Quad Cities museums put history in the spotlight this summer
When spring becomes history, so will the Quad Cities — in a sense.
The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) will host its third Quad Cities Museum Week from June 17 to 25, the agency announced recently. The event is meant to spotlight the area’s historical figures as well as items, inventions and important moments in its history.
This year’s participants include Augustana College Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum Homestead and Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead, Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Colonel Davenport House, Davenport Schools Museum, Family Museum; Figge Art Museum, German American Heritage Center, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, John Hauberg Indian Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Palmer Museum of Chiropractic History, Putnam Museum and Science Center, Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Rock Island County Historical Society, Walnut Grove Pioneer Village and Swenson Center.
The week-long event also will feature the Museum Geocache in which players use a GPS receiver or GPS-enabled smartphone and other navigational techniques to go on a treasure hunt via longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates to find caches. Twelve of the involved museums will be taking part in the hunt.
“From tunnel tours and Buffalo Bill to the ‘Black Box’ used on air flights, and automobiles manufactured in the Quad Cities, this year’s Museum Week puts the Quad Cities in the spotlight,” Charlotte Morrison, vice president of marketing and communications for the QCCVB, said in the press release. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy fun, exciting and interesting adventures that tell a story about the Quad Cities.”
The group has designed the event to help showcase the wealth of museums in the region as well as increase awareness of their respective offerings.
Visit www.qcmuseumweek.com for information on what each museum is offering and a printable, online event program. Those wanting to take part in the Museum Geocache should visit www.geocaching.com to get started.
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