The Great Quad Cities Listen

For nearly two centuries, Quad Citizens have here come here from all over the world and from all walks of life. The Great Quad Cities Listen is an attempt to collect and share all of our many diverse stories. By sharing our stories with one another, we hope to not only gain in civic pride, but more than this build connections and create a more compassionate Quad Cities.

These stories will be shared with StoryCorps and archived in the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps' mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Brendan Iglehart

Of the more than 30 countries that Davenport native and resident Brendan Iglehart has visited, perhaps none is more shrouded in secrecy than North Korea. 

Jared Johnson / WVIK

Katey Irwin Kiley invited her mother, Rosemary Irwin, of Austin, Texas, to the studios of WVIK to ask why she and her husband chose to move to Davenport over Rockford and Kansas City in the 1960s.

Lorian and Kai Swanson attend a QCSO Pops concert.
Courtesy of Kai Swanson

Lorian Swanson and her son, Kai, join the Great Quad Cities Listen to remember Richard "Swanie" Swanson.  

Margarita Mojica had Juan Valtierra as a student in her ELL (English Language Learners) classroom several years ago. Now 23, Juan joins Margarita to share part of his story for the Great Quad Cities Listen.

Rick Miers taught social studies and history for 36 years–30 of them were spent at Rock Island High School. He discusses his career with Dave Geenen for The Great Quad Cities Listen.

Linda Johnson (top) interviewed Betty Pfau and Juanita Farmer.
Jared Johnson / WVIK

Sisters Juanita Farmer and Betty Pfau talk with Juanita's daughter, Linda Johnson, about growing up in Hampton, Illinois as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen. 

Elvia and Gregorio Aguilar (left) and their son, Greg Aguilar.
Courtesy of Greg Aguilar

Greg Aguilar and his mother, Elvia, recorded their Great Quad Cities Listen interview at the Boys and Girls Club in Moline during Mercado on Fifth.

Dick Stahl talks talks to his wife, Helen, about his lifelong infatuation with the Mississippi River as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen.

Ellen and David Martin join The Great Quad Cities Listen to discuss Ellen's family history in the Quad Cities area.

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