Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum features exhibits of historical documents from the private collection of Dr. David Karpeles. The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include: literature, science, religion, history and art. Every 4 months, the museum features a new exhibit so there is always something exciting to see!
Did you know that Charles Dickens' son, Francis Dickens came to the Quad Cities in 1886 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Moline. Learn more about this story at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
During Museum Week the Karpeles will feature a selection of Charles Dickens' manuscripts, contracts, and illustrations. The exhibit will also feature original printing plates by the artist Joseph Clayton Clake - known as Kyde. These plates were used for the illustrations in many of the books written by Charles Dickens.
Also on display will be a model of the Swedish Ship "Vasa" named for Gustavus Vasa, the founder of modern Sweden. A document signed by Gustavus Vasa will also be a part of the ship display.