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  • New: “Music in Geneva” Podcast

    April 14th, 2017
    In our latest podcast David Brent Johnson, jazz director at WFIU public radio in Bloomington and musician Gap Mangione discuss jazz bassist Scott LaFaro.
  • Belva Lockwood

    January 27th, 2017
    Brief biography of Belva Lockwood.
  • Ho! For California, Part 4

    September 29th, 2016
    The journey of a local group of men to the California gold fields chronicled through the newspaper
  • Ho! for California, Part 3

    August 26th, 2016
    The Geneva Gazette chronicles the journey of a local group of men to the California gold fields.
  • Ho! for California, Part 2

    July 8th, 2016
    Part two of the Geneva Gazette's chronicle of a local group of men's journey to the California gold fields.
  • Famous 19th-Century Musicians in Geneva

    July 1st, 2016
    I have been researching music in Geneva for several years. If I found a newspaper article while searching for something else, I saved it. In this way I came across a number of unfamiliar names who performed in Geneva in the 19th century. The advertisements, previews, and reviews certainly made them sound important, but who were they?
  • Kids Today: The Generation Gap

    March 4th, 2016
    In the 1960s, a new phrase came into use: the generation gap. Genevans, like older Americans across the country worried about its young people, their clothes, their manners, and their attitude.
  • Geneva and the Civil Rights Movement

    February 26th, 2016
    As we at the Geneva Historical Society look back at the 1960s this year, we cannot ignore the protest movements that sprung out of that decade, particularly the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Growing Up in the 1960s

    September 11th, 2015
    The 1960s were a decade that encompassed some of the worst and best events of my young age. Born in 1952, the 1960s covered my life from the ages of 8 to 18. In that time I went from playing with toys to being interested in boys.
  • Without Asking Permission: The Life of Agnes Swan Hutchins

    August 27th, 2015
    From 1850 to 1889 Robert and Margaret Johnston Swan lived at Rose Hill on Seneca Lake. The couple had three girls and three boys. Unfortunately, five of their children died young – the boys in childhood, the eldest girl, Mary, in childbirth at 33, and the middle daughter, Maggie, of heart trouble at 44. Only the youngest daughter, Agnes, lived what we would today consider More »
  • Deaf Artist Francis Tuttle

    June 26th, 2015
    Francis Marion Tuttle was a Geneva artist who lived from 1839 to 1911. He was well known for Seneca Lake views and portraits, and he also did some Biblical scenes. Instead of repeating Tuttle’s biography (for his biography visit dianrez.blogspot.com), I want to focus on one part of his life, namely, that he was deaf. His experiences bring up some interesting issues.
  • Stay In the Sunshine While We May

    March 20th, 2015
    The course of Lectures before the Young Men’s Association of Geneva, was inaugurated on Tuesday evening last by Chas. F. Brown, (Artemus Ward,) in the delivery of a humorous and characteristic production, denominated “the children in the wood.” Linden Hall was densely crowded by a highly appreciative audience, who appeared greatly to relish the eccentric drollery and humor of the entertainment. . . . From More »
  • Corcoran Family Scrapbook

    February 6th, 2015
    The Corcoran family scrapbook documents one Geneva family's World War II experience from draft through marriage and life after the war.
  • Little Golden Books

    January 23rd, 2015
    My Little Golden Book memory were sparked by a recent traveling exhibit at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books. During lectures that accompanied the exhibit, I discovered two things. First, Little Golden Books debuted during World War II. Second, illustrator Eloise Wilkin lived in Canandaigua.
  • Family Memories of War

    January 16th, 2015
    Family stories can still bring World War II to life and make history a personal thing.
  • Geneva Teenagers and World War II

    December 5th, 2014
    With World War II came the birth of the American teenager. While we tend to associate the flowering of teen culture with the baby boomers, it was actually their immediate predecessors, the so-called “Silent Generation” who were first referred to as teenagers. Then, as always, the older generation thought that the younger generation was at best misguided, at worst they were described as selfish, willful, More »
  • World War II in the Eyes of a “Boomer”

    October 13th, 2014
    Since I was born in the early 1950s World War II was very fresh in the memories of my parents and their friends so by process of osmosis I became more familiar with that war than some of the more recent ones during my own life.
  • Geneva’s “Busted Yankees”

    October 3rd, 2014
    One immediate U.S. concern was for Americans abroad. As we saw in our previous post about the Herendeen family, the war came about so suddenly and unexpectedly that few people were prepared for it. As mobilization for war began across Europe, there were over 100,000 Americans visiting or living abroad who were unable to leave easily
  • Marian Cruger Coffin

    September 12th, 2014
    Brief biography of landcape architect Marian Cruger Coffin
  • The Herendeens and the Summer of 1914, Part II

    August 22nd, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits   Last month’s blog ended with Frank Herendeen’s entry from July 25, 1914, when Austria declared war. Hotel guests immediately began fleeing by auto and carriage. The Herendeens stayed put for almost a week.  On July 31 “came a dispatch that the entire Austrian army was to mobilize, and immediately great excitement prevailed in the hotel.” The More »
  • Meet the Neighbors: John Delafield

    July 25th, 2014
    Biography of John Delafield
  • The Herendeens and the Summer of 1914, Part 1

    July 18th, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits   A common quip in my profession is, “I’m a historian. I read dead people’s mail.” Even more revealing are the diaries and journals that have been given to the historical society. A particularly interesting collection is the diaries of Francis (Frank) Herendeen from 1914 to 1929.   In 1868 the Herendeen family began making farm implements More »
  • Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Part 3

    June 26th, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill   At the end of December 1843 Herman Foster became engaged to Pauline Lentilhon.  Pauline may have been related to the Smiths who appear so often in Herman’s diary.  We first hear of Pauline when Augustus Smith was reading a letter from her in the cutter that spills Herman, Augustus, and William into a snow bank.  After More »
  • Prohibition: The Real Story (Or Close to It)

    December 17th, 2013
    How people and businesses got around the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act during the 1920s
  • The Louisa May Alcott of Geneva: Sarah Hopkins Bradford

    October 10th, 2013
    Biography of author Sarah Hopkins Bradford.
  • Pierce and Bickford

    September 7th, 2013
    Brief biography of architects Joseph Pierce and Hiriam Bickford.
  • An Officer and an Artist

    August 27th, 2013
    Biography of J. George Stacey.
  • Celebrating African-American Freedom

    July 31st, 2013
    By Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information   African Americans have celebrated American freedoms since well before the nation recognized their right to share in those freedoms. The earliest of these celebrations were a form of political protest, as former slaves in the “free” North gathered, usually in August, to protest their exclusion from the rights other Americans celebrated on Independence Day. These More »
  • Arthur Dove

    April 24th, 2013
    Brief biography of the artist Arthur Dove
  • Mark Twain Comes to Geneva

    April 4th, 2013
    Mark Twain's visit to Geneva, New York in 1871.
  • Mrs. Ricord’s Geneva Female Seminary

    March 12th, 2013
    Biography of educator and author Elizabeth Stryker Ricord
  • Kidnapped!

    February 4th, 2013
    The kidnapping of two African American men from Geneva, New York in 1857
  • Tom Thumb Visits Geneva

    January 22nd, 2013
    General Tom Thumb visit to Geneva, New York in 1847