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East Side Honor Plaque Dedicated – July 1943

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, July 23, 1943, the same year the Geneva Historical Society was formed.) This is a post in celebration of the Geneva History Museum’s 75th anniversary, 1943 – 2018. The East Side honor plaque that was dedicated on Sunday, May 23, has since had two wings added to care for […]

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Star Is Presented Burgess-Norton At Annual Picnic

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, July 9, 1943, the same year the Geneva Historical Society was formed.) This is a post in celebration of the Geneva History Museum’s 75th anniversary, 1943 – 2018. At the annual family picnic of the Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. held last Saturday in Good Templar park, the company was awarded […]

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Family Activities during Swedish Days at the Museum!

Visit the Museum during Swedish Days for some fun family activities. June 19-23, 2018 / 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Three Museum galleries open Children’s Gallery Exhibition Go Figure! * where children can explore math and literacy activities throughout this exhibit.  Five popular children’s books are brought to life in gigantic reproductions of the artist’s original illustrations.  Books include: […]

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Mail Service in 1943 the Start of Zip Codes

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, June 4, 1943) This is a post in celebration of the Geneva History Museum’s 75th anniversary, 1943 – 2018. Visit our Feature Gallery In Other Words: The History of Communication in Geneva to learn more about Geneva’s postal service.  Open through November 3. The new method of speeding up […]

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Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson’s Connection to Geneva

Jack Johnson, the legendary first black heavyweight boxing champion from 1908-1915, was pardoned by President Donald Trump on May 24 from a criminal conviction in 1913 for transporting a white woman across state lines.  In the summer of 1920, Johnson was charged again for the same crime and was sent to Joliet prison to await […]

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Not a Teenager’s Typical Sunday Morning

In honor of Memorial Day, this article from the Museum’s archives was written by Charles T. Sehe, who grew up in Geneva, enlisted in the US Navy and survived the attack on Pear Harbor, December 7, 1941. I do not need Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day observances to remind me of how war changes Veteran’s […]

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Geneva Received National Publicity for RAMS – Geneva 1943

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, May 7, 1943) Geneva is getting national publicity due to an organization which was formulated by Mrs. Edmond Raftery of The Little Traveler.  The groups is known as the RAMS and means “Relieve A Man,” for war work or service is their aim.  At the present time there are […]

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Morell’s Cleaners Opens – Geneva 1943

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, May 7, 1943) Morrell’s Finer Cleaners today open a branch store in Geneva at 128 West State Street.  Extensive remodeling transformed this location in the First National Bank building into a first class “cash and carry” office.  Specially designed cases with fluorescent lighting have been installed throughout.  The color […]

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Museum is Strategic Partner in Economic Development

Letter received from Ashland Ventures LLC., Paul E. Kawalek, Chairman March 23, 2018 “This note is long overdue. All of us at Ahsland Ventures LLC wish to extend you and your team at the Geneva History Museum our deepest gratitude for all you have done to facilitate our re-development of 25 N. Third Street in […]

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Community Invests in Summer Playground Plan – Geneva 1943

(Headline from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, March 19, 1943) With Mrs. R. E. Armstrong presenting an idea for the program and backed by representatives of the local Girl and Boy Scouts and other civic organizations, the Geneva city council at the mid-month meeting Monday night agreed to give favorable consideration to a plan for supervised […]

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