Local Resources

Moline Preservation Society

The Moline Preservation Society was founded to:

  • Educate the public about historic preservation information and techniques,
  • Research the history of buildings and sites and determine their historical significance
  • Register significant historical places with local, state, and federal authorities
  • Make possible historic preservation within the community
  • Collect donations for use to help preserve historical properties both publicly and privately held which will have public access

The Moline Preservation Society website includes historic images, information and resources about local preservation efforts and Moline history, and a virtual tour of Moline's commercial districts and neighborhoods.

Moline Centre Main Street

Moline Centre Main Street is a program adapted from a national model to revitalize downtown Moline based on a four point approach: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring. The National Main Street Program is a community-driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts. It is a common-sense way to address the variety of issues and problems that face them. The underlying premise of the Main Street approach is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marketplace. Main Street advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community. More information can be found on the Moline Centre Main Street website.

Rock Island County Historical Society

Rock Island County Historical Society (RICHS) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1905 by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the local history of Rock Island County. For almost 100 years, they have provided information to local and international news organizations, conducted tours for individuals and local schools, developed a state-of-the-art research library, and much more. RICH's library holds atlases and maps, city directories, newspapers, postcards, photographs, manuscripts, oral tapes, interviews of Rock Island County Pioneers, and other local history resources.

Visit the Rock Island County Historical Society website, or contact the society at 309.764.8590.

Moline Public Library

The Moline Public Library houses books, periodicals, and other information of local historical interest.