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.