The William Butterworth Foundation is committed to supporting education all year round. Each summer is filled with workshops for local teachers, one-day camps for youngsters attending child care facilities, and a week-long day camp for upper grade school students. Permanent displays at both Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House tell the history of the Deere family’s influence in local manufacturing and society.


Butterworth Education Center

  • Schools

    Historic home tours (all grades)

    Classes may tour historic Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House. Tours will cover such topics as architectural changes, lifestyles and customs of the 19th century, and history of the Deere and Butterworth families. Tours are designed to be age appropriate.


    John Deere: A Journey to the Past

    For 3rd or 4th grade students

    Artifacts in the trunk teach students about life and customs during the later half of the 19th century. The program includes a trunk with artifacts and lesson plans for teachers. The class can visit Deere-Wiman House for a follow-up tour. The tour focuses on artifacts found in the home and how they give insight to lifestyles of the former residents. The free program is offered during the school year.




    To schedule call Gretchen Small, (309) 743-2701

    or email


    Portrait in the Attic For 5th grade students

    The Portrait in the Attic program is modeled after living history plays but is unique as students are the actors and participate in the story. Prior to the field trip to the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, 5th grade students view the Portrait in the Attic CD-ROM which showcases the artwork and rooms in the play. Students are also given scripts to rehearse in class. During their visit to the historic homes, some students act while other students are spectators. The free program is offered during the school year.



    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

    1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265

  • Workshops

    Teacher Workshops




    June 20 - 21, 2018


    This course focuses on the rise of Black Hawk, a Sauk leader and his struggle to regain and keep control of tribal lands taken by and/or sold to encroaching white settlers. The course will trace the history of the region inhabited by the Sauk and Meskwaki tribe, centered around the Sauk city – Saukenuk, and their impact upon it. The course will also examine Black Hawk’s role in U.S. History during the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the conflict known as Black Hawk’s War. Teachers will engage in discussions of events and activities designed to help them relate local Native American culture and history into their classrooms along with the history of Illinois and the United States. Participants will also visit local historical sites relevant to the information presented in the classroom to include: Black Hawk State Historical Site and Hauberg Museum, Credit Island, Campbell’s Island and the Fort Armstrong Block House. This workshop is also available for 1 graduate credit through St. Francis University at an additional cost of $100. For teachers who teach in the Moline school district #40, the registration fee will be paid by the William Butterworth Foundation, but not the graduate credit cost.


    Dates: June 20 & 21, 2018

    Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day

    Location: Butterworth Education Center

    Cost: $200.00


    Audience: Social Studies Teachers  Presenter: David Potthast  Registration Deadline: 6/13/2018


    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

    1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265

    (309) 743-2700








  • Summer Camp

    Day Camps are offered free of charge to Quad Cities summer daycare programs. With tightening budgets, daycare programs have difficulty finding affordable educational programs. These camps were created to fill    this need for Quad Cities daycare providers. In addition, many summer daycare children have not experienced an educational camp. The William Butterworth Foundation Day Camps provide a fun-filled, quality experience for children ages 6-10. Contact Gretchen Small at 309-743-2701 or for more information.


    Topics are chosen each summer for day camp

    and may include:


    A Day in the 1830s:

    The Westward Movement of the 1830s settled the Midwest as pioneers flocked to Illinois and Iowa to begin a new life. This day camp enables children to experience an important period in Illinois and Iowa history.


    Spend a Day with Abraham Lincoln:

    Learn interesting facts about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Through a variety of hands-on activities, kids will learn about the life of our sixteenth president. In addition, we will do some fun experiments with the Lincoln penny.


    Exploring Nature around Deere-Wiman House:

    Participants explore the Deere-Wiman grounds in small groups with a camp leader. Later, in the Deere-Wiman Carriage House, everyone learns about plants and animals that live around us through fun activities.

    Digging Up History

    Become an archeologist for the day. Learn about the exciting world of archeology. See what tools an archeologist uses and learn how to use them to discover what lies beneath us.


    A Day at the 1893 World’s Fair:

    Students take a trip to the Columbian Exposition, which took place in Chicago in 1893. By experiencing the culture, foods, architecture and industry of the time, students learn how the fair influenced the world. Participants enjoy six hands-on activities and lunch during this stimulating learning experience.


    The Civil War:

    Through a variety of activities, campers will learn about the

    Civil War. The years 2011-2014 mark the 150th anniversary of this major American event. Even though no battles occurred in Illinois or Iowa, the war touched all who lived here.


    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

    1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265

    (309) 743-2700

  • Exhibits

    2018 Schedule


    “100 of Moline’s Outstanding Young Artists”,

    April 26, 6-7p.


    Butterworth Center,

    1105-8th Street, Moline, IL



    Literary Arts Exhibit,

    April 22, 1-3p,


    Butterworth Education Center,

    701-12th Avenue, Moline, IL






    To schedule call Gretchen Small, (309) 743-2701

    or email

    Literary Arts Exhibit

    grades K-5. Teachers select written works from the Moline School District elementary students to be displayed at the Butterworth Education Center during a reception for participating students and families. Each child whose work  is entered receives a medal of participation and a free children’s book. Butterworth Center also awards each school’s library/media center a stipend. This exhibit is a partnership between the William Butterworth Foundation  and the Moline School District.


    An Exhibition of Student Artwork

    Each year, the Moline School District partners with the William Butterworth Foundation to produce an exhibition of student artwork that is displayed at the historic Butterworth Center. Each participant receives a fist of art supplies. The William Butterworth Foundation also donates a stipend to each elementary school for purchase of classroom art supplies.



    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

    1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265

  • Partnerships

    Quad City Arts High School Exhibit

    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House sponsors the annual High School Art Exhibit in partnership with Quad   City Arts (1715 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 61201).  The exhibit, held at Quad City Arts, allows high school students to compete in both 2- and 3-dimensional categories. In addition, art teachers may enter their     artwork in a separate teachers' category. Winners are announced at a formal reception.


    Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners, and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.


    PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest

    Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House sponsor the writers and illustrators contest in partnership with WQPT Quad Cities PBS, the Figge Art Museum, The Family Museum, and the Midwest Writing Center. Children in  grades K-3 may enter the contest and win at the local and/ or national levels. Winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest will receive prizes during a ceremony at the Deere-Wiman House.  Click here to learn more about this program.


  • Scholarship

    Announcing William Butterworth Foundation Scholarship for Fall 2018


    To encourage postsecondary education for all Quad Citizens, a new scholarship for both traditional and nontraditional college students residing in Rock Island and Scott counties will be available beginning fall 2018.


    The William Butterworth Foundation will fund $2,500 scholarships at five local colleges and universities in programs that complement the Foundation’s mission focus on arts, culture, education and charitable work.


    Augustana College – Music, Performing Arts, or Fine Arts

    Contact: Matt Walsh, Assistant Director of Financial Aid,


    Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus — Communications and Fine Arts            Contact: GabriellaHurtado,, click “Admissions,” and then “Scholarships” to see all scholarships


    Scott Community College — Fine Arts or Education

    Contact: Kelsey King, Admissions Advisor:; scroll to “William Butterworth Foundation Scholarship”


    St. Ambrose University — Nonprofit Leadership

    Contact: Admissions Office, 563/333-6300, or


    Western Illinois University-Quad Cities — Early Childhood or Elementary Education Contact: Kassie Daly, Associate Director of Admissions:


    For more information about applying for a scholarship, please contact all schools directly.

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