Part I. During the cold dark morning hours of January 7, 1950, St. Elizabeth’s, part of the Mercy Hospital Complex, had caught fire, placing 63 patients and 2 staff members in danger.* Before fire fighters and … Continue reading

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