[Arsenal Island & Rock Island Arsenal History

Arsenal Island
& Rock Island Arsenal History

Narrated by Kai Swanson

55-minute video

This video describes the history of the island beginning with its acquisition by the U.S. Government in 1804 in a treaty signed by leading representatives of Native American Indians, and the U.S. Government in St. Louis. It continues with the establishment of an Arsenal on the island by an act of Congress in 1862. It also tells about the construction of a Confederate Prison on the island during the Civil War, the work of the Arsenal during the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The video concludes with activities available to visitors to Arsenal Island. Among them are the use of the picnic grounds on Memorial Field, the Arsenal Golf Club, the Arsenal Club, the Bike Path, guided tours of the Davenport House, visits to the Arsenal Museum, attending Memorial Day Services, and participating in Armed Forces Day festivities.

The video was narrated by Kai Swanson, at the time News Director and radio announcer of Radio Station WVIK on the campus of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. The narration is based on a text by Thomas J. Slattery, External Affairs, Historical Office, Industrial Operations Command (IOC) Rock Island Arsenal.

The background music is provided by Randy Pobanz, Instructor of Music, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. I play the harmonica.

The 55-minute video was produced exclusively for the Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society. Copies of the videos are available only at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Rock Island, Illinois.

Erwin Weber

May, 1997