Past Exhibits

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  • Support Your Candidate: Political Memorabilia

    For most of the United States’ 240-year history, candidates for local and national office have used all sorts of objects, images, and symbols to promote their ideas and plans for governing. To mark the 2016 election year, the Geneva Historical Society has on display this exhibit of political memorabilia and ephemera. Included in the exhibit are buttons, fliers, signs and photographs marking the campaigns of More »
  • Imagemakers Photography Exhibit

    This is one of two exhibits featuring works by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva (BGCG). The works were created for the 2016 National Fine Arts Exhibit and ImageMakers Photography Contest, two member competitions from the Boys & Girls Club of America’s arts initiative. An opening reception for the two exhibits will take place in conjunction with Geneva Night Out on Friday, More »
  • “Now is the Time of Our Country’s Need”: Geneva and the Civil War

    On the 150th anniversary of the war’s end, the exhibit Geneva and the Civil War examines how the civil war affected Geneva in the 1860s, and how it impacted the community long after the battles were over. The exhibit sets the stage with the state and local politics at the war’s start in 1861 and an exploration of what Geneva was like at that time. More »
  • 2015 Geneva City School District Art Show

    Come see the work of Geneva’s youngest artists! This exhibit features the best work of students in kindergarten through grade 12 at North Street School, West Street School, Geneva Middle School and Geneva High School. The exhibit will be on display on the lower level from April 18 through May 16, 2015.
  • Geneva A – Z

    From architecture to Zotos, a variety of people, events, objects, and places have been part of Geneva’s rich and diverse history. For 18 months we’ve been exploring an alphabetical catalog of what makes Geneva…Geneva. We’ve taken your feedback and now we’ve got our conclusions on display in Geneva A – Z. B is for Boathouses and F is for Finks. Find out what else we More »
  • The Second War of Independence: Geneva and the War of 1812

    The War of 1812 was fought primarily along the United States coastline and the Canadian border. Major battles were fought within a hundred miles of Geneva, and local militia soldiers served along the Niagara frontier and Lake Ontario. During the 200th anniversary of the war, discover how the Geneva area experienced the conflict through this new exhibit. The Second War of Independence: Geneva and the More »
  • History of Newspapers in Geneva

    The history of newspapers in Geneva began in 1796. Through the 19th century, the village often had at least two newspapers of opposite political views. The Geneva Daily Times began in 1895 and was the forerunner of today’s Finger Lakes Times. Created for Geneva Night Out October 2013 History of Newspapers Exhibit
  • Torrey Park & Club 86

    Beginning in the 1890s, Torrey Park was the Italian neighborhood of Geneva. It had everything people needed: the Lehigh Valley passenger depot, jobs at nearby factories, and a variety of stores and restaurants. Club 86 grew from the Legott family restaurant and hosted musicians from Wilmer and the Dukes to Louis Armstrong and Nat “King” Cole. Created for 2013 Club 86 event Club 86 2013
  • The Armory on Main Street

    Geneva’s armory was built in 1892 and went through several expansions and changes. As technology made weaponry and vehicles larger, many New York State armories were moved out of downtown to suburban locations. Geneva’s armory still serves as the recruitment, training, and deployment center for its National Guard unit. It also served as a center for community concerts and sporting events until 21st-century security concerns More »
  • Brotherhood: Freemasonry in Geneva

    Freemasonry has a long local history. Masonic groups have been in Geneva since 1807 when Ark Lodge was formed. Even though membership peaked in the late 1920s, lodges remain active and accept new members. The exhibit answers common questions about freemasonry (including “the Morgan affair”) and highlights Geneva’s Masonic temples through the years as well as prominent local Masons.   mason exhibit 2013
  • Molding & Machining: Metalwork in Geneva

    In the mid-1800s, Geneva claimed more foundries and machine shops than any other community between Auburn and Buffalo. By the 1950s, the metal industry accounted for almost 70% of the city’s jobs. Today, there is only one major metal fabrication company in town. Molding & Machining focuses on what drew these businesses to Geneva in the 19th century and why they were gone by the late 20th More »
  • How Railroads Shaped Geneva

    This exhibit highlights the importance of railroads to the city from the 1840s to the 1960s. Geneva sat at the intersection of two major lines, the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the New York Central Railroad, and was connected to other railroads by regional “short lines.” The exhibit examines the many ways the railroads affected the average resident, from bringing new people and things to town, More »
  • Scientific Investigation: A History of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

    Established in 1880, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s purpose was to promote “agriculture in its various branches by scientific investigation and experimentation.” Though the nature of investigation has changed over the past 130 years scientists still address the same questions of increased production, food safety, and developing healthy food that people want to eat. 2013-2014 View PDF