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Food Fantasies

Do you associate particular foods with specific events or places? I was watching the Wimbledon tennis tournament and immediately wanted strawberries and cream. Viewing the John Deere Classic golf tournament on TV made me recall the delicious pork chop sandwiches … Continue reading

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Pie Eating – Davenport Playground Style

Almost 60 years ago, 40 youngsters with empty stomachs prepared for a contest of feasting upon desserts of apple, cherry, boysenberry, or pineapple. We found this playful article while we were doing research and knew we had to write about … Continue reading

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Summer Living: The Summer Porch

We’ve been enjoying cool breezes the past two days after a streak of hot and humid Midwestern weather. This unexpected cool down has brought many of us outside to enjoy the fresh air away from our air conditioned homes. All … Continue reading

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Reading Colors Your World: Colorized Postcards

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is Reading Colors Your World. We found some beautifully colorized postcards in our collection and thought it would be interesting to compare them to the black & white versions of the same image. We … Continue reading

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River Bend Vision: United Voice of Pride

River Bend Vision was a non-profit organization with the goal of “reaching out and providing a means of communication to gays and lesbians.” Their magazine/newsletter was published monthly beginning in June 1989, then bi-monthly from September 1990 through December 1991. … Continue reading

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#Iowa175

Iowa will celebrate the 175th anniversary of statehood this winter on December 28, 1846! Our department has been trying to spread the word and bring attention to the event in some small ways. We have been posting little bits of … Continue reading

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The Moaning Ghost of Esplanade Avenue

It was early summer in 1891 when talk began about the screams and moans coming from the woods near Esplanade Avenue in East Davenport. Those screams and moans sounded like a woman in distress, but no woman was ever seen. … Continue reading

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Early Horticultural Pursuits in Scott County, Iowa

On Tuesday evening, April 26, 1859, in the Davenport law offices of Howard Darlington, Esq., a constitution was adopted by a gathering of Scott County residents interested in forming a Horticultural Society. [1] The second article of the constitution announced … Continue reading

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AAPI Heritage – Vietnamese Refugees in the Quad Cities

By the summer of 1975, the first of the Vietnam War refugees evacuated from their country by U.S. forces began to arrive in the Quad-Cities. Organizations in Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline had pledged to help these families find housing … Continue reading

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A Club for Singing and Fellowship: the Northwest Davenport Liedertafel Ladies

On March 24, 1885, a small group of German immigrants organized to form the Northwest Davenport Liedertafel with ten active members, one of which was P.N. Jacobsen, and six passive members with Henry Restorf as music director (“Liedertafel has Big … Continue reading

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