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. The Foundation also awards annual scholarships to local college bound high school seniors.
Butterworth Education Center
Historic home tours (all grades)
Portrait in the Attic For 5th or 6th grade students
John Deere: A Journey to the Past
for 4th grade students
Junior Historian Jambree For 4th-6th students
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.
The Portrait in the Attic program is modeled after living history plays but is unique because students are the actors, use props, wear costumes and participate in the story. Before the field trip to Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, students view the Portrait in the Attic CD-ROM, which showcases the artwork and rooms in the play. Students are provided scripts in advance so they can rehearse the play in class. During their visit to the historic homes, some students act while others provide the audience. This free program is offered during the school year.
Artifacts in the trunk teach students about life and customs during the latter half of the 19th century. The program includes a trunk with artifacts and lesson plans that teachers may borrow. Classes can visit Deere-Wiman House for a follow-up tour that features artifacts found in the home that provide insights into the lifestyles of the former residents. This free program is offered during the school year.
Each spring and fall, a Junior Historian Jamboree for fourth through sixth grade students attracts youngsters who are interested in learning about their community's past. Through a series of four workshops, participants learn about using primary and secondary sources. The jamboree is in partnership with the Rock Island County Historical Society.
Each year Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House sponsors workshops designed to benefit K-12 teachers. Workshops are offered through the Rock Island Regional Office of Education, which allows them to receive either continuing education credits or graduate credits.
Registration for all workshops is through the Rock Island Regional Office of Education.
3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline, IL 61265.
PH. (309) 736-1111
2018 Schedule – Information Coming Soon
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 email@example.com for more information.
Topics are chosen each summer for day camp
and may include:
A Day in the 1830s:
Spend a Day with Abraham Lincoln:
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.
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
“100 of Moline’s Outstanding Young Artists”,
April 27, 6-7p.
1105-8th Street, Moline, IL
Literary Arts Exhibit,
April 23, 1-3p,
Butterworth Education Center,
701-12th Avenue, Moline, IL
Literary Arts Exhibit
The Literary Arts Exhibit promotes literacy and writing in 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.
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.
Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House is a sponsor of the Quad City Times Reading Adventures event at which hundreds of children receive a free book and enjoy a day of fun-filled literacy-related activities, each September. The Butterworth Foundation’s sponsorship helps provide bussing for Head Start students and assists with prizes for the event.
For many years, the William Butterworth Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to education by funding student scholarships.
Coming soon: Fall 2018 application instructions
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