Summer camp set at Deere-Wiman

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Local children will dip into time travel in a camp offered this summer at the Deere-Wiman House in Moline. “Hands-on activities give children the chance to experience the westward migration made by countless pioneers – including John Deere -- in a meaningful new way,” says Gretchen Frick Small, Deere-Wiman/Butterworth Center program director.

Set for the week of July 19-23, the camp’s focus is on life in the 1800s. Activities include loading a wagon, making rag rugs, cooking pioneer foods, making and playing games from the 1800s, writing with a quill pen (using ink made from berries), making salt maps, exploring genealogy and making gravestone rubbings. Limited to 25 participants, the camp is open to children ages 10-12.

Lunch, snacks, supplies and all activities are included in the camp fee of $75. Because the program is subsidized by the William Butterworth Memorial Trust, the fee remains budget friendly. “We think this is one of the best values in the Quad Cities,” Small says. “Parents and educators rave about the value of the camp offering.”

Daily drop-off is between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Ave., Moline. Pick-up time is 3 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman House. On the last day of the camp (Friday, July 23), campers’ parents and guardians are invited to attend a 2 p.m. program to see what children have learned during the week.

For more information, call (309) 743-2701 or e-mail Register online at