Blog » Category: Geneva Historical Society

  • Help Us Crowdsource An Exhibit!

    March 3rd, 2017
    Here is your chance to help us curate the exhibit Stuff: A Material History of Geneva, opening June 2017.
  • Historical Society Trips in 2017

    February 6th, 2017
    An overview of trips the Geneva Historical Society is hosting in 2017.
  • 2016 Year in Review

    December 30th, 2016
    Overview of 2016 in photos.
  • Give Back to Your Community

    December 8th, 2016
    Advocating the need for volunteers around the community.
  • Seasons Greetings

    November 23rd, 2016
    A brief history of Christmas cards.
  • A Hard Day’s Night: Nightlife Victorian Style

    October 27th, 2016
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings?
  • Autumn in the Finger Lakes

    October 19th, 2016
    An ode to autumn in the Finger Lakes
  • From Beyond: Washington Street Cemetery Stories

    October 6th, 2016
    While touring the Washington Street Cemetery, listen to stories from Geneva's past.
  • Geneva 15 years ago

    August 19th, 2016
    Reflections on living in Geneva.
  • Farm Heritage Day

    August 3rd, 2016
    Spend a day "on the farm" at our biennial Farm Heritage Day at the Johnston House.
  • Model T Birthday Celebration

    July 15th, 2016
    Join the Geneva Historical Society for the 100th birthday of our 1916 Ford Model T Canopy Express Wagon!
  • 2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner

    June 10th, 2016
    During our Annual Meeting and Dinner Barbara Lamb will be honored as the Volunteer of the Year and Curator John Marks will discuss the new exhibit Music in the Key of Geneva.
  • Tour of Homes, Part Two

    June 6th, 2016
    Preview of the 2016 Tour of Homes
  • Tour of Homes, Part One

    May 20th, 2016
    Preview of the 2016 Tour of Homes
  • Swingin’ Sixties Party!

    March 11th, 2016
    Be in the groove and join us for a 1960s themed party. It's gonna be out of sight!
  • Let’s Go to the Movies!

    February 5th, 2016
    When Genevans went to the Cinema Theatre, Seneca Drive-In Theatre or Geneva Theatre during the 1960s they could have seen a variety of movies.
  • Year in Review

    December 31st, 2015
    For one night only Club 86 was transformed into a World War II USO Canteen.   Whether inside or outside the classroom over 2500 students were provided with a variety of opportunities to explore Geneva’s stories.   With Lochland, we recreated a Geneva Political Equality Club piazza party. This summer we hosted Rose Hill After Hours, a happy hour with an historical twist.     More »
  • A Trip With A Purpose

    December 23rd, 2015
    Held on the second or third Saturday in December, Wreaths Across America has a rather simple beginning
  • Fund for Historic Geneva

    December 17th, 2015
    After two essays about urban renewal, both government and private, it’s time to turn to historic preservation.
  • The Historical Society Heads to the Big Apple

    December 6th, 2015
    As part of our music in Geneva exhibit in 2016, the Historical Society is planning a three-day music-themed trip to New York City from April 22 to 24.
  • Wassail Bowl and Sale

    November 29th, 2015
    Among the greens at the annual Wassail Bowl and Sale will be holly. Believe it or not, hanging holly actually has a long history.
  • From Beyond: South Main Street Stories

    October 8th, 2015
    Encounter the spirits of Geneva's past in a theatrical program.
  • Rose Hill Food and Wine Celebration

    September 18th, 2015
    Celebrate fall at our annual fundraiser at Rose Hill.
  • Trip to Woodstock

    August 19th, 2015
    The Geneva Historical Society is planning a one-day trip to the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 9, 2015. The Bethel Woods Center is a non-profit performing arts center and museum located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
  • Wreaths Across America

    August 7th, 2015
    Since 1992 “Wreaths Across America” has coordinated a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery each December.  It is their mission to spread the message of the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. Every year volunteers lay wreaths on over 100,000 gravestones throughout Arlington More »
  • Victorian Day

    July 17th, 2015
    The Victorian Era basically corresponds with the reign of England’s Queen Victorian (1837 to 1901) and for the United States this was a period of change.
  • Night Life Victorian Style

    May 8th, 2015
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings? For some the answer was simple – they went to sleep. Others did a variety of activities by candlelight, oil lamp or gas light
  • A Year in Review

    January 2nd, 2015
    A pictorial review of the Geneva Historical Society's activities for 2014.
  • New York State History Month

    October 31st, 2014
    November is New York State History Month
  • 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 »
  • Rose Hill Turns 175!

    August 30th, 2014
      Over the years several families have called Rose Hill home and one of them was the William Strong family.  In 1835 Strong purchased the Rose home and property.   After amassing a fortune as a wool merchant in New York City, Strong retired and moved his family to Geneva.    It was Strong who built the Greek Revival mansion people see and enjoy today.  To build More »
  • Tour of Homes

    June 6th, 2014
    37 High Street The definition of “home” varies from person to person.  It might be spiritual or physical, temporary or long term.  This year’s theme for the Geneva Historical Society’s Tour of Homes is What is Home.  The homes and properties on the tour are each unique but they all share one thing in common – to someone they are home.   21 Jay Street More »
  • Rose Hill Mansion From Top to Bottom

    May 2nd, 2014
    Rose Hill Mansion is open and this season we have lots planned. If you haven’t been to the house in a while (or even if you have!) stop out this summer. In addition to Jane Austen Day on July 26 (more on that in the future), we have rearranged the Carriage House Gift Shop and Visitor Center, are offering Top-to-Bottom Tours on the first Saturday More »
  • One Final Word (Or Two) About The 1920s

    January 31st, 2014
    Overview of the 1920s.
  • ROC the Day

    December 9th, 2013
    ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that provides individuals an opportunity to support nonprofit organizations in the Great Rochester area.
  • School Days

    October 18th, 2013
    School days, school days Dear old Golden Rule days “Reading and ‘riting and ‘ritmetic Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick     Did you go to school in Geneva?  Were you a teacher at a local school?  Join the  Geneva Historical Society and Geneva City School District for Community Conversations: Dialogues About Geneva History, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7 pm at the Geneva High More »
  • Relive History in the Dark: Flashlight Tours of Johnston House

    October 14th, 2013
    Did you ever wonder what it was like to live before electric lights?
  • Geneva’s History On Facebook

    August 23rd, 2013
    The Geneva Historical Society's Facebook page.
  • Balmanno Cottage Closing Friday, August 23

    August 16th, 2013
    The Historical Society's explanation for the sale of Balmanno Cottage.
  • Community Day at Rose Hill

    August 2nd, 2013
    Family event at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • Intoxicating Pursuits

    July 12th, 2013
    Temperance themed event hosted at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • Shop Till You Drop!

    May 3rd, 2013
    Overview of the Geneva Historical Society's gift shops.