A Geneva Holiday Tradition

The original home at 404 S. Third Street was built for Polly Patten Clark in 1867. Edmond and Kate Raftery purchased the property in 1919 and by 1922 they converted the carriage house into the “Geneva Gift Shop” where items from abroad were sold to the public. At the age of 52, without any business […]

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Meet our new Historian Emeritus

The Geneva History Museum is pleased to announce that Mick Zollers has been named Historian Emeritus by a unanimous vote of the Museum’s Board of Directors.  Historian Emeritus is an honorary perpetual status of founders or individuals of distinction who have moved the organization to new heights. “Mick’s long time dedication to the museum, his […]

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Museum Awarded Bronze Plaque

The building at 113 South Third Street is now home to the Geneva History Museum. It received a bronze plaque recognition in 2017 based on the date of construction being over 100 years old and its historical significance. The original portion of the building housed one of the longest continually operated businesses in Geneva. From […]

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Architectural Overview of Geneva

Built in the 1850s for C. B. Wells, this building was cited by the Historic Building Survey of 1934 as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival style.  Charles Wells was a politically-active, influential lawyer that rose to the rank of major in the Civil War.  After the war he opened an office in […]

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Geneva’s Aviation History

Did you know Charles Lindbergh flew over Geneva? And Geneva once had an airport? Local aviation history was first made on August 15, 1927 when Charles Lindbergh’s famous plane, the “Spirit of St. Louis” flew over Geneva, Batavia and Mooseheart on his way to Springfield from Chicago. This air tour covered 48 states and visited […]

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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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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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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 On Wheels – Fall Schedule

Explore Geneva in comfort and hear stories of people and places told by a personal guide of the Geneva History Museum.  A high-top van will take you from the Museum on a 45 to 60 minute tour of Historic Downtown Geneva. $25/person, includes admission to the Museum.  Tours end at The Little Traveler with a […]

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