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It is filled with thousands of items which trace the history of public education in Davenport. The Davenport School Museum is located in the district's Administrative Center.

Volunteer Jim Schebler is a wealth of information. He volunteers at the museum, along with several other former teachers and educators.

Antoine LeClaire loaned five hundred dollars in 1858 for the Davenport School District to get its start. The museum has plenty of textbooks on display, some which dates back several decades.

There are pictures of Jackson School in 1914. German books used in Davenport schools before World War One.

Pennants hang on walls. A penmanship book is on display and you can also get a look at Davenport Central Blue Devil apparel from years ago.

Jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke is pictured in a 1920 photo at Davenport High. He was in the Glee Club. Bix also attended Tyler School.

You can learn about Superintendent J. B. Young who was paid fifteen hundred dollars a year. The desk that Phebe Sudlow used is in the museum. She was the first female school superintendent in the United States.

Many of the items were donated or were discovered in peoples'attics. Others came directly from schols in the district.

Jim Schebler says it's important to know where the school district has been and where it is going.

The museum is open on Monday from 9-11am, or Friday from 1-4pm. You can also visit by appointment.  

 

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