About Neil

Neil Dahlstrom is an archivist, researcher and writer. He grew up and lives in the Quad Cities, once known as the farm implement capital of the world. Today the Quad Cities is a vibrant community of cities on the Illinois and Iowa sides of the Mississippi River with an exciting history of innovation in the farm equipment and automobile industries.


He has spent more than twenty years as the archivist and historian at Fortune 100 company John Deere, and is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, the Food and Agriculture Advisory Board at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Visit Quad Cities.


Neil studied history and classics at Monmouth (IL) College, and earned his masters degree in Historical Administration at Eastern Illinois University. There, here was an intern with the Illinois State Archives through the IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depository) program. His research and speeches have taken him to historical societies and museums, abandoned factories-turned-coffee shops, and state-of-the-art research centers across the country.

Free Time

Neil spends his free time watching baseball, hiking and spending time outdoors, or cruising around town in his 1971 VW Super Beetle (when it’s running). He lives in Illinois with his wife and son.

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