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DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH, IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAYAll three branches – Normal business hours will resume Saturday, April 8th.
DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH for staff in-service, All three branches.  Normal business hours will resume Friday, April 28th
DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 29TH IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAYAll three branches – Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, May 30th
DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED MONDAY, JUNE 19TH IN OBSERVANCE OF JUNETEETH, All three branches – Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, June 20th
DAVENPORT PUBLIS LIBRARY CLOSED TUESDAY, JULY 4TH IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDANCE DAY, All three branches – Normal business hours will resume Wednesday, July 5th

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, unless otherwise announced – Programs will be announced as they become available. 
Meeting will be held 1st Saturday of each month with the following exception:  September the 2nd Saturday — No meeting in January or July
–April 1, 2023, 1-3pm — Presentation will be held in person and virtually on Zoom “Dying to Discover Records at the Scott County Court House” – Shar Blevins will share with us the types of records one can use to find information about deceased ancestors in the Scott County Court House.
–May 6, 2023, 1-3pm — Presentation will be held in person and virtually on Zoom – IAGenWeb Project” – Lynn McCleary will share information about her experiences with the IAGenWeb.  IAGenWeb is part of the USGenWeb Project, a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.  The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.  Lynn McCleary, from Muscatine, has been a volunteer coordinator since 2007.  Today she manages the websites for Muscatine, Cedar, Louisa, and Carroll Counties and is the temporary coordinator for Scott, Hamilton, and Jackson Counties.
–June 3, 2023, 1-3pm — Inspiration for Discovering and Writing Your Family’s History (In person & Online) – Jeri Fuller Surad will share her work in discovering her family history and sharing it with others.  Additional information on DPL LibCal Calendar. – In person & virtual
–July 2023 – No meeting
–August 5, 2023, 1-3pm — What is a Lineage Society? Panel Discussion – Learn about four lineage societies. The panelists will share brief introductions of how they got into genealogy and their particular groups and what activities they focus on.  A round table of questions where whoever has comments about the topic can share them.  Panelists:  Sally Schulz, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America-Iowa Registrar — Mary Gardner-Karcher, Center for Belgian culture and Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society – In person & virtual
–September 2023 – To be announced
–October 7, 2023, 1-3pm — What’s New in Special Collections? Richards-Sloane Special Collections, Supervisor, Kathryn Kuntz, will share what projects and changes happened in 2023.  In person & DPL YouTube
–November 2023 – To be announced – SCIGS 50th Anniversary!
–December 2023 – To be announced

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

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.
–Thursday, May 4, 2023 – Disaster Planning for the Archives – 2:00-3:00pm, Online – How to prepare for potential disasters including what to buy and who to connect with when urgent situations happen. — They will share a list of vendors for all your archival product’s needs! Virtual link – https://us02web.zoomus/j/86564810983


Rock Island Arsenal Lecture Series – Presented by Rock Island Arsenal, John Kevin Braafladt, the Army Sustainment Command Historian
— Second Wednesdays of the month at DPL Eastern Library Meeting Room A — Presentation information will also be posted on as becomes available
–March 8, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:00pm -Rock Island Arsenal ASC Series: WOW’s & Riveters: Women Workers at Rock Island Arsenal
–April 12, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:00pm – Rock Island Arsenal ASC Series: The Quad Cities supports Defense of the Nation – Speaker Kevin Braafladt exploring the history of the Rock Island Arsenal and American military conflicts throughout the years.
–May 10, 2023 – 6:00pm-7:00pm – Rock Island Arsenal ASC Series:  The 38th Parallel:  The Pre-War Struggle on the Korean Peninsula – Speaker Kevin Braafladt

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”
–New temporary exhibit January 28 & runs through March 19 – “1968: A Folsom Redemption” is a collection of photographs and memories of two journalists lucky enough to be among a handful of witnesses to the historic Johnny Cash concerts at Folsom Prison.  This candid and personal exhibition covers a critical juncture in the career of Johnny Cash, one of the twentieth century’s most beloved performers.
–March 16, 2023, Thursday 6:00pm-7pm VirtualThe Hoover’s and Mining, Speaker: Elizabeth Dinchel, director of the National Mining Hall of Fame in Colorado.  She was previously the education archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and has vast knowledge on both subjects.  Registration link (Once registered, you will receive a link to participate on the webinar.
–April 20, 2023, Thursday 6:00pm-7pm Virtual – An Audio-Visual Potpourri will showcase a variety of favorite still images in collection and share some Hoover home movies, newsreel films, and point out a few unusual items in the Hoover archives. – Speaker: Lynn Smith, audio-visual archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. – Registration link (Once registered, you will receive a link to participate on the webinar.)
–May 18, 2023, Thursday 6:00-7pm VirtualHoover and Criminal Justice Reform – Speaker: Professor James Calder, University of Texas at Austin – Registration link

Civic Air Patrol Lecture Series
–March 29, 2023Wednesday 6:00pm-7pm – DPL Eastern Library Meeting Room A – United States Air Force @ 75 – Join the Civil Air Patrol in recounting its history in the Quad Cities and nationally.  the Civil Air Patron is celebrating its 7th anniversary.  It opened a new chapter in aviation with the establishment of the United States air force.  As we reflect on the last 75 years, we’ll examine some of the most significant accomplishments as we look toward an exciting future.

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 –
2023 Workshops:
–May 13thNewspapers, Lori Longenecker
–July 8thFamily Search Update, Chris & Allen Thompson
-Sep 9thClan Research, Jim Dougherty
–Nov 11thPolish Research, Nathan Augustine

German Heritage Center & Museum
712 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA – 563-322-8844