Most of us have heard of Alexander Hamilton, whether it was in history class or from the very popular Broadway musical. He was a U.S. founding father and the first Secretary of the Treasury in the country. Admittedly, our current interest in him was pretty much non-existent until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical on the historical figure became a great obsession. But while we’re singing along and watching the story play out on the stage, it’s important to differentiate the fact versus fiction portions of the show — something Miranda notes himself in his own reflections of his masterpiece. The truth in history and the passion for Hamilton’s life is coming to Moline Public Library this summer.
The Quad Cities are home to many firsts. I love hearing about the history of our beloved region. Since I think we’re the best, it seems logical we’d also be first quite often.
Favorite Quad Cities Firsts:
The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.
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.
Last summer when my 38-year-old my husband told me he was looking into playing football again, I was a bit concerned. When he clarified it was a flag football game in Rock Island’s Douglas Park commemorating the first NFL game, I was intrigued.
The Quad Cities is a melting pot of cultures. Throughout September the heritage of this area on the Mississippi River will be celebrated through a mixture of events with the Latino, Celtic, Belgian, German cultures, the history of farming, and the regional artists that bring it to life.
If you’re ever looking for an afternoon adventure, I suggest planning a visit to Good’s Furniture in Kewanee, Illinois. It is about an hour’s drive outside of the Quad Cities area. While the main business of Good’s is a furniture store, I recently discovered that there is so much more to the establishment.
There are plenty of places to go with Dad this weekend and treat him to a fun Father’s Day weekend!
From now until April 10, the German American Heritage Center hosts “Crossing the Tracks of Time: QC Railroad History”, an exhibit about the development of the railroad in the Quad Cities.
The Quad Cities is filled with historical gems and great architecture. One of the most enjoyable ways to see them is to take a guided walking tour. Wear your favorite walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and an energy bar to experience history!