Blog » Category: Organizations

  • Salvation Army

    August 21st, 2020
    Chronicle of the Salvation Army’s presence in Geneva.
  • When You Can’t Find The Words

    June 5th, 2020
    The Historical Society addresses the protests occurring across the country.
  • Geneva School Expansion and Reform

    November 14th, 2019
    A review of the period of school expansion and reform in Geneva during the late 1800s.
  • Geneva’s Stories: Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Serves the Community

    October 25th, 2019
    Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church celebrates 70 years of making a difference in Geneva.
  • Geneva’s Stories: Geneva Rotary Club Celebrates 100 Years of Service

    October 18th, 2019
    From student loans to summer camps to a local grant program, the Geneva Rotary Club has spent the past century serving the community.
  • Early History of the Geneva Family YMCA

    September 20th, 2019
    The beginning of the Geneva Family YMCA
  • When You’re Shut Out of a Club…Start Your Own

    September 6th, 2019
    A brief history of the College Club of Geneva.
  • William Smith College Athletics, 1972 – Present

    August 16th, 2019
    Part two of a brief history of William Smith College athletics
  • William Smith College Athletics, 1908-1971

    July 26th, 2019
    Brief history of William Smith College athletics.
  • Women’s Sports

    July 5th, 2019
    Discussion on the impact of Title IX on young women and sports .
  • From Zoology to Metaphysics: College Courses in 19th and 20th Centuries

    April 26th, 2019
    Overview of courses offered schools and colleges in Geneva during the 1800s and 1900s.
  • Gossip is Not a 21st Century Thing

    February 8th, 2019
    Overview of publications from Geneva High School
  • What We Learned In School: 19th-Century Schoolwork

    February 1st, 2019
    What was 19th-century schoolwork like?
  • Alice Seward and World War I, Part One

    October 5th, 2018
    Part one is a series about the World War I diary of Alice Seward
  • Back to School

    September 14th, 2018
    Overview of school buildings using photos and floor plans from "Report of [New York] State Superintendent of Public Instruction" (1897) including Cortland Street and Lewis Street Schools in Geneva, New York.
  • “The War Chest spilled over. Good for Geneva!”

    August 20th, 2018
    The creation of the Geneva War Chest during WW I
  • The Wyoming Valley Massacre

    August 2nd, 2018
    How the 18th-century frontier raids by Native American warriors and British loyalists led to General Sullivan's campaign to destroy the Iroquois.
  • 1968: A Year of Change

    July 6th, 2018
    1968, the year the Geneva Historical Society opened Rose Hill Mansion as a museum, was a year of momentous change.
  • Andrew Hubbs, American Red Ambulance Corps

    June 15th, 2018
    World War I experience of Andrew Hubbs
  • Geneva’s Gallant Sons

    May 11th, 2018
    The Curator's latest find "Register of Geneva's Gallant Sons War of 1917-1919."
  • Segregated Schools in Geneva’s Past

    January 5th, 2018
    Many Americans are familiar with the segregated schools of the Jim Crow South, however, officially segregated schools existed in most 19th-century communities in the North, including Geneva. It took the concerted efforts of Geneva's African-American community to advocate for improved education and eventual integrated schools for their children.
  • Curriculum Project Results in Student Mural

    August 4th, 2017
    Geneva Middle School students create a mural recounting Geneva High School boycotts of the 1970s.
  • Imagine if you were in her shoes….

    May 12th, 2017
    Evolution of women’s rights in the United States
  • New “Geneva Stories” Videos

    March 31st, 2017
    The latest additions to our "Geneva Stories" video series
  • Suffrage Songs

    March 10th, 2017
    Overview of suffrage songs.
  • 1907 and the New York Woman Suffrage Association Meeting

    February 24th, 2017
    Brief summary of the 1907 New York Woman Suffrage Association Annual Convention held in Geneva, New York.
  • “Marching on to Victory”: A Timeline of the Suffrage Movement in Geneva

    February 3rd, 2017
    A timeline of the suffrage movement in Geneva, New York.
  • Free Schools for Geneva

    January 20th, 2017
    Free public schools appeared in Geneva in the mid-19th century.
  • Founding of the Geneva School District

    November 4th, 2016
    The Geneva City School District can trace its birth to 1839, the year that the village’s Districts No. 1 and No. 19 merged to form the state’s first union school district. By the 1830s, the community had a College, dozens of private schools, and two public schools for the basic instruction of children of all classes. Yet schooling in the antebellum period here and throughout More »
  • Fiery Cross Burns

    April 29th, 2016
    While looking for information on Rose Hill (called the Boody Farm when Edgar Boody owned it) I found this account. I had heard a little about Klan activity in the 1920s, but had never pursued the subject. Now I wondered about the history of the Klan in Geneva and I started poking around in the local newspapers.
  • The 1960s at Hobart & William Smith Colleges

    January 22nd, 2016
    A quick view of Hobart & William Smith Colleges during the tumultuous 1960s.
  • Remembering the Days of the Neighborhood School

    January 8th, 2016
    In 1960 I was 8 years old. Back then everyone attended the neighborhood elementary school, either public or parochial.
  • Suffrage Connection

    October 2nd, 2015
    If you did not go to the pre-screening of the movie The Suffragette at the Smith, you missed an incredible experience. Though the movie was about the British suffrage movement, there is a Geneva connection.
  • 1960s Student Unrest in Geneva

    September 25th, 2015
    Very early on May 5, 1970, Ontario County Sheriffs arrested five Hobart students in a drug raid. The raid turned up hash pipes, pills and marijuana. One of the sheriffs was recognized by the students as “Tommy the Traveler” – a man who had been active on campus encouraging anti-war and anti-ROTC protests, and claiming to be a member of Students for a Democratic Society.
  • Accidental History Topics

    July 10th, 2015
    I’ve posted photos to the historical society’s Facebook page for two and a half years. Digging further into the collection to come up with fresh material, I found this photo of Castle Street
  • Early Schools of Geneva

    July 2nd, 2015
    The recent debates over Geneva’s school budget and national arguments about the Common Core curriculum have had me thinking and reading a lot about the history of education this past spring. Education and schooling have been part of life in Geneva from its early settlement, though not in a form most modern Genevans would recognize.
  • Piazza Party at Lochland

    May 29th, 2015
    For over forty years women’s rights and dress reform advocate Elizabeth Smith Miller (1822-1911) called Geneva home. In 1897 Miller got the New York State Suffrage Association to host their annual convention in Geneva. After the convention Miller and her daughter, Anne, formed the Geneva Political Equality Club. The purpose of the club was to secure full suffrage for women.
  • Lincoln’s Assassination as Seen in Geneva

    April 16th, 2015
    One hundred fifty years ago this week actor John Wilkes Booth changed American history when he stepped into the Lincolns' booth at Ford's Theater and shot the president in the back of the head, the first man to assassinate a U.S. president. The assassination was an awful event that shook the nation just a week after Lee’s surrender overjoyed the North.
  • The Geneva USO and WWII

    March 2nd, 2015
    The Geneva USO Club helped the community do its part during World War II.
  • The James M. Cole Circus, Part Two

    December 29th, 2014
    In November 1943, the Geneva Daily Times reported Cole, Circus Owner, Inducted Into Army
  • The War of 1812: Who Cares?

    March 21st, 2014
    A discussion on the importance of the War of 1812.
  • Clubs, Associations, Organizations: Networking in the 1920s

    December 13th, 2013
    Brief overview of community organizations in Geneva during the 1920s.
  • Garbage

    October 25th, 2013
    History of dumps in Geneva.
  • Swine Driver and Pound Keeper for Geneva in 1852

    July 24th, 2013
    Chronicling the problem of loose animals in Geneva, New York during the 1800s through newspapers and government records.
  • 126th New York At Gettysburg

    July 3rd, 2013
    The 126th New York Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Engines and Silver Trumpets

    May 22nd, 2013
    Fire related issues as chronicled in the Village of Geneva board minutes during the early 1850s.
  • New York City Draft Riots

    March 22nd, 2013
    Robert Swan's reaction to the draft during the Civil War
  • 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

    February 25th, 2013
    A little over one-hundred fifty years ago, on September 22, 1862, President Lincoln took a step he had planned for months and proclaimed that as of January 1, 1863 “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.…”