Rock Island County Historical Society
The Rock Island County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1905 by a group of community leaders dedicated to collect, preserve and disseminate the history of Rock Island County.
The library is used extensively by local and visiting genealogists, businesses, the news media and the academic community to collect, preserve, and disseminate the history of Rock Island County.
Rock Island County
Why we deserve the makeover
Financially, we are supported by member’s dues, gifts, and memorials. The membership is open to anyone through annual dues for families or day passes for non-members.
Within the past six months, RICHS has experienced several major expenses: replacing the roof on the library, removing raccoons and squirrels from our upper levels and repairing the damage they caused, and exterminating carpenter ants. Additionally, we had unexpected repairs to our furnace. We'd originally planned to paint the exterior of the house this year, but all of these other expenses forced us to delay that project.
These sorts of repair also strain our budget and greatly limit our ability to upgrade our office technology including copiers, printers and computers. Our computers, used by staff and the public, are all several generations old. We have a robust network, but failing cpus. We share our resources with 500-700 patrons annually, many of whom come in monthly, if not weekly. Our virtual presence brings us 30-50 requests for information monthly. We would like to have more robust computers and copiers to make our files more easily accessible to the public as well as for the in-house research we do for our remote patrons.