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The Polar Bear Regatta

Fifty years ago this week, the Lindsay Park Sailing Club was preparing to hold its 12th Polar Bear Regatta on the Mississippi River. The annual sailing race was advertised in the September 26th, 1971 edition of Davenport Times-Democrat with these … Continue reading

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Davenport in Iowa City and Des Moines

In order to answer questions about the history of Davenport and its people, our reference staff might call upon resources outside the RSSC Center’s own collections and those of other historical organizations in the immediate area. The State Historical Society … Continue reading

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SPECIAL EVENT!! SPECIAL EVENT!! #Iowa175 Celebration!!

#Iowa175 Celebration at The Library | MAIN this Thursday, August 19th from 4:30-7:30 PM, kicking off the Alternating Currents weekend with a fun event of history, music, and culture celebrating the 175th anniversary of Iowa’s statehood! This free event features … Continue reading

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He “Spoke for the Trees” of Davenport

What better way to celebrate Earth Day 2021 and the flowering of spring than to feature this charming addition to our collection, the “Therapeutic Chart for Street Trees,” by Philip Hunter Tunnicliff. According to the author’s foreword, the chart 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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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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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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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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Turkey Notes of Note!

It’s time to take out our stash of colored paper and puns and write those Turkey Notes! Luckily, the weather is conspiring to keep us all indoors this week, so you should have plenty of time to lovingly craft a special … Continue reading

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Guess who’s on the Network to Freedom?

We always knew Oakdale Cemetery was a special place, but it took students from Nebraska to prove it to the National Park Service. A while back, a group of Arlington High School honor students came to Davenport to research the … Continue reading

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