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Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes: More Than Two Words About Calvin Coolidge

March 26, 2022, 2:00 pm -

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Three-quarters view of a white man in a suit from head and shoulders up.

The Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes in partnership with Historic Geneva will present  More Than Two Words About Calvin Coolidge by John Creamer of Penn Yan. Masks will be required in consideration of any vulnerable attendees. The meeting is presented in cooperation with Historic Geneva.

John Creamer has a special interest in lesser known aspects of American history. Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President, serving from 1923 to 1929. As Vice President, he succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of President Warren Harding. He was then elected to one term and chose not to run again.

John Creamer noted, “Some people think they know about Calvin Coolidge – that he never spoke, except to say 'You lose' and 'I do not choose'; that he was rather parsimonious; and that he presided over the Roaring Twenties.“

“All that is true, sort of. But there’s more. Coolidge’s life was filled with triumph, tragedy, and more talk than most of us know. But I’ve already said more than he would have preferred. You’ll have to come to the program to hear the rest.”

Creamer is a retired public reference librarian and occasionally successful watch repairer. Many years ago a teacher tried to steer him away from some arcane bit of history with the admonition that ‘nothing happened then; no one cares about that.' Ever since then he has happily investigated people, events, and things that no one else cares about. “It hasn’t made me rich,” Creamer says, “but it has kept me interested. Note to teachers: be careful what you say to students; sometimes they’re paying attention.“

The Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes is in its 47th year of programming. Meetings are free and open to the public, but membership is welcome and encouraged at $10 per year. Programs include meetings at the Geneva History Museum, field trips and social events. See our Facebook page for more news.

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