Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House hosts a variety of free family events throughout the
year. Blossoms at Butterworth — held each June — features outdoor music, refreshments, and old-fashioned games, as well as tours of the local historic Overlook Neighborhood and two Deere family homes. A traditional 19th Century Christmas open house marks the start of the holiday season on the first Sunday afternoon of December. Other annual events, such as Evenings at Butterworth and Music on the Lawn, appeal to visitors from preschoolers to senior citizens.
2016 Schedule December 3, noon to 5p.
No charge for admission.
Butterworth Center 1105 8 Street, Moline, IL
● Noon – 5:00p – Cookies & Punch
● Noon – 5:00p – Special this year, we will be testing elements of a self-guided tour
program to allow you to interact with our rooms and objects in a brand-new way. Please
locate an electronic tablet in the Butterworth Center entry and follow directions on the
screen to learn more about the house, its occupants, and so much more. Afterwards,
be sure to stop at the entryway table to let us know what you think.
● Noon – 5:00p – Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Butterworth home’s library addition
with its 18th century Venetian ceiling painting
● Noon – 5:00p – Enjoy new tree skirts handcrafted by local quilters
● 12:30 – 1:30p – Moline High School Chamber Orchestra
● 1:30 – 2:30p – Rock Island High School Chamber Singers
● 2:30 – 3:30p – Harpist Veronica Henderson
● 3:30 – 4:30p – Keynote Vocals Studio
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.
● Videos created by the Butterworth Foundation 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
● Noon – 5:00p – Charles Wiman’s 1933 Lionel Train Set on display
● Noon – 12:45p and 1:30 2:15p – Slide Trombone Quartet
● 1:00 – 1:30p – Pianist Will Gerhardt
● 1:30 – 2:30p – Flute Duets with Nicole Romano and Sarah Lisak
● 2:30 – 3:15p – Keynote Vocals Studio
● 3:30 – 4:00p – Pianist Eric Newton
● 4:00 – 4:30p – Pianist Eric Moon
Deere-Wiman Carriage House 817 11 Avenue, Moline, IL
just east of the Deere-Wiman House
● Holiday Children’s Make-n-take Crafts
● Josh Wright – Free Caricature Drawings
● Xochi Pannell – Face Painting
● Hot Chocolate and Cookies
19th Century Christmas
A Quad Cities tradition is just around the corner – 19th Century Christmas at Butterworth Center & Deere- Wiman House. Free family activities are planned for all ages, from Santa handing out books to children in the Butterworth Education Center to cookies and punch for all visitors in the elegant Butterworth Center dining room. This year, we celebrate the musical talents of local young people with several choral and instrumental performances throughout the day.
Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265
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