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Posts focused on the 19th century period.

Posts focused on the 19th century period.

  • The Ice War Continueth, Part 2

    November 21st, 2019
    Tensions in the ice harvesting community
  • Geneva School Expansion and Reform

    November 14th, 2019
    A review of the period of school expansion and reform in Geneva during the late 1800s.
  • More Trick Than Treat: Halloween in 19th Century Geneva

    October 30th, 2019
    Overview of how Genevans celebrated Halloween in the 1800s.
  • St. Patrick’s Cemetery: A Story of Immigration in Geneva

    October 23rd, 2019
    Brief history of Irish and Italian immigration to Geneva.
  • Early History of the Geneva Family YMCA

    September 20th, 2019
    The beginning of the Geneva Family YMCA
  • Greek Revival Architecture: The Basics

    October 9th, 2019
    An introduction to Greek Revival Architecture.
  • The Novelty of a Find

    August 9th, 2019
    A box found in the Archives provides insight into village politics during the mid-1800s.
  • Beer Brewing in Early Geneva

    June 21st, 2019
    Find out more about beer brewing in early Geneva.
  • Baseball, or Something Like It

    June 14th, 2019
    The development of baseball in the United States during the 1800s.
  • Come Out and Play: Sports in America Before 1860

    May 9th, 2019
    Brief overview of sports in America before 1860
  • 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.
  • Almanacks; Or Predicting the Future

    March 8th, 2019
    Brief history of almanancs.
  • What We Learned In School: 19th-Century Schoolwork

    February 1st, 2019
    What was 19th-century schoolwork like?
  • Storymaps

    January 11th, 2019
    The Historical Society finds a new way to tell Geneva's stories.
  • Nehemiah Denton

    November 2nd, 2018
    The story of Nehemiah Denton.
  • 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.
  • After the Swans: The Plummers, 1890 – 1893

    August 31st, 2018
    The Plummers lived at Rose Hill from 1890 to 1893
  • Meet the Parker Family

    July 27th, 2018
    Brief biography of the Parker family including Ira, Stephen and Edgar Parker
  • Mechanical Eye: Early History Motion Pictures

    June 29th, 2018
    An early history of motion pictures
  • The Irish in Geneva

    April 20th, 2018
    On the hunt for Irish history in Geneva, New York
  • Dr. Chase’s Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician

    April 13th, 2018
    The Curator's latest find "Dr. Chase’s Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book and Household Physician. "
  • A Genial, Good Hearted Man: Dan Deegan, Part 1

    March 30th, 2018
    The first in series about business man and sportsman Dan Deegan.
  • Church Home Hospital

    March 9th, 2018
    Brief history of the Church Home Hospital
  • Patent Medicine

    February 23rd, 2018
    Ads for patent medicine
  • The Great Lunch Wagon Controversy of 1897

    February 2nd, 2018
    Debate in 1897 on whether Geneva should have a lunch wagon.
  • Dickens and the Christmas Pudding

    December 1st, 2017
    Where did the Christmas pudding come from and why don't Americans eat it?
  • Christmas Carol Unplugged

    November 17th, 2017
    The stories behind "A Christmas Carol."
  • Charles Dickens in the Geneva Newspapers

    November 10th, 2017
    Charles Dickens in Geneva newspapers
  • Inmate of Every Household

    November 3rd, 2017
    Charles Dickens as seen through local newspapers.
  • 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.
  • Howard & Union Streets

    October 20th, 2017
    A brief history of Howard and Union Streets
  • Glenwood Cemetery

    October 4th, 2017
    Brief history of Glenwood Cemetery
  • Very Mysterious: The Fox Sisters and the Spiritualist Movement

    September 29th, 2017
    Chronicling the Fox Sisters and the Spiritualist movement through local newspapers.
  • Cordial and Nourishing: Early Wine History of the Finger Lakes

    August 24th, 2017
    Using newspapers to trace the early history of wine in the Finger Lakes.
  • Adobe Houses in Geneva

    August 18th, 2017
    Overview of adobe houses in Geneva, New York.
  • Superiority to Fear: Acrobat and Tightrope Walker Blondin

    May 19th, 2017
    Accounts of Blondin crossing the Niagara Gorge from local newspapers
  • As Modest on a Wheel as in a Drawing Room: Female Bicyclists in the 1890s

    April 28th, 2017
    The reaction to female bicyclists in the 1890s through local newspapers
  • Astounding The Crowd: Bicycling in Geneva

    March 24th, 2017
    The introduction of bicycling in Geneva through local newspapers
  • Why a woman’s work is never done!!

    March 17th, 2017
    Discussion on how technology has changed women's work
  • Belva Lockwood

    January 27th, 2017
    Brief biography of Belva Lockwood.
  • Free Schools for Geneva

    January 20th, 2017
    Free public schools appeared in Geneva in the mid-19th century.
  • Home Music: 19th Century Bands in Geneva

    November 18th, 2016
    Chronicling 19th Century bands in Geneva, New York through newspapers.
  • 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 »
  • A Hard Day’s Night: Nightlife Victorian Style

    October 27th, 2016
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings?
  • Ho! For California, Part 4

    September 29th, 2016
    The journey of a local group of men to the California gold fields chronicled through the newspaper
  • Ho! for California, Part 3

    August 26th, 2016
    The Geneva Gazette chronicles the journey of a local group of men to the California gold fields.
  • Ho! for California, Part 2

    July 8th, 2016
    Part two of the Geneva Gazette's chronicle of a local group of men's journey to the California gold fields.
  • Famous 19th-Century Musicians in Geneva

    July 1st, 2016
    I have been researching music in Geneva for several years. If I found a newspaper article while searching for something else, I saved it. In this way I came across a number of unfamiliar names who performed in Geneva in the 19th century. The advertisements, previews, and reviews certainly made them sound important, but who were they?
  • Ho! for California, Part 1

    May 13th, 2016
    Reports of the California Gold Rush from the Geneva Gazette
  • Briefly Out of Fashion’s Bondage

    July 31st, 2015
    Since the dress reform movement of the 19th century has been studied and discussed at length. I will not re-tell that whole story. Instead, I will talk a little about the Bloomer costume and the Geneva area. A Bloomer dress (so named because Amelia Bloomer promoted the style in her magazine The Lily) was a dress much like the fashionable dress of the day, but More »
  • Victorian Day

    July 17th, 2015
    The Victorian Era basically corresponds with the reign of England’s Queen Victorian (1837 to 1901) and for the United States this was a period of change.
  • Deaf Artist Francis Tuttle

    June 26th, 2015
    Francis Marion Tuttle was a Geneva artist who lived from 1839 to 1911. He was well known for Seneca Lake views and portraits, and he also did some Biblical scenes. Instead of repeating Tuttle’s biography (for his biography visit, I want to focus on one part of his life, namely, that he was deaf. His experiences bring up some interesting issues.
  • Laughter, Shouts, Frolic, and Swimsuits

    May 22nd, 2015
    A while back I ran across a village ordinance printed in the Geneva Daily Gazette of July 2, 1852: "No person shall bathe in the waters of the Seneca Lake, the Canal, or Castle Creek, after the rising of the sun, and before eight o’clock in the evening, within the bounds of the corporation, under the penalty of one dollar for each offence [sic]. This More »
  • Night Life Victorian Style

    May 8th, 2015
    Before electricity, what did Victorian families do in the evenings? For some the answer was simple – they went to sleep. Others did a variety of activities by candlelight, oil lamp or gas light
  • 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.
  • Uncle Doctor

    April 3rd, 2015
    Robert Swan’s youngest brother Frederick wrote a history of the Swan family in the 1890s. In it, he talks about their Uncle Daniel, or, as they called him, “Uncle Doctor:” [H]e made choice of the profession of medicine, and studied with Dr. John Brooks, then the resident physician of Medford. . . . Early in his practice, his attention was directed to the system of More »
  • Stay In the Sunshine While We May

    March 20th, 2015
    The course of Lectures before the Young Men’s Association of Geneva, was inaugurated on Tuesday evening last by Chas. F. Brown, (Artemus Ward,) in the delivery of a humorous and characteristic production, denominated “the children in the wood.” Linden Hall was densely crowded by a highly appreciative audience, who appeared greatly to relish the eccentric drollery and humor of the entertainment. . . . From More »
  • Rose Hill Turns 175!

    August 30th, 2014
    When newly built, President Martin Van Buren visited Rose Hill Mansion 175 years ago.
  • Currency, Finance and the Civil War

    August 8th, 2014
    By Anne Dealy, Director of Education and Public Information Banking in the early years of the American Republic was decentralized, inefficient and disorganized, leading to frequent panics and depressions. While attempts were made to resolve these problems, none were substantial or comprehensive enough to put the nation on a solid financial footing. As in many other areas of national development, it was the Civil War More »
  • Workers at Rose Hill Farm

    July 3rd, 2014
    As we saw last month, the Swans at Rose Hill relied on female workers to do much of the housework and childcare. Running the farm operations required male workers.
  • Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Part 3

    June 26th, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill   At the end of December 1843 Herman Foster became engaged to Pauline Lentilhon.  Pauline may have been related to the Smiths who appear so often in Herman’s diary.  We first hear of Pauline when Augustus Smith was reading a letter from her in the cutter that spills Herman, Augustus, and William into a snow bank.  After More »
  • Domestic Service at Rose Hill

    May 30th, 2014
    At Rose Hill in the mid-19th century, the Swans hired laborers for agricultural and domestic work. This post examines the female domestic servants at the house
  • Herman Ten Eyck Foster Part 2

    May 23rd, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill Mansion   In May 1842 Herman came from New York City to learn farming from Mr. Owens near Ithaca.  He wrote in his diary that he was sad to leave his friends, though trying to overcome it.  By June 18, he was already waiting for the Smiths to visit him.  Herman usually called the Smiths “the boys,” More »
  • Meet the Neighbors: Herman Ten Eyck Foster, Part 1

    April 25th, 2014
    By Alice Askins, Education Coordinator at Rose Hill Mansion I had thought that Robert Swan was unusual in coming from a business background in New York Cityto farm in Seneca County.  There was at least one other man, though, who came from New York City to farm.  That man’s name was Herman Ten Eyck Foster, and thanks to Winterthur Museum, we have transcripts of his More »
  • The First Leg of the Journey Home

    March 29th, 2014
    A member of the Johnston family's journey back to Scotland.
  • The War of 1812: Who Cares?

    March 21st, 2014
    A discussion on the importance of the War of 1812.
  • Everything is Coming up Bloomers!

    March 7th, 2014
    Elizabeth Smith Miller and the evolution of the bloomer outfit.
  • Lighting at Rose Hill

    February 27th, 2014
    Discussion of the early the electrical system at Rose Hill.
  • Banking in Early Geneva

    February 5th, 2014
    Overview of banking in early Geneva.
  • History of Christmas

    December 23rd, 2013
    A brief history of Christmas
  • The Seneca Chief

    November 22nd, 2013
    History of the steamboat, Seneca Chief
  • Food Preservation: From Home to Factory

    October 31st, 2013
    During the 19th century, Genevans went from preserving food at home in order to be able to eat to purchasing luxury preserved foods in stores.
  • Croquet

    October 29th, 2013
    A brief history of croquet
  • The Louisa May Alcott of Geneva: Sarah Hopkins Bradford

    October 10th, 2013
    Biography of author Sarah Hopkins Bradford.
  • Diphtheria Epidemic

    September 27th, 2013
    Chronicle of the 1878-1879 diphtheria epidemic.
  • Neither shall there by any more pain

    September 24th, 2013
    Discussion of the usage of anesthesia during childbirth in the mid-1800s.
  • Crafts Then and Now: Godey’s Ladies Book

    September 13th, 2013
    Chronicling women's handwork through 19th century national magazines and local newspapers.
  • Pierce and Bickford

    September 7th, 2013
    Brief biography of architects Joseph Pierce and Hiriam Bickford.
  • Stain Removal, Now and Then

    August 13th, 2013
    19th century stain removal tips
  • Celebrating African-American Freedom

    July 31st, 2013
    Geneva's African-American community hosted a number of emancipation celebrations in the 19th century to celebrate their freedoms while protesting slavery and racial inequality.
  • Lighting the Scene

    July 26th, 2013
    Development of gas and electrical lighting.
  • 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
  • Sustainable Agriculture, c. 1860

    May 31st, 2013
    Robert Swan's farming practice was what the modern observer could call sustainable.
  • Engines and Silver Trumpets

    May 22nd, 2013
    Fire related issues as chronicled in the Village of Geneva board minutes during the early 1850s.
  • Mark Twain Comes to Geneva

    April 4th, 2013
    Mark Twain's visit to Geneva, New York in 1871.
  • Robert Swan Becomes a Farmer

    March 25th, 2013
    Robert Swan's transition from city dweller to farmer at Rose Hill.
  • New York City Draft Riots

    March 22nd, 2013
    Robert Swan's reaction to the draft during the Civil War
  • Mrs. Ricord’s Geneva Female Seminary

    March 12th, 2013
    Biography of educator and author Elizabeth Stryker Ricord
  • 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.…”
  • The Helpful Horse

    February 11th, 2013
    The rise of the automobile and the decline of using horses for transportation in Geneva, New York.
  • Kidnapped!

    February 4th, 2013
    The kidnapping of two African American men from Geneva, New York in 1857
  • Freezing Fingers, Toasted Toes: Heating in America

    January 28th, 2013
    A comfortable house in winter was a rare thing in much of the United States prior to the late 19th century. According to one English visitor to Cayuga, NY in 1827, American houses were built “expressly for summer, without the slightest reference to the six months’ winter that they suffer.”
  • Tom Thumb Visits Geneva

    January 22nd, 2013
    General Tom Thumb visit to Geneva, New York in 1847