Geneva History Museum FAQs

What is the Prouty-Chew House?

The Prouty-Chew House is the building that houses the Geneva Historical Society offices and the Geneva History Museum.

How old is the building?

The house was built between 1825 and 1829 by Charles Butler. Three generations of the Prouty family lived in it from 1842 to 1891. Beverly Chew, a descendent of the first Prouty to live in the house, resided in the house from 1921 to 1960. He donated the building to the Geneva Historical Society in 1960 to serve as the Historical Society’s offices, collections storage, and exhibit space.

Is the house air conditioned?

No, the exhibit areas can get very warm in hot weather.

Is the house wheelchair accessible?

No, the house does not meet ADA standards for wheelchair accessibility. The main entrance to the house is about six steps up from ground level and exhibits are on the first and basement levels. There is an entrance on the basement level that can be reached down a steep driveway. This entrance is normally locked, so please let us know in advance if you think you will need to enter here. The main exhibit and program gallery are through this entrance, however, the archives, a second exhibit gallery, and restrooms are up about three steps. They are accessible with a portable wheelchair ramp.

Do you have to be a member of the Geneva Historical Society to visit the museum or attend a program?

No. Anyone is welcome to join the Geneva Historical Society and support our mission to preserve the collective heritage of Geneva. The Geneva History Museum and Geneva Historical Society programs are open to the public.

Can I volunteer at the Museum?

Yes. Please see our Support page for more information.

What are the Museum’s safety guidelines?

For their own safety as well as that of other visitors and staff, we are asking visitors to be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Guidelines for all Geneva Historical Society Properties

– All visitors and staff are required to wear a face covering onsite. If a visitor does not have a face covering, a mask will be provided.   Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and be worn at all times. The exceptions are children under two years old and those were are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.

– All visitors are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving any Historical Society property.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all Historical Society properties.

-Visitors and staff are encouraged to practice proper respiratory etiquette.

-Groups that arrive together in the same vehicle and/or of the same household group may gather together during their visit to a Historical Society property.

-To help monitor capacity, visiting groups and/or individuals must, whenever possible, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from others during a visit to a Historical Society property.

-“High touch” areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to door knobs, hand railings and restroom fixtures.

-Visitors are encouraged, but not required, to provide contact information for contact tracing.

-Any visitor experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing should postpone their visit.

-For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we may close for health and safety purposes. For up-to-date information, call 315-789-5151 or visit the Historical Society’s web site.

-By visiting a Historical Society property, visitors voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Geneva History Museum

-For the time being, the Museum is operating at 50% capacity.

-To help monitor capacity and social distancing, the way visitors move through the Museum has been reconfigured. A pamphlet (which can be kept or recycled at the end of the visit) will help guide visitors through the Museum. A digital version is also available.

-The Research Room is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons by appointment only.  Click here to make an appointment or call 315-789-5151. Research requests can also be made over the phone, via email or through social media.

-To discuss making a donation to our three-dimensional and archival collections, click here  to make an appointment or call 325-789-5151.

Review the Geneva  Historical Society’s complete re-opening plan here.