What is Layers of Maquoketa?

Layers of Maquoketa brings together people from all walks of life to talk about what gives us a sense of place about this city we call home.

We’ve talked about the rich history of agriculture and industry, the beauty and resources of the landscape, the cultural and recreational opportunities, the stories of people whose families trace back generations in this area and those who joined the community more recently.

These discussions about what makes us “us” have morphed into concrete plans to celebrate Maquoketa. Over the months, with assistance from U of I staff, different groups have been working on projects that involve creative art projects, interviews with everyday people, research into historical buildings, personal stories about special memories and much more.

We want everyone to please mark their calendars for the first week of May when all kinds of fun, interesting and exciting events are scheduled to showcase layer upon layer of what makes Maquoketa a reflection of the the people who live here, the history of the city and and land that defines it.

The Layers of Maquoketa event will culminate Saturday, May 5th when downtown will be transformed into a festival marketplace with many family activities.

 Exhibits start on Tuesday and run through Saturday, include a display about native Robert Millikan, United Church of Christ 175th year celebration, High School Art, Woman in Agriculture and a "farm Progress" displays , along with the Jackson County Extension Services display with a "hands on" youth activity!

And there’s more! A coffee house featuring local musicians, poetry and story readings  Quit  and antique tractor displays, quilting demos, Chalk the Walk and Spring Photo competitions, Timber City Bells and the Black Velvet Band.

There is much to celebrate here in Maquoketa. And this year’s event marks  the ongoing effort to peel back the layers for years to come.

Join Us for a Weeklong Celebration

Join Us for a Weeklong Celebration