Category Archives: Local History

A Little Poinsettia Magic: Vander Veer Park Style

In advance of Poinsettia Day next week (December 12th), we thought we would share some Poinsettia exhibit pictures from the old Conservatory at Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport. The Conservatory featured in these images was built in 1897 and … Continue reading

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20 Years of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center celebrates 20 years since its dedication on November 26, 1999. It was a culmination of years of effort and dedication come to fruition, ensuring Loren Ted and Alice (Richardson) Sloane’s dream of a “premiere genealogy … Continue reading

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The Sauk and Fox of the Mississippi Valley

The following publications, many of which are available at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, represent differing views of the native peoples who inhabited this region in the early 19th century. With the exception of Black Hawk’s Autobiography (originally published in … Continue reading

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Turkey Notes: The 2019 additions

Please type the words Turkey Notes into the search bar on the right to find past Turkey note blogs. Thanksgiving is fast approaching so we thought we would try to get in the holiday mood this week. For those individuals … Continue reading

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In Commemoration of Veterans Day: Lieutenant Edward R. Guyer

The observance of Armistice Day began officially on May 13, 1938, through an act of legislation. The holiday was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’” (52 Stat. 351; 5 … Continue reading

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A Tragic Love Triangle of 1879

To most residents in the apartment above the J. M. Glaspell Grocery Store at 215 East 3rd Street life may have seemed happy and content. Harry C. Watt was the head of that household. At age 31 years, Harry was … Continue reading

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Quad Cities Archives Fair This Saturday 10/26!

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center will join libraries, archives, and museums from around the area at the Quad Cities Archives Fair this Saturday, October 26, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the German American Heritage Center, 712 W 2nd St. in Davenport. Institutions … Continue reading

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Paranormal Investigating in 1911?

We came across an interesting query from The Daily Times this week. We aren’t sure if this falls into the category of ghost hunting. Unfortunately, we do not know if the Davenport reader received any replies. So far no update … Continue reading

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Local Hispanic History on Display

We are lucky to have a collection of items relating to local Hispanic history currently on loan and on display at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The majority of the collection relates to the Cook’s Point neighborhood formerly located in … Continue reading

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Scott County Farmer’s Institute Collection

Scott County Farmer’s Institute was organized on February 13, 1896, in Eldridge, Iowa by a group of local men interested in supporting and disseminating “practical and Scientific knowledge pretaining [sic] to agriculture in all its various branches” to farmers in … Continue reading

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