Blog » Tag: 1900-1950

  • Meet Gerald and Viacita Fowler, Part 1

    March 20th, 2020
    Gerald Folwer and his work at the Schine theatres in Geneva.
  • A Brief History of the T-Shirt

    February 14th, 2020
    A history of the "plain white t-shirt."
  • The Ice War Continueth, Part 3: Kashong Ice Company

    December 18th, 2019
    The story of the Kashong Ice Company.
  • “A Friend of the Gutted Stick:” Francis “Babe” Kraus

    November 7th, 2019
    Brief biography of Francis "Babe" Kraus.
  • St. Patrick’s Cemetery: A Story of Immigration in Geneva

    October 23rd, 2019
    Brief history of Irish and Italian immigration to 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.
  • Why Does New York State Have Municipal Historians?

    October 4th, 2019
    The story of why municipal historians were established in New York State
  • 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, 1908-1971

    July 26th, 2019
    Brief history of William Smith College athletics.
  • Beer Brewing in Early Geneva

    June 21st, 2019
    Find out more about beer brewing in early Geneva.
  • 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.
  • Alice Seward and World War I, Part Three

    January 18th, 2019
    The final part in a series about the World War I diary of Alice Seward
  • Storymaps

    January 11th, 2019
    The Historical Society finds a new way to tell Geneva's stories.
  • Alice Seward and World War I, Part Two

    November 14th, 2018
    Part two in a series about the World War I diary of Alice Seward
  • Airports in Geneva

    October 12th, 2018
    Brief history of airports in Geneva, New York.
  • 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
  • Dove’s Geneva Watercolors

    July 20th, 2018
    A look at Arthur Dove’s watercolors created in Geneva from 1933 to 1938.
  • Andrew Hubbs, American Red Ambulance Corps

    June 15th, 2018
    World War I experience of Andrew Hubbs
  • Geneva 100 Years Ago

    June 8th, 2018
    Geneva in 1918 through the local newspaper
  • Geneva’s Gallant Sons

    May 11th, 2018
    The Curator's latest find "Register of Geneva's Gallant Sons War of 1917-1919."
  • The Sounds of Music

    August 12th, 2016
    Through National Jukebox, sample sound recordings can be found of various musicians who performed in Geneva in the early 1900s.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Geneva USO and WWII

    March 2nd, 2015
    The Geneva USO Club helped the community do its part during World War II.
  • Women’s Fashions in the 1940s

    February 24th, 2015
    Fashion changes all the time, sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly. In the 1940s, women’s clothing did both at the same time. In some ways the evolution of women’s fashion stalled for a while because of World War II.
  • Ah, The Movies!!

    February 13th, 2015
    Movies in the 1940s seemed glamorous and provided their viewers with the opportunity to escape from the stress of war, rationing, worry, fear and anger. Ah, the movies. What a wonderful thing they are!
  • Corcoran Family Scrapbook

    February 6th, 2015
    The Corcoran family scrapbook documents one Geneva family's World War II experience from draft through marriage and life after the war.
  • Picking Up The Farming Slack in Geneva During World War II

    January 30th, 2015
    By the end of the war, there were almost 1,000 men who were enlisted in the army from Geneva. The loss of these men caused a drop in people who were able to work. The loss of the men from Geneva to the war was very problematic for the farming in the area.
  • Family Memories of War

    January 16th, 2015
    Family stories can still bring World War II to life and make history a personal thing.
  • The Zoot Suit

    January 9th, 2015
    In keeping with our current emphasis on the 1940s, I looked in the local newspapers for zoot suits. Although zoot suits were known in some form from the early 1930s, the first Geneva reference I found was in 1942.
  • The James M. Cole Circus, Part Two

    December 29th, 2014
    In November 1943, the Geneva Daily Times reported Cole, Circus Owner, Inducted Into Army
  • Geography of Food in the 1940s

    December 18th, 2014
    “Food deserts” are a current topic in government and academic research. The US Department of Agriculture defines the term as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. More »
  • Geneva Teenagers and World War II

    December 5th, 2014
    With World War II came the birth of the American teenager. While we tend to associate the flowering of teen culture with the baby boomers, it was actually their immediate predecessors, the so-called “Silent Generation” who were first referred to as teenagers. Then, as always, the older generation thought that the younger generation was at best misguided, at worst they were described as selfish, willful, More »
  • Christmas Dreaming

    December 1st, 2014
    Some of my favorite memories are associated with Christmas - the Festival of Lights at Sonnenberg, seeing The Nutcracker at the Smith Opera House and A Christmas Carol at Geva, picking out a new ornament each year for the tree, having Christmas breakfast with my grandparents, and playing “Sleigh Ride” throughout high school for the holiday band concert.
  • World War II in the Geneva Daily Times

    November 20th, 2014
    When we did our World War II project in the early 1990s, Kathryn Grover was hired to research, write, and lay out the exhibit and book, Close to the Heart of the War. As part of her contract, we received all her research notes for our archives. I recently pulled out one of the large boxes to look at her source material. Any project, i.e. More »
  • Dreams Come True: The James M. Cole Circus

    November 13th, 2014
    While looking for interesting topics from the 1940s, I ran across the James M. Cole Circus of Penn Yan. This is a little of its story from the 40s, as reported (mostly) in the Geneva Daily Times.
  • Rationing and Recipes

    November 7th, 2014
    When I was in high school girls took “home economics” classes and boys took “shop” classes. I remember coming home from the first cooking class in home economics and showing my mom what foods they were going to teach us to prepare. My mother was not impressed, for that matter I wasn’t either. I only remember 3 or 4 of the recipes, but one was More »
  • Girl Bands and Geneva

    October 17th, 2014
    Recently, I got the book Swing Shift by Sherrie Tucker. The book was published in 2000 and Professor Tucker was a professor at Hobart and William Smith when she wrote it. Swing Shift is about the all-women bands of the 1930s and 1940s. I wondered if any of the bands in the book were seen or heard in Geneva. It turns out some of them More »
  • World War II in the Eyes of a “Boomer”

    October 13th, 2014
    Since I was born in the early 1950s World War II was very fresh in the memories of my parents and their friends so by process of osmosis I became more familiar with that war than some of the more recent ones during my own life.
  • Geneva’s “Busted Yankees”

    October 3rd, 2014
    As we saw in a previous post about the Herendeen family, World War I came about so suddenly and unexpectedly that few people were prepared for it. As mobilization for war began across Europe, there were over 100,000 Americans visiting or living abroad who were unable to leave easily.
  • The Herendeens and the Summer of 1914, Part II

    August 22nd, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits   Last month’s blog ended with Frank Herendeen’s entry from July 25, 1914, when Austria declared war. Hotel guests immediately began fleeing by auto and carriage. The Herendeens stayed put for almost a week.  On July 31 “came a dispatch that the entire Austrian army was to mobilize, and immediately great excitement prevailed in the hotel.” The More »
  • The Herendeens and the Summer of 1914, Part 1

    July 18th, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits   A common quip in my profession is, “I’m a historian. I read dead people’s mail.” Even more revealing are the diaries and journals that have been given to the historical society. A particularly interesting collection is the diaries of Francis (Frank) Herendeen from 1914 to 1929.   In 1868 the Herendeen family began making farm implements More »
  • One Final Word (Or Two) About The 1920s

    January 31st, 2014
    Overview of the 1920s.
  • Dance in Geneva

    January 23rd, 2014
    During the 1910s and 20s the dance world was in ferment. In 1909 the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev brought a new kind of ballet to Europe and the United States with the Paris debut of the Ballets Russes
  • Radio in the 1920s

    January 14th, 2014
    Brief history of radio during the 1920s.
  • Geneva in the 1920s

    January 10th, 2014
    Overview of businesses in Geneva during the 1920s.
  • What was a flapper, anyway?

    December 31st, 2013
    Evolution of the term flapper as documented in the local newspaper
  • Prohibition: The Real Story (Or Close to It)

    December 17th, 2013
    How people and businesses got around the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act during the 1920s
  • Clubs, Associations, Organizations: Networking in the 1920s

    December 13th, 2013
    Brief overview of community organizations in Geneva during the 1920s.
  • The Arrival of the Consumer Economy

    November 26th, 2013
    The rise of the modern consumer culture as seen in Geneva.
  • The Helpful Horse

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