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.
History is a vast early warning system.
A lot of guys have had a lot of fun joking about Henry Ford because he admitted one time that he didn't know history. He don't know it, but history will know him. He has made more history than his critics ever read.
Neither a wise man nor
a brave man lies down
on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower
What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.
Evenings at Butterworth
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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Master storyteller, narrator, and librettist, Charlotte Alston, presents an original program to delight all ages. Visit www.charlotteblakealston.com.
Historian and storyteller, Brian “Fox” Ellis will present a unique look at early Illinois history. Through original text, hear two viewpoints on a series of Illinois events. Hear from Ninian Edwards and Pottowatomie Chief Gomo how early events shaped the development of Illinois.
Come learn and celebrate the 200th Anniversary
of Illinois Statehood
As we celebrate the 100th year of Deere & Company in the tractor business, hear about the early history of the John Deere tractor development through the eyes of William Butterworth. Neil Dahlstrom, Manager, Archives & History at John Deere will bring us a fresh look at history.
Come learn and celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Illinois Statehood and the 100th Anniversary of the John Deere tractor
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.
Tim Kubart is on a never-ending tour playing concerts
for kids and families. You may have seen him in music videos on SPROUT HOUSE, a new show on Universal Kids. Or heard his composition, "We Can All Be Friends", the introductory song for Julia, the first muppet with autism on SESAME STREET. As a 2016 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children's Album, Tim is potentially still best known though as "Tambourine Guy," a longstanding cast member of the viral music collective and internationally touring POSTMODERN JUKEBOX. http://www.timkubart.com
Chicago-based Laura Doherty & the Heartbeats acoustically rock your kidʼs world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her Parentʼs Choice award-winning CDs! Doherty's brand-new CD "High Five" (2018), her 5th album, celebrates the themes of friendship, family and childhood. This upbeat, interactive concert will have kids dancing and clapping along to Laura's original catchy tunes! "Doherty writes perfect pop songs
for kids: light and breezy." - Chicago Tribune
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Championing the next generation of maverick musicians, Akropolis delivers dynamic performances that feature accessible contemporary works framed by invigorating arrangements of classical music. Visit www.akropolisquintet.com.
The Tesla Quartet is a Julliard-trained ensemble which brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. www.teslaquartet.com
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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Let’s get ready for the exciting exhibit coming to the Figge Art Museum in the fall of 2018. The 45-minute art talk offers an introduction to the traveling exhibition from Brooklyn Museum. Enjoy hearing about some of the artworks from exhibition, French Moderns Monet to Matisse, connect with the lives of the artists and styles during the time period from 1850 -1950. Local art lecturer, Carol Ehlers will share slides of the artwork from the exhibition.
French Moderns Monet to Matisse will be at the Figge Art Museum from October 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Come connect to the wonderful artwork you will see in the fall.
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
• 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
December 3, 2017
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.
2018 Schedule to Come
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
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Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
1105-8th Street, Moline, Illinois 61265