19th Century Christmas


Looking for a genuine, non-commercial holiday experience for you

and your family? Immerse yourselves in the traditional joys of the

holidays at our 19th Century Christmas celebration! Simple, heartfelt expressions of the season come to life through live music, festive

holiday trimmings and homespun arts and crafts – all designed to help

keep the season sweet, sane and simple. Join us for a jolly time at

Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center, where you’ll find:


Beautiful decorations throughout both homes

Exclusive appearance by Santa Claus. (bring your camera!)

Free book for each of Santa’s first 400 visitors

Performance by the Moline Boys Choir at Butterworth Center

Face painting for children and caricature artist

Art show and Children’s make-and-take crafts (sponsored by Left Bank Art

   League) in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House

Children's make-and-take crafts

   (sponsored by WQPT Quad Cities PBS) in the Education Center



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  • 2015 Schedule   December 6, noon to 5p.   No charge for admission.


    Butterworth Center  1105 8 Street, Moline, IL

    Noon – 5:00p Cookies and Punch

    Noon – 2:00p Pianist and Organist Selma Johnson

    2:00p  Moline Boys Choir

    3:00p  Moline Boys Choir


    Butterworth Education Center Corner of 12 Avenue and 7 Street, Moline, IL

    – Tour the former garage, built in 1910 and remodeled in 2009. The original squash court and servants’ quarters contrast the newly designed entry, meeting space, and projection room.


    All Activities Run from Noon – 5:00p

    Videos, created by the Butterworth Trust with WQPT Public Television

    Uncommon Assets: The Life and Legacy of John Deere and

    — Hidden Treasures: Discovering Butterworth Center and Deere- Wiman House

         through the Eyes of a Child

    Children’s Crafts and Activities – sponsored by WQPT Quad Cities Public Television

    Splash Back in History — an exhibit of the story of the Deere-Wiman swimming pool

    Hot Chocolate

    Santa has treats for all youngsters and a free book for the first 400 to arrive.

      Bring your camera for a great photo opportunity.


    Deere-Wiman House 817 11 Avenue, Moline, IL

    – The 1872 home of Charles Deere, son of John Deere.

    Noon – 5:00p – Self-guided tours of the home; costumed volunteers share information

      about the past

    Noon – 5:00p – Charles Wiman’s 1933 Lionel Train Set on display

    12:00 – 12:45p and 2:00 – 2:45p  – Slide Trombone Quartet

    1:00-1:45p Acoustic Guitarist Don Estes

    3:00-5:00p Pianist Russ Reyman


    Deere-Wiman Carriage House 817 11 Avenue, Moline, IL

    – just east of the Deere-Wiman House

    All Activities Run from Noon – 5:00p

    Left Bank Art League Holiday Children’s Make-n-take Crafts

    Josh Wright – Free Caricature Drawings

    Xochi Pannell – Face Painting

    Hot Chocolate and Cookies