Explore The Past At The Rock Island County Historical Society

My feeling is that it is important to explore the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future. With this in mind, I went with my antique club to take a tour of the Rock Island County Historical Society. Located since 1962 in the historical area of Moline, Illinois, across from the Deere-Wiman Home and Butterworth Center, the volunteer-run historical society has been in existence since 1905. In the past decade, there have been many changes and additions to the museum and research facilities.

The Rock Island County Historical Society is located in the 1870s Atkinson-Peek home with the research library adjoining the structure. The home is a museum and we took the guided tour given by one of the society volunteers. Tours of the museum are available by appointment. Call 309-764-8590.

The Living Room Of The Home Features Paintings Of Mr. Hugh W. Gilchrist And Mrs. Mary Weir Gilchrist.

The house is beautifully decorated and filled with antiques of the time period as well as historically significant locally made products of the past. There is a military history room, toy room, dining room, living room, and bedrooms. My antique group and I agreed that there is something for all interests on the tour.

Stewartsville (Once Located On The Hill Of 16th Street In Moline) Postal Station Element From The 1800’s
Dining Room
Hand Painted China by Mrs. Poole, A Local China Painter Of The Past
Abraham’s Chocolates Box Made In Moline
Victory Garden Poster




Riverside Stove Made In Rock Island, Illinois


Vintage Dresses


Hand Woven Textile

I learned that the historical society is useful to local and visiting genealogists as well as to the academic community, the news media, and to businesses. If your ancestors lived in Rock Island County, it is probable that information can be found about them. One of my friends and I plan to spend some cold winter afternoons in the warmth of the Rock Island County Historical Society doing research on our homes and family.  I suggest taking time to appreciate the roots of the area by taking a tour of the museum and research library. You may become interested in doing some research of your own!

Research Library Area

Research Library And Museum Of The Rock Island County Historical Society

822 11th Avenue, Moline, Illinois

309-764-8590 or www.richs.cc

Library Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tours by appointment



About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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2 comments on “Explore The Past At The Rock Island County Historical Society

  1. As Curator of the Historic Society Museum, I am so pleased with this article of yours. It was sent to me by Deb, Director of the Hauberg Estate. We’re all friends. We have done more renovation since you took these photos, and would love to have you come and visit again…..not just as a journalist, but as a FRIEND of RICHS, a VOLUNTEER or maybe as a MEMBER. Thank you for this very nice write-up. Wishing you and wonderful New Year. Ann Bennington Robinson

    1. Thank you, Ann. I do plan to come and do some research of my own on my 100+ year old house.
      I am so happy that you enjoyed my piece as much as I enjoyed my visit to the Historic Society.
      Deborah Doehler

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