Blog » Tag: 1951-2000

  • A Brief History of the T-Shirt

    February 14th, 2020
    A history of the "plain white t-shirt."
  • “A Friend of the Gutted Stick:” Francis “Babe” Kraus

    November 7th, 2019
    Brief biography of Francis "Babe" Kraus.
  • 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.
  • 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, 1972 – Present

    August 16th, 2019
    Part two of a brief history of William Smith College athletics
  • William Smith College Athletics, 1908-1971

    July 26th, 2019
    Brief history of William Smith College athletics.
  • Modern Day Figure Skating in Geneva

    July 19th, 2019
    Recollections on being a member of the Lake Country Figure Skating Club.
  • Women’s Sports

    July 5th, 2019
    Discussion on the impact of Title IX on young women and sports .
  • Christmas in Geneva 50 Years Ago

    December 19th, 2018
    Christmas shopping based on ads from the November 27, 1968 edition of the Geneva Times.
  • 1968: A Year of Change

    July 6th, 2018
    1968, the year the Geneva Historical Society opened Rose Hill Mansion as a museum, was a year of momentous change.
  • Curriculum Project Results in Student Mural

    August 4th, 2017
    Geneva Middle School students create a mural recounting Geneva High School boycotts of the 1970s.
  • Just a Piece of Wood?

    September 9th, 2016
    A piece from a piano provides a glimpse into Geneva's past.
  • Geneva 15 years ago

    August 19th, 2016
    Reflections on living in Geneva.
  • Geneva’s Stories: Urban Renewal in Geneva Part Two

    March 18th, 2016
    Second part of a two-part series on the impact of 1960s Urban Renewal on Geneva, NY.
  • Kids Today: The Generation Gap

    March 4th, 2016
    In the 1960s, a new phrase came into use: the generation gap. Genevans, like older Americans across the country worried about its young people, their clothes, their manners, and their attitude.
  • Geneva and the Civil Rights Movement

    February 26th, 2016
    As we at the Geneva Historical Society look back at the 1960s this year, we cannot ignore the protest movements that sprung out of that decade, particularly the Civil Rights Movement.
  • 45s, B-sides, and Albums

    February 19th, 2016
    Alice Askins wrote about live music in Geneva in the 1960s . As she pointed out, most groups played the hits of the day. If you wanted to hear the real thing, you bought the record.
  • Oh, those 1960s Cars!

    February 12th, 2016
    I am not a car buff. My vehicle doesn’t have to be sporty, exotic or sexy, but it just needs to get me from my home to my destination safely and comfortably.
  • Let’s Go to the Movies!

    February 5th, 2016
    When Genevans went to the Cinema Theatre, Seneca Drive-In Theatre or Geneva Theatre during the 1960s they could have seen a variety of movies.
  • Playing What They Loved: Geneva’s Music Scene in the 1960s

    January 29th, 2016
    Recently I talked with Geneva's Chuck Agonito about the rock and roll music scene in Geneva during in the 1960s. Since he was part of that scene, he is a wealth of information on the subject and has often written about it in his “Good Times” column for the Finger Lakes Times.
  • The 1960s at Hobart & William Smith Colleges

    January 22nd, 2016
    A quick view of Hobart & William Smith Colleges during the tumultuous 1960s.
  • Geneva’s Stories: Urban Renewal in Geneva

    January 15th, 2016
    The first video in a monthly series of short Geneva history stories, beginning with Urban Renewal.
  • Remembering the Days of the Neighborhood School

    January 8th, 2016
    In 1960 I was 8 years old. Back then everyone attended the neighborhood elementary school, either public or parochial.
  • Fund for Historic Geneva

    December 17th, 2015
    After two essays about urban renewal, both government and private, it’s time to turn to historic preservation.
  • Anything Goes: 1960s Clothing

    December 10th, 2015
    The 1960s emphasized youth and openness. It was a time when many rebelled against established ways. This was expressed in clothing, and, since human culture is a melting pot, anti-fashion became fashionable. Here are a few of the trends of the decade.
  • 1960s – The Clothing We Wore

    November 20th, 2015
    There were more changes in 1960’s styles than I can begin to talk about here. I was a relatively conservative dresser, in part because my folks exercised control over my choices and my friends were also pretty conservative so there was not much peer pressure with which to deal. Still I remember it as a time of change in styles, rebellion demonstrated through clothing….or sometimes More »
  • Building A Better Geneva: Urban Renewal, Part II

    November 13th, 2015
    After seven years of applying for Urban Renewal money, evaluating property conditions and values, and organizing the work, demolition began in March 1966.
  • 1960s Food: From Jello to Mastering French Cooking

    November 6th, 2015
    Like much of what happened in the decade, 1960s food spanned extremes from French haute cuisine to Spaghetti-Os and back again.
  • Innocent and Blithe: 1960s Fashion

    October 30th, 2015
    Recently, a friend mentioned that he had asked a group of young people what came to their minds when they thought of the 1960s. “Hippies,” is what I thought, since I enjoy clothing, and hippies certainly had their own style. In this post, though, I want to talk about mainstream fashion.
  • Headed to the Drive-in

    October 22nd, 2015
    I love being able to revisit the past and our fundraiser focused on the 1960s (being held in March 2016) is giving me a wonderful opportunity to review one of the most interesting decades I remember.
  • Building A Better Geneva: Urban Renewal, Part I

    October 16th, 2015
    For those of us of a certain age, urban renewal is the scapegoat for unpleasant change in our communities. “Why did they [always an unnamed “they”] tear down X, Y, and Z?” “Urban renewal.” While I sympathize with mourning the loss of what used to be, I wanted to find out what urban renewal really was, why communities embraced it, and who “they” were.
  • 1960s Student Unrest in Geneva

    September 25th, 2015
    Very early on May 5, 1970, Ontario County Sheriffs arrested five Hobart students in a drug raid. The raid turned up hash pipes, pills and marijuana. One of the sheriffs was recognized by the students as “Tommy the Traveler” – a man who had been active on campus encouraging anti-war and anti-ROTC protests, and claiming to be a member of Students for a Democratic Society.
  • Growing Up in the 1960s

    September 11th, 2015
    The 1960s were a decade that encompassed some of the worst and best events of my young age. Born in 1952, the 1960s covered my life from the ages of 8 to 18. In that time I went from playing with toys to being interested in boys.
  • Accidental History Topics

    July 10th, 2015
    I’ve posted photos to the historical society’s Facebook page for two and a half years. Digging further into the collection to come up with fresh material, I found this photo of Castle Street
  • Little Golden Books

    January 23rd, 2015
    My Little Golden Book memory were sparked by a recent traveling exhibit at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books. During lectures that accompanied the exhibit, I discovered two things. First, Little Golden Books debuted during World War II. Second, illustrator Eloise Wilkin lived in Canandaigua.
  • Grocery Shopping in Geneva 1957

    November 15th, 2013
    Grocery shopping in Geneva in 1957.