Quad Cities Museum Week
June 8-16, 2019

museum weekCelebrate this annual June event in the Quad Cities.  Museum Week was created to celebrate our region’s museums, their amazing collections, stories, history, and their importance to communities.  In fact, with 16 participating museums to visit, there is something for everyone and for every interest.

During Quad Cities Museum Week, local museums offer discounts, special events/exhibits, or tours, making it the perfect time for families and friends to get out and explore.  Each participating museum features its own unique theme, history, galleries, and exhibits making each experience different.

You’ll also enjoy the new Scavenger Hunt this year, and of course, the Museum Geocache that is available throughout the year.

Come on out and explore!  Be sure to tweet and post about your Museum Week experiences using #qcmuseumweek.  To find out more about the event, the scavenger hunt, geocache, and all our museums are offering, go to www.qcmuseumweek.com.

The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society is the private support organization of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.  The society’s goal is to support the programs of the museum and the museum’s mission to illustrate Arsenal Island history; its local and national contributions and impacts; and its activities in war and peace.

Established in 1972 to:

Bring together people interested in history, especially the history of Rock Island Arsenal;

Further an understanding of Arsenal Island and contributions made here to local, state and national governments;

Discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate Arsenal Island history and:
Its environs;
Its settlement/development;
Its activities in peace and war; and
Its contributions to education, art, science, culture, manufacturing, trade, and transportation;
Provide for the preservation of such material and for their accessibility;

Assist and cooperate with persons desiring to use such materials for research and creative work;

Preserve historic buildings, monuments, and markers;
Disseminate historical information;
Conduct historical research;
Provide informal educational programs;
Provide financial assistance to students of American history in the form of scholarships; and

Cooperate with other historical societies, libraries and museums, and governmental departments of records, archives, and history in furthering the interests of historical research, study, and the preservation of historical material and objects.

Links to other historical societies:

German American Heritage Center

Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House

Colonel Davenport House

Historical Maps for sale:

20X14 inch Peach Parchment Map of Rock Island Showing Government Property, Water Power and Fort Armstrong Drawn in 1859 and included the 1861 Appeal to Congress

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20X14 Map Showing Historical Spots in Vicinity of Rock Island from the Rock Island Daily Union July 25 1915

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21x14.5 inch Antique White Parchment Map of Rock Island Showing Government Property, Water Power and Fort Armstrong Drawn in 1859 and included the 1861 Appeal to Congress

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Quarters 1 Book

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Rock Island Arsenal DVD

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Contact Us

Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society
c/o Rock Island Arsenal Museum
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
Rock Island, IL 61299-5000