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.

Blossoms at Butterworth

Evenings at Butterworth

Music On The Lawn

Music at Butterworth

Fridays at DW

19th Century Christmas

June 25, 2017 12 to 5p


Take a step back in time at Blossoms at Butterworth! When you enter our gardens, you'll be transported to a genteel era of the past, where gracious  plantings painted     a rich backdrop for families spending leisure time together outdoors.


Held each year on the fourth Sunday in June, our one-of-  a-kind garden party features vintage delights and family-oriented activities: antique cars, lawn games of the 1800s, live music, Butterworth and Deere-Wiman homes open for viewing and more. Held from noon until 5 p.m., Blossoms is a summertime classic in the Quad Cities.


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Blossoms at Butterworth

June 25, 2017



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.

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Music On The Lawn

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


Vincent van Gogh’s Gardens

3 p.m., Oct. 20, 2016

Carol Ehlers will present a 60 minute talk showing Vincent van Gogh images to gain insights into the stages of his career. Although Vincent (1853-90) never owned a garden, a large number of his drawings and paintings are devoted to the garden theme. The garden theme fostered Vincent’s love of trees, plants and flowers. Enjoy seeing Vincent’s images and follow the stages of his career: from development in the Netherlands, to life in Paris, to travel to southern France or Arles, and his return to northern France or Anvers-sur-Oise. Enjoy hearing the story behind the artwork.


Although skilled in doing portraits, the talk will not include images of Vincent’s portraits. The talk will provide information on web sites that link his artwork to letters that he wrote.     This offers the audience the opportunity for additional  research and learning opportunities into the life and artwork   of Vincent van Gogh.



Irises, Saint-Remy Southern France, May, 1889 (Done the first week in asylum)


Vincent van Gogh, Oil on canvas,


29 1⁄4 x 37 1/8 in.,

19th Century Christmas

December 4, 2016


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.



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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

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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Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House

1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265


(309) 743-2700

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