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 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.
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 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