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  • Davenport School Museum
    1702 N. Main Street (lower level)
    Davenport, IA 52803
    Phone: 563-336-7540
    email: museum@davenportschools.org

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    Quad Cities Museum Week

    June 8-16, 2019

    Celebrate the 5th year of this annual June  event in the Quad Cities.  Museum Week was created to celebrate our region’s museums, their amazing collections, stories, history, and their importance to communities.  In fact, with 14 participating museums to visit, there is something for everyone and for every interest.

    During Quad Cities Museum Week, local museums offer discounts, special events/exhibits, or tours, making it the perfect time for families and friends to get out and explore.  Each participating museum features its own unique theme, history, galleries, and exhibits making each experience different.

    You’ll also enjoy the new Scavenger Hunt this year, and of course, the Museum Geocache that is available throughout the year.

    Come on out and explore!  Be sure to tweet and post about your Museum Week experiences using #qcmuseumweek.  To find out more about the event, the scavenger hunt, geocache, and all our museums are offering, go to www.qcmuseumweek.com.

     
     

    The Davenport Schools museum is relocated in the J.B. Young Opportunity Center

    Our Mission

     

    The Davenport School Museum serves as a resource for learning and preservation of the history of Davenport Community Schools through the acquisition of historically and culturally significant objects and records.

    History

    The history of Davenport, its people, and its schools is one of hard work, determination, and educational excellence. Antoine LeClaire, founder of our city, played a key role in the exploration of the Mississippi River region in the early 1800s.  From 1874 to 1878, Phebe W. Sudlow served Davenport as the first female public school superintendent in the United States.  During the Great Depression, our community did not sit idly by to passively weather the economic woes; we instead rallied around our public schools and built six beautiful new facilities for our students.

    This industrious spirit is still found in our students, educators, and community at present day.  Nearly 16,000 students attend the Davenport Community Schools, one of the largest school districts in Iowa ‒ a state that is well-known for its excellent educational programming.  Among these students, nearly 1,000 receive their high school diplomas every year.  Each of our graduates is fully prepared to become our future engineers, teachers, and artists. They, together with our teachers, involved