A Geneva Christmas Tradition Since the 1930s

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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 through the 1970s.  In the off season, the figures and bed were stored off site and at some point the holiday tradition was forgotten.  In 1992, these artifacts were rescued from near destruction in a flooded basement and donated to the Museum for restoration and preservation.  The Museum now displays the Crèche each holiday season and shares its local and cultural story.

You can learn more about the Créche along with our annual Geneva Giving Trees at the Geneva History Museum until December 23 at 113 S. Third Street.  Admission to the Museum is free during the holidays,  11a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays with a special evening viewing during the Geneva Christmas Walk, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 2.

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