Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
1601 River Drive, Suite 110
Moline, IL 61265
MUSEUM WEEK EVENTS
The Rock Island County Historical Society will be open with free house tours and free research time Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and both Saturdays during Museum Week. Displays relating to World War One will be in the library. The house-museum will feature tours of the first and second floors of the Atkinson-Peek house.
About Rock Island County Historical Society
Address: 822 11th Avenue, Moline, IL.
Hours: The Library is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Wed-Sat. Access to the house, carriage house, and clothes loft are by appointment. The carriage house/clothes loft is open during the spring and fall open houses and by appointment. If you are going to be in the Quad Cities area be sure to stop and see us. Telephone (309)764-8590 to make an appointment to visit the carriage hours, clothes loft, and house.
Celebrating over 100 years of collecting and preserving the history of Rock Island County, Illinois.
The Atkinson-Peek house was built in 1877-1878 for the cost of $3,500 by Edmund B. Atkinson. Edmund, a shipper at Deere & Co., purchased the land from his Uncle Charles Atkinson. Edmund's father, Dr. Moses Little Deere was an uncle to Mary Little Deere (Mr. Charles Deere, John Deere's daughter-in-law), making Edmund Mary's first cousin. The original architectural style of the Atkinson-Peek home was Italianate, a feature common in the 1870s.The house museum contains period furniture dating back to the early 1900s, and many artifacts and collections.
The existing carriage house was built in 1910 with a second story which served as a spacious and modern servants' quarters. Currently, this area is now used as a clothes loft. The large front room on the first floor housed the carriages, horse's harnesses, etc.
The carriage house offers displays of horse-drawn harnesses and collars, ox yokes, horse-drawn vehicles, among other historic items. You are invited to view many artifacts in the RICHS Carriage House during the open houses held on a Sunday afternoon each May and December, or by appointment.
The Clothes Loft is located on the second floor of the Carriage House. The loft is made up of four storage rooms, a work room, and a display room. It is home to a large collection of textile items that spans from circa 1780 up to the 1970's. Most all items have been donated by Rock Island County residents or their family members. The collection includes a dress worn by Mrs. William Butterworth, gauntlet gloves and goggles from the Velie family, Mrs. John Deere's morning dress, a bridesmaid dress from the Hauberg-Sweeney wedding, a petticoat from the Denkmann family, a dress worn by Miriam Weeks when she attended a DAR reception at the White House when Theodore Roosevelt was president, and a horsehair blanket used by Charles Quade a rural mail carrier, in Hillsdale, Illinois.