Semi-Annual Support Campaign

2020 Annual Support Campaign

If you can’t do what you do, do what you can.  In these extraordinary times anyone can relate to these song lyrics. Like every other business and non-profit organization, the Geneva Historical Society’s regular activities and programs have been impacted over the past nine months by the pandemic. Although some of our programs and events have been reformatted, rescheduled, or even canceled, the staff continues to carry out our mission of telling Geneva’s stories.

When all of our sites closed to the public and staff had to work from home this spring, we pivoted from providing in person programs and services to primarily offering digital content on our website and social media channels.  As the Finger Lakes reopens, like you, we continue to make adjustments.  Based on state guidelines indoor museums can reopen at 25% capacity with new safety measures, including social distancing, face coverings, and enhanced cleaning protocols. For us this means –

  • Rose Hill Mansion and Johnston House remain closed to the public, but the Geneva History Museum is open with adjusted hours and new exhibits.
  • Although the Archives are not open to the public, research requests can be made over the phone, via e-mail or through social media.
  • Our lecture series and History Sandwiched In programs are being held virtually over Zoom.
  • A little creativity is needed to take the Historical Society “on the road.”  Along with helping the Salvation Army celebrate their 135th Anniversary, trivia questions are being posted on the Seneca Street Kiosk with the Smith Center for the Arts and meetings with HWS classes and students are taking place virtually.
  • Whether working from home or onsite, our regular duties continue including collections care, grant writing, developing programs and digital content, holding meetings virtually, and caring for our three properties.

There are still a lot of unknowns and it will probably be this way for a while.  Whether physically or virtually, we are open and it takes $1,100 a day to operate the Historical Society and maintain our three properties.  To continue sharing and preserving Geneva’s stories we need your help and we ask you to contribute to our Support Campaign.

To make a contribution, take a moment and submit this form.  As a supporter of the Historical Society you will receive –

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • 10% off in our gift shops
  • Discounts on Historical Society special events and programs
  • Unlimited in-house use of the library and archives

Every contribution, no matter the size is greatly appreciated. Each gift ensures that Geneva’s stories are part of our present and future.

The Geneva Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, which permits your gift to qualify for the maximum tax benefits allowable by the IRS. Check with your tax or financial advisor. A copy of the most recent Historical Society Financial Annual Report can be obtained by contacting the Historical Society at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York 14456 or by contacting the Charities Bureau at 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271.