Blog » Archive: September 2014

  • From Beyond: Washington Street Cemetery Stories

    September 26th, 2014
      Washington Street Cemetery is the third burial ground in Geneva. The earliest burial spot was on the site of Trinity Episcopal Church on South Main Street. Another early burial ground was on Pulteney Street, where the old Geneva High School once stood and the site of the new FLCC campus.  Graves at the Pulteney Street plot date from as early as the 1790s and More »
  • The Evolution of Museums and the Geneva Historical Society

    September 18th, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits Charles Willson Peale is considered the father of American museums. (A painting by his son Rembrandt hangs in the main hallway of Rose Hill.) In 1786 he opened a museum of natural history in Philadelphia, which included an extensive portrait gallery; Peale justified this by saying man was at the top of the natural order. He charged More »
  • Marian Cruger Coffin

    September 12th, 2014
    Brief biography of landcape architect Marian Cruger Coffin
  • A Basket of a Tale

    September 5th, 2014
    When people donate objects to the museum, we always ask if they know anything about the history of the items. Sometimes there is a family story about who made or owned a piece, and we take those stories seriously. Once in a while, though, when we look into the story, we find that there may have been some misunderstanding as the tale was passed down. More »