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Rooted in History Donor Wall

The Geneva History Museum hosted their Annual Member’s Celebration Monday evening, December 4, 2017.  To start the evening, an addition to the lobby donor wall was unveiled.  Rooted in history…Growing Together is the theme that symbolizes the growth of the Geneva History Museum. The basis of the design is a tree, painted by Museum Board […]

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2017 Geneva Giving Trees

Vote for your favorite tree decorated by local groups.

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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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Museum Board of Directors Names New Historian Emerita

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

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Swedish Days Trolley Tours

At the turn of the twentieth century, railroads and electric trolley lines were important modes of transportation for Chicago’s western suburbs.  The Aurora, Elgin and Chicago electric railway system, also known as “the third rail,” connected the Fox River Valley to Chicago. The transit system provided frequent operations and easy connections for both daily commutes […]

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Birthday Celebration of 127 S. First Street

  In May 1917, the building at 127 South First Street was constructed for the Chicago Telephone Company in an effort to unify exchanges and standardize equipment. It was reported that the first long-distance phone call west of Chicago was made through this telephone office. Eventually, the building housed administrative offices of the Kane County […]

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