Davenport Public Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Nov 28, 2017

The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1965.
Credit Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

You're invited to spend next year looking at the Quad Cities' past.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Davenport Library, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center has put together a calendar with photographs from its archives. 

Assistant Library Director, Michael Priest, says the calendar features multiple places and events from the Quad Cities' past.

"The main thing was just, rather than perhaps the money, was just getting the word out about our special collections department and what they do.  We thought the calendar was a good way to highlight that because all the photos that were in it are sourced from our special collections.  They're from originals that we possess at the library."

150 orphans arrive in Davenport in 1865.
Credit Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

The photographs include, the Centennial Bridge under construction, the first orphans that came to live at the Iowa Soldiers' Orphan's Home in 1865, later known as the Annie Wittenmyer Home, the Great Mississippi River Flood in 1965, and a concert by the rock group Styx at the Mississippi Valley Fair in 1978.

All of the proceeds will go to the Special Collections Center for research in genealogy and local history.The calendars will be on sale until the end of the year and cost ten dollars.