School Programs

The Geneva Historical Society’s school programs aim to connect students to local history using the materials in our collection. Programs are designed to reinforce elements of the curriculum, while allowing for hands-on and experiential learning. We hope to stimulate students’ interest in history, connect Geneva’s history to their classroom learning, and work with teachers to develop students’ critical thinking skills.

For specific details about programs or to reserve a program for your class, contact Director of Education and Public Information, Anne Dealy at 315-789-5151 or

  • Farm and Village (June)

    During a visit to the Johnston House, second-grade students will compare the rural house to the Prouty-Chew House in the city of Geneva. They will learn about farm life, and how agriculture in the area influenced the village/city of Geneva and created interdependence between rural and village residents. Grade Level 2 NYS Standards Covered Social Studies Standard 1, 3, 4
  • Taking Tea (Spring)

    Taking Tea is a program which engages fourth grade students in an active and visual comparison of two different times: 1850 and 1890. Classes imagine they are traveling to the past where they visit two historic houses and meet costumed interpreters portraying the former residents. Through hands-on experiences at Rose Hill Mansion and the Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum, students explore changes in cooking technology, More »
  • Tales of Christmas Past (December)

    All classes will view the Prouty-Chew period rooms, which will be decorated for Christmas. Students will find out how the Prouty family celebrated Christmas in the late 1800s and see the kinds of toys the children received. Grade 1 We focus on the holiday traditions of the Prouty family, the roles and responsibilities of the Prouty family members, and how the Prouty family was similar More »
  • Plants and Agriculture in Geneva’s Past (November)

    Over two classroom visits students will participate in hands-on activities to understand what soil is and how it affects plant growth. They will learn about how 19th-century farmer John Johnston used tile drainage and manure to promote good plant growth and create a successful farm. Plants and Agriculture focuses on the role that plants and farming have played in Geneva’s past and present. Grade Level More »
  • Cemetery Stories (October)

    Cemetery Stories allows students to discover what cemeteries can tell us about the Geneva community and the people who have shaped it. They will examine cemetery art and find out what it reveals about the people of the past and use critical thinking skills to discover how some of Geneva’s early residents lived, died and remembered one another. Grade 2 Students learn why communities have More »