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National History Day: Some interesting ones that might take a little more effort

Suggested topics based on available primary sources

Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

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Some interesting ones that might take a little more effort

Walsh family—People’s Light Company

            Map in ephemera


E. P. Adler


            Lee Enterprises



Maria Purdy Peck (Mrs. Washington F. Peck)

            Husband Dr. Washington F. Peck is in

            Biographical History and Portrait Gallery of Scott Co, IA (SC977.769 Bio)

             From 1914 Woman’s Who’s Who of America

             Founder of St. Luke’s Hospital Training School for Nurses


             President Clionian Club

             Organizer and first president of Davenport Woman’s Club

             Favored woman’s suffrage


Florizel Reuter (aka Florizel von Reuter)

            Child prodigy violinist from Davenport-

            Hostetler photos

            Played all over Europe. Married a European woman and during the war led a sparse existence. Spiritualist. Ended career in Wisconsin.

            Newspaper clippings


Jennie McKowen (1845-1924)

1880 to Davenport-Scott County Medical Society

1886 Medical Examiner U of I

1887 founded Working Woman’s Lend-a-Hand Club in Davenport Connected to Davenport Academy of Science (now Putnam Museum)

1892 founded Woman’s Hospital of Davenport

            U of I Women’s Archives

            Our Lend-a-Hand accession


Mary Louise Duncan Putnam (1832-1903)

1867 development of Davenport Academy of Science (now Putnam Museum)-first woman member, later president

1876 responsible for publication of Proceedings of the Academy, worldwide circulation

Editor of publication in 1881

Inducted posthumously into Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame 1991


Benadoms - photos, court cases, divorces, newspapers



            Court cases