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Richardson-Sloane Collection Center – Genealogical/family history research -Local history research.  Special collections is open!  You can visit or send requests to them or to SCIGS . Questions:  Special Collections:  call 563-326-7902 or emailing  — SCIGS Corresponding Secretary:

Monthly meetings will be held on Saturdays at 1:00pm at the Davenport Main Street Library – Large Meeting Room – To be held in person and virtually.  Registration will be required for both on DPL Libcal.  Programs will be announced as they become available 
–No July meeting
–August 6, 1-3pm — Rock Island Arsenal Confederate and Union Cemeteries Overview and Resources – Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment command Deputy Historian at the Rock Island Arsenal, will speak about the history and resources available to those interested in learning about the Rock Island Arsenal Confederate and Union Cemeteries. – Online link:
–September 10, 1-3pm — Now its out! – Using the 1950 Census with Anne Thomas and Karen O’Connor – Online link:
–October 1, 1-3pm — What’s New in Special Collections?  – Presentation is about what is new at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Supervisor, Kathryn Kuntz, will be sharing what project and changes have happened in 2022.  Online link:
–November 5, 1-3pm — Annual Dinner Meeting – Murder and Madness: Tales from Local Cemeteries
–December 3, 1-3pm


Additional information can be found at

Opening the Box Series
 – Davenport Public Library-Richardson-Sloane Special Collections -First Friday of every month to explore and learn about the curious world of archives and manuscripts at the Richard-Sloane Special Collections.  Each month a different topic relating to the use and study of archives and manuscripts.  They will feature collections and examples of relevant materials during each presentation. – Further information & how to attend by going to Library Calendar, Davenport
–Friday, June 3, – 2:30pm-3:30pm – Ament, Inc: Early Scott County, Iowa Surveys and Plats Collection (Online You Tube) – Presentation link
–Friday,  July 1 – 2:30pm-3:30pm – The Gordon-Van Tine Company – Will explore our collections on the Davenport kit-house company Gordon-Van Tine. — Online YouTube.
–Friday, August 5, 2022 – 2:30-3:30pm – Area School Records – Will explore resources for Area School Records – YouTube.
–Friday, September 2, 2022 – 2:30-3:30pm – Alice French and Jane Allen Crawford Collection

Preservation Workshops – Davenport Public Library-Richardson-Sloane Special collections – Join in learning how to practically care for and preserve materials at home with tips and tricks from the staff of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center.  Each workshop will showcase different techniques and share applicable knowledge on creating tools and demonstrating methods of preservation for photographs, letters, books, and more.
–Tuesday, June 21 – 2-3pm – How-to for Handling Special Collections Materials – We will demonstrate How to best handle, and therefore preserve, different types of materials available for research here at the center – Link: YouTube
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 -Reformatting Materials:  From Physical to Microfilm and Microfiche – In this month’s Preservation Workshop,  we will discuss the topic of reformatting materials to the microfilm and microfiche format along with the benefits and challenges of doing so. We will highlight materials in our collection preserved this way.  This program is scheduled to be held virtually on YouTube.
–Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – 2-3pm – Book Pillows – Demonstrate how to make homemade book pillows.  Book pillows assist a reader or researcher in using books with fragile or light binding.  They also support any book by preventing spine cracking and other types of wear, – Link:  You Tube

Rock Island Arsenal 160th Anniversary Series Lecture Series – Presented by Rock Island Arsenal, John Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment Command Historian — Second Wednesdays, March-July, 6pm DPL Main & Virtual
– Presentation and registration information will also posted on as becomes available
–July 13, 2022 – Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm – Rock Island Arsenal 160th Anniversary Series:  A Grand National Arsenal – This program is scheduled to be held in person and virtually.  Virtual link   – The event will also be recorded and available on Davenport Public Library You Tube
–September 14, 20226:00-7:00pm – Rock Island Arsenal 160th Anniversary Series:  Production:  Rock Island Arsenal by the numbers – This program is scheduled to be held in person and virtually.  Virtual Link – The event will also be recorded and available on Davenport Public Library You Tube

Hoover Museum and LibraryThird Thursday of every month – Registration information will be posted on – After you register you’ll receive a confirmation email with zoom link”
–June 16, 2022 – 6:00-7:00pm – Lou Henry Hoover: The Foundation of Girl Scouting Link

Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society (RICIGS)
–Check their website for current program information –

Davenport Iowa Family History Center
4929 Wisconsin, Davenport, IA – 563-386-7547 –
Hours vary contact 563-386-7547 before going out if we have bad weather.
–2022 Hours:  Starting Tuesday, 11 January, 10am-2pm & being open on Wednesdays until 8:00pm (Weather permitting)
–2022 Programs:

German American Heritage Center & Museum
712 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA – 563-322-8844 –
Current Exhibits — The German Immigrant Experience — Jugendstil:  Art for All
–Oma’s Haus: Highlights from the Home is now open on 3rd floor.  Explore holiday traditions and view items from the GAHC’s collection in this nostalgic display.
–Pieces of the Past:  Vintage Christmas Cards