Upcoming events Butterworth Center, Deere-Wiman House

Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 9:54 am
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Press release submitted by Leslie McManus

Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center

1105 8th Street, Moline, IL 61265

(309) 743-2701



Area residents know that John Deere invented the self-scouring plow. But they may be less familiar with the early industrialist's influence on the city of Moline and agribusiness across the region. "The Other Things John Deere Did" is the subject of an Evenings at Butterworth presentation on Friday, Oct. 19, by renowned local historian Roald Tweet.

Deere's invention of the self-scouring steel plow was so important in turning the tall-grass prairie into America's breadbasket that it has obscured his other contributions in the popular imagination. However, Deere also played an active role in local government and society, and was a strong industry leader during a period of time when America's agricultural manufacturing sector experienced rapid and unprecedented growth.

A faculty member at Augustana College for four decades, Tweet has pursued a lifelong study of the history and culture of the Mississippi River and this region. Since October 1995, he has written and narrated "Rock Island Lines," a regular segment aired on radio station WVIK, Augustana's National Public Radio affiliate. A staff member of Mississippi Valley Writers Conference, Tweet received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service award from the Illinois Humanities Council in 2006.

Roald Tweet in "The Other Things John Deere Did," honoring the 175th anniversary of Deere & Co., 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline, Ill. No charge for admission; refreshments following. Event funded by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust. For more information, call (309) 743-2701; www.butterworthcenter.com

The Oct. 26 installment of "Fridays at Deere-Wiman" will feature internationally renowned pianist Leon Bates. Acclaimed by critics all over the world, Bates will perform at the historic Deere-Wiman house as part of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Program.

One of America's leading concert pianists, Bates has performed with many major U.S. symphonies, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Boston Symphony.

He has also performed extensively with international symphonies and orchestras, establishing a strong reputation with audiences all over the world. He is known for his unique ability to connect with young people, performing as many as 50 residency programs in a single season.

This event is part of the Fridays at Deere-Wiman House series funded by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust, and the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Program. Pianist Leon Bates, 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline, Ill. Admission: free; refreshments following. For more information, call (309) 743-2701; www.butterworthcenter.com.


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1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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