Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House hosts a variety of free family events throughout the year. 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.

Special Events

Music On The Lawn

Music at Butterworth

Art Talks at Butterworth Center

19th Century Christmas

Looking for exciting new perspectives? Check out Evenings at Butterworth

for in-depth historical presentations in a unique environment. One of the   Quad Cities' classic historic homes, Butterworth offers a special stage for programming you won't find anywhere else.

Join us in the Butterworth    library for presentations

that are sure to delight!

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The outdoor summer concert is a cherished  piece of Americana - and it's going strong at the Deere-Wiman House! Custom-made for local children, our Music on the Lawn Series offers a unique opportunity to picnic and enjoy live music in a family-friendly environment. The concerts are held on the lawn, nestled between the gardens and the historic Deere-Wiman House.


Daytime concerts in June and July are open to children and staff of Quad City daycare centers and homecare operations. To ensure adequate accommodations, the daytime concerts are available by reservation only. Evening family concerts in June and July are open to the public. There is no charge for admission. Bring blankets or lawn chairs; picnic suppers are allowed.

Music On The Lawn

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at Deere-Wiman House

Music at Butterworth cap off your week with a unique performance in an intimate setting: Music at Butterworth! Renowned performers from the international stage present exciting new work in an old world, salon environment. Guests enjoy unparalleled access to performers in a relaxed, afternoon concert; light refreshments complete the experience. Featured artists are part of the Visiting Artists Series of Quad          City Arts.

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Visiting Artists

ART TALKS AT Butterworth Center

19th Century Christmas

Beautiful decorations throughout both homes

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

Free book for each of Santa’s first 400 visitors

Face painting for children and caricature artist

Art show and Children’s make-and-take crafts in the

    Deere-Wiman Carriage House

Children's make-and-take crafts (sponsored by WQPT Quad

   Cities PBS) in the Education Center

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.


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Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265


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