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Make A Way Somehow History Harvest

August 20, 2022, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Three young black women sitting around a picnic table at a festival at twilight. In the background are a crowd of people, amusement park rides and striped tents.

A Mount Olive Juneteenth celebration.

Historic Geneva is hosting two History Harvests for the Make A Way Somehow 30th-anniversary project. The goal of the History Harvests is to document Geneva's Black community from 1965 to the present day, continuing the story told in the original 1991 Make a Way Somehow exhibit.

During the History Harvests, Archivist Becky Chapin and Curator John Marks will offer limited digitization services and give advice on caring for family documents. The organization's staff will be asking for help in identifying photographs from their collection and gathering information about the Black community, with a focus on the time since 1965. Historic Geneva also welcomes information outside of this time period as a way to preserve all of Geneva’s stories.

On Saturday, August 20, Becky and John will be at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Saturday, September 10, they will be at the Geneva Public Library in the Community Room from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The use of a Geneva Public Library meeting space by an unaffiliated organization does not constitute the Library's endorsement of said organization's policies or beliefs.

For further information or questions, please email or call 315-789-5151 and ask for Becky Chapin or John Marks.

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