Make Your Pledge to Save the RI & N. W. Depot
This is what got us here:
In May, the City Council stated that it was unwilling to cover its share of costs listed at $285,193 for relocating the depot to the Western Illinois University campus.Seeking to reduce these costs, a committee formed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, sought outside bids on a number of items. The new bids reduced the city’s estimated initial cost by $130,417. Following is a breakdown of costs between the Department of Transportation, the City and Western Illinois University.
The City Council was given an update in August of the revised cost estimates and a recommendation by the Preservation Commission that it utilize the DOT acquisition payment along with an additional $15,000 to cover the move of the depot. The acquisition money can not be put into the general fund but must be deposited into the city’s tourism fund which the city used back in 1994 when it purchased the depot from Franks Foundry.
Support from MPS is going to be needed if we are to save this historic depot. Contact your alderman via email or phone and voice your support of moving the depot to the WIU campus. A letter to the editor that would run in the Dispatch would be a big help. We managed to save the Skinner Block years ago, and working together we can save the depot as well.
Built in 1900, the D.R.I. & N.W. Depot was in use until 1934 when it was converted into offices for the Frank Foundry Company. The City of Moline purchased the depot in 1994 for use as a Visitor Center with office space for the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Depot became a Moline Landmark the same year.
Both premieres are free and open to the public
The 30-minute documentary tells the story of the prison using dramatic photos and other high-definition images. It captures the life of prisoners using their own words from diaries and letters. The documentary also clearly demonstrates that the death rate at Rock Island was much lower than the astonishing death rate at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
View the trailer here. After each showing, writers/directors Ezra Sidran and Ed Isenberg will field questions from the audience. The documentary on DVD will be available for purchase for $10.
MPS president appears on "The Cities"
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Join us for a tour of Allendale on Thursday, November 1st, at 7pm. Allendale is a 22 room English Tudor-style mansion built in 1906 by Frank Allen. The Allen family donated the home to the Moline School District in 1931, and today its serves as administrative offices for the Moline Scool district.
MPS member Walter Lillius will give a presentation regarding the historic significance of Allendale.
No advance registration is required. The tour is free and open to the public. Allendale is located at 1619 11th Avenue, Moline.