The American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society was
organized in 1989 to preserve the heritage of our Schleswig - Holstein
ASHHS is the only German Heritage Society dedicated to promoting and
preserving the heritage of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
The Society achieves its goals by:
Assisting, promoting and preserving an
interest in the heritage of Schleswig-Holstein.
Encouraging cultural exchanges, the study
of the language and dialects .
Publication of their ASHHS Newsletter
Creating a genealogy database & library
Offering genealogy research help for their
Maintaining an Endowment Fund that provides support of
current programs and expansion of society activities.
Research Library hours are 9-3 Tuesdays. Other days by
appointment only. Membership includes 6 issues of the Newsletter.
Quarterly programs open to the public are the 3rd Sunday of February, May,
August & November at 1 :30 pm at the address below.
American/Schleswig-Holstein Heritage Society P.O. Box 506,
121 W. Bryant Street - Walcott, IA 52773-0506
Tel & fax:
E-mail: email@example.com web
Schuetzen Park Historic Site
The Schuetzen Park Historic Site is a nature park "Naturschutzgebiet"
located in west Davenport at 700 Waverly Road. From 1870: 1923 it was
primarily a target shooting area for the Davenport Schuetzenverein. It
also included an inn, zoo, dance hall, music pavilion, outdoor athletic
facilities, bowling alley, roller coaster, refreshment stands and its very
own streetcar station. In its zenith, as many as 12,000 people visited the
Park in a single day for major events such as Saengerfests or Turnfests.
The Park began to decline around the time of WW1 when anti-German hysteria
restricted the rights and activities of German-Americans. Another blow was
dealt when the "Prohibition Act" of 1919 outlawed the sale of
alcoholic beverages - one of the Park's primary sources of income. The
Park was sold in 1923 and its wooded areas remained essentially unchanged
for the next 80 years.
Recently, most of the Park's former grounds were re-acquired and are being
preserved as a "Wildpark". It comprises about 20 acres and is
owned and maintained by the Scheutzenpark Gilde. Nature trails are
maintained throughout the site. Hours of operation are sun-up to sundown,
The Park maintains a display of historical items pertaining to its
Park facilities are available for private and public events.
Scheutzen Park Historic Site Administrative Office
3401 Schuetzen Lane #224, Davenport, IA 52804-4353
Tel: 563-322-5489 or 563-449-2358
Web site: www.schuetzenpark.info
County Historical Society
The Scott County, Iowa Historical Society was organized in 1968.
The Society's aims and objectives are to:
- Promote interest in state and local history through historical
markers, meetings, tours and pageants of early pioneer history.
- Collect and preserve articles and materials relating to Scott County
- Preserve and publish recollections and reminiscences of those who
have taken part in the growth of our county.
- Promote preservation of public records of the county, cities and
- Cooperate with other organizations with these same objectives.
- Preserve and maintain Summit Church, built in 1858 in Butler
Township. The church is on Utica Ridge Road, 5 miles north of Kimberly
Scott County Historical Society
P.O. Box 5165, Davenport, IA 52805-5165
Susie Venhorst Tel: 563-332-5986
Americanische National Kongress
(German American National Congress)
The German American National Congress is the largest
organization of Americans of German descent.
The organization seeks to bring Americans of German descent together in
the pursuit of cultivating and presenting their heritage and interests on
local, regional and national levels.
Some of their objectives and activities are to:
Foster friendship between the United States and
Germany and promote a positive image of Germans among Americans.
Establish exchange programs and cross-cultural
activities among young Germans and Americans.
Encourage and support German language and culture
studies in public schools, colleges and universities.
Facilitate genealogy research of German
German American National Congress
Executive Offices, D.A.N.K. Haus
4740 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Tel: 773-275-1100, Fax: 773-275-4010
President of DANK in Scott County:
1717 Taylor Street - Davenport, IA 52804
American Family Club
of Illinois & Iowa
The German American Family Club of Illinois & Iowa was
founded in 1973 to perpetuate the German culture in the Midwest. Over the
years the club has donated to many organizations that are related to
traditional German activities and customs.
Dinner/Dances are held in April and October of each year.
872 38th Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244
American Pioneer Society
of Scott County, Iowa
The German American Pioneer Society was founded in 1902 when a number
of citizens, emigrants from Germany, gathered for a picnic at Schuetzen
Park. Over the years membership grew to several hundred. Sociability and
renewing of old acquaintances are the main object. Its festival and
business meetings are held annually, usually in September.
Up to 1940 a newsletter was printed in German. In 1946 it was printed in
German and English. Since 1969 it is printed in English.
Monthly dances are at the Walcott, IA Coliseum.
736 West Lombard St
Davenport, IA 52804
Genealogy & Historical Society
The LeClaire Township Genealogy and Historical Society was formed in
Their objective is "to collect, preserve and display items of
historical value" relating to LeClaire Township, to collect
historical material of all kinds, and to "promote and disseminate
One of the society's goals is to encourage interest in the history of
their families and town, today and for the future generations. This is
achieved by the many activities of the society, which includes:
- Tours of their museums and grounds
- Lecture series
- Displays of historic items
- Research library
- Online Newsletter
- Speakers and various preservation activities.
Genealogy and Historical Society of LeClaire
POBox 294 - LeClaire, IA 52753
Web site: www.leclairegenealogy.com
County Iowa Genealogical Society
The Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society is open to all
and is dedicated to create and foster interest in genealogy and family
history, gather and preserve the records of ancestors, founders and early
settlers of our county and to aid individuals in their genealogical
SCIGS has its genealogical collection at the 'Richardson-Sloane Special
Collection Center' located in the Davenport Public Library. If your
ancestors once lived in the Scott County area, you will find the SCIGS
collection very productive and useful.
The Society is committed to increasing its collection. Resources include
many of the Scott County Courthouse Records, local church and cemetery
records, naturalization and probate records, and abstracted names from the
local newspaper for 1899-1946. Numerous records for neighboring Iowa
counties and other states are included.
Membership includes the quarterly issue of the Scott County IOWAN.
Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month (except January & July). Call
563-326-7902 for time & place.
Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3132 - Davenport, IA 52808-3132
President, Len Stevens Tel:563-359-9672