Past Exhibits

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, to providing employment, to spurring development. It looks at the role the rail lines played in shrinking our vast nation and connecting small communities like Geneva to the rest of the country and the world.


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