Geneva’s Fire of 1953

On February 1, 1953, flames engulfed nearly an entire block of buildings on the south side of State Street between First and Second Streets in Geneva.  Starting in the Lance Classic Barber Shop at 122 West State Street, the fire then travelled next door to Rosenfelder’s Ace Hardware Store containing a variety of flammables causing […]

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2016 Geneva Giving Trees

Vote for your favorite tree decorated by local groups.

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A Geneva Christmas Tradition Since the 1930s

  The Geneva History Museum’s oldest and rarest treasure is an 18th-Century Neapolitan Crèche that is displayed in a 17th-Century French provincial corner bed.  Kate Raftery, founder of The Little Traveler, acquired these incredible artifacts while traveling in Europe.  She created a holiday tradition by displaying it each year at The Little Traveler from 1930 […]

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Cemetery Walks, Oct. 15 & 22

  Explore Geneva’s cemeteries and learn the meaning of markings on tombstones along with stories of prominent Geneva settlers.  Meet at the cemeteries and wear comfortable walking shoes. Saturday, October 15, 2PM and 4PM at West Side Cemetery on Stevens Street.  Prominent settlers include the founding family of Geneva the Herringtons, Unitarian Church’s first minister […]

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Geneva On 2-Wheels, July 8

Enjoy a seven-mile guided bike tour of Geneva including trails along the scenic Fox River.  Fabyan Forest Preserve, and historic downtown.  Start and end at Mill Race Cyclery with several stops throughout including a visit to the Geneva History Museum. Next tour is 10 A.M., Friday, July 8. $25/person, includes bike rental or $15/person with […]

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2016 Swedish Days Citrus Vodka Supports the Museum

Made only once a year, Swedish Days Citrus Vodka™ is a premium vodka made in Geneva at Fox River Distilling Company.  A portion of the profits from the sale of every bottle benefits the Geneva History Museum.  Only 500 bottles are made of this refreshing taste with natural flavors of orange, lemon, lime, and a […]

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Swedish Days Trolley & Walking Tours

Hop on our trolley at the corner of Second & James Streets every hour on the hour from 11 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 21, 22 & 23 during Swedish Days.  35-minute tours of historic Geneva including the city’s east side.  A Museum guide will share stories of the Fox River, businesses, […]

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Museum Honors Historical Home

David and Jacqueline Saylor, contacted the Museum to learn the history of their home at 509 Easton Street in Geneva.  They went through the process of our research request system and then our staff and volunteers started extensive research in the Museum’s archives.  Several weeks later, the Saylor’s learned the story of their home and were pleased […]

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May is Membership Month Winner!

May 2016 was the first Membership Month for the Geneva History Museum and we are proud to announce that during the month of May 137 people renewed or became Museum Members and many made an additional donation which raised more than $10,000 for the Museum. As promised, the names of those who renewed or joined in May were […]

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Geneva’s Connection to the Chicago Bears Fight Song

  Bernhard “Whitey” Berquist, nicknamed for his blonde, almost white colored hair, was a Geneva resident for his entire professional career and a musician of some notoriety.  He was a well-known Chicago area pianist, organist and recording artist.  He progressed into national prominence as conductor of the NBC orchestra for 29 years including the network’s […]

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