For 150 years, Davenport was the financial capital of Iowa and the entire trans-Mississippi region. The largest and most important of its banks was the German Savings Bank — later renamed the American Commercial and Savings Bank, and then simply Davenport Bank. This institution was continuous for 125 years, and during most of its existence, it was the largest bank in Iowa. This presentation will explore the bank’s institutional history, the factors that created the conditions for such success, and its effects on the culture of Davenport and the Greater Quad-City region. Included in this presentation will be “virtual architectural tours” of the buildings.
FREE for GAHC&M members, $5 for non-members
This lecture is offered both in-person and virtually. The session will be recorded and available to watch afterwards. If you need assistance registering or have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the speaker
Gates Thomas is a freelance composer, arranger, and music director. Born and raised in Davenport, he was based in New York City for 25 years, writing for the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Jim Hall, Chris Willis, The New American Orchestra, and many others. Since moving back to Davenport, in October 2020, Gates has maintained his freelance career, and continues to serve as Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In November 2022, he assumed duties as music director of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities.
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