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.
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This year is the 13th Anniversary of River Action’s Explore the River Educational Series. From now until September 2nd there will be several different subjects covered, from history to wildlife to bridges presented through Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks.
Where were you on 9/11?
I was 12 years old, a few weeks into seventh grade. I got to my health class and noticed the TV was turned on. The teacher was standing in front of it, his hand at his mouth. Footage of the attacks. The planes crashing. The towers falling.
I remember the bus ride home was silent. As students were dropped off at their stops, their parents rushed out to meet them, cheeks wet.
By most accounts, I was still a child. I was shaken throughout the day – the week, the month, the year – but didn’t comprehend the attacks the same way an adult did.
Now that I’ve grown, I approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a new set of eyes, experiences and emotions.
I now know the story of Stephen Gerald Siller, one of the hundreds of FDNY firefighters who lost his life while saving others on 9/11. He was 34 years old.
Since I am a fan of short day trips, I think Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Illinois, is a must visit destination. Lavender Crest, which opened in 2004, is located on 9 acres of rich land. It is a special place to enjoy outside dining as well as indoor dining, special occasions and events. The outdoor dining area is on a shaded patio and looks out onto the vineyard and a large gazebo.
Do you like cool places?
The Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House are located in the Overlook District of Moline, Illinois, at 1105-8th Street, Moline. Both historic homes once belonged to John Deere’s descendants but are now operated by the William Butterworth Foundation.
You can check out the tunnel tour at the Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, June 26 from 12-5 pm.
There are plenty of places to go with Dad this weekend and treat him to a fun Father’s Day weekend!
This month was my month to co-host my antique club with my friend, Abby. We decided to use the Hauberg Center in Rock Island for our monthly meeting.
When my friend, Mary Kay, came to visit last weekend from Minnesota, I thought the best place to enjoy the beautiful fall weather was in Rock Island at the Black Hawk State Historic Site, a hardwood forest in the middle of an urbanscape. As a teenager, I had spent many hours in those woods exploring with my friend, Mary, who lived in Watch Hill. We knew the trails like the back of our hand.
The Quad Cities’ Third Annual Tweed Ride will be held on Saturday, October 24, guaranteed to be a day of bicycle riding and silly fashion fun. Inspired by the original Tweed Run that takes place in London, it is one of many that have sprung up around the world over the past few years; from cities in Russia to Seattle, Des Moines to Buffalo, New York, Tweed Rides are catching on as a fun way to spend a day.
When my cousin and his wife from Colorado visited the Quad Cities a few weeks ago one of the first things that they wanted to experience was seeing the Mississippi River. I had given them a packet of brochures from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in Moline and they found a riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle to be most inviting to them.
We were happy to find that the Celebration Belle was doing a scenic cruise on July 4th at 2:00 p.m. so we took advantage of the perfect day! Being a local I was happy to see the number of tourists who were on the cruise. Everyone was excited to be able to take a leisurely and informative tour of the area on the historic river.