• One House, Many People

    March 21st, 2024
    Behind the beautiful façade, hundreds of people have labored to run Rose Hill from the time it was the center of a 1200-acre farm to its recent history as a historic house museum. The nature of the work and the people who do it, has changed over 200 years. One House, Many People chronicles enslaved, paid, and volunteer workers from Rose Hill.  Slavery was legal More »
  • Comet Finder: Dr. William R. Brooks

    January 11th, 2024
    This exhibit looks at the life and work of Geneva comet finder William Brooks, an astronomer who made sixteen of his discoveries while a professor at Hobart College.
  • My Geneva is…Parks and Playgrounds

    September 20th, 2023
    A community-sourced exhibit featuring images and recollections of gatherings, sports, and games at Geneva's parks and playgrounds.
  • Ethan Fogg: Locks and Keys

    August 22nd, 2023
    A collection of locks and keys from Ethan Fogg.
  • New Acquisitions

    June 22nd, 2023
    An exhibit featuring a selection of items donated to the Historic Geneva collection during the past few years.
  • Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community Since 1966

    June 9th, 2023
    This exhibit explores the history of Geneva's Black community since 1966, the concluding year of a 1991 exhibit produced on the history of the city's Black citizens. It looks at the past 50 years of change.
  • Community Curator: John Marks

    April 13th, 2023
    A display of flamingo-themed items loaned by curator John Marks.
  • There’ll Be Some Changes Made: Geneva in the 1920s

    January 25th, 2023
    An exhibit about how the wild decade of the 1920s affected Geneva.
  • 125th Anniversary Geneva: Now a City

    January 6th, 2023
    A small exhibit of items celebrating various Geneva anniversaries.
  • Community Curator: John LaBuff

    October 24th, 2022
    John LaBuff's collection of Snoopy-themed figures and collectibles.
  • My Geneva is…Then and Now

    September 28th, 2022
    An exhibit that pairs historic views around the city of Geneva with contemporary photos of the same location.
  • Community Curator: Bill Forbis

    August 8th, 2022
    A collection of shells and beach ornaments of the late Bill Forbis on loan from his family.
  • Hip Hobart Forever! 200 Years of Hobart College

    July 7th, 2022
    Explore 200 years of the intertwined history of Hobart College and the Geneva community.
  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food and Beverages in Geneva

    June 1st, 2022
    An exhibit which explores the history of food and beverages in Geneva's history.
  • Community Curator: Harriot Weiskittel

    May 17th, 2022
    Harriot Weiskittel has loaned a collection on the British Royal Family.
  • 2022 Geneva City School District Art Show

    May 6th, 2022
    A display of work by students at West and North Street Elementary Schools, Geneva Middle School, and Geneva High School.
  • Immigration in New York State, 1650-1950

    April 7th, 2022
    This small traveling exhibit from New York Heritage focuses on historic immigration to New York State from 1650 to 1950.
  • Community Curator: Mary Jean Wesler

    March 10th, 2022
    Mary Jean Wesler's collection of ceramic pitchers.
  • Historic Scrapbooks: Gluing Together the Past

    January 31st, 2022
    An exhibit featuring a variety of historic scrapbooks from the Historic Geneva collection, documenting family and group life in the community's past.
  • Community Curator: Sharon Best

    December 16th, 2021
    A patriotic collection of American eagle sculpture from the late Bill Best on loan by his wife Sharon.
  • My Geneva is… Home Edition

    September 22nd, 2021
    The latest edition of the crowdsourced My Geneva is… exhibit series features homes in Geneva.
  • Community Curator: Pat Keefe

    August 16th, 2021
    A display of Pat Keefe's collection of projectile points and related materials is currently on display.
  • We Stayed at Home: A Record of Geneva in the COVID-19 Pandemic

    July 19th, 2021
    What might future historians and generations need to understand the COVID-19 Pandemic? All of us have a story to tell about our experiences in this historic time, and this exhibit showcases a few of those experiences.
  • Geneva Innovators

    June 11th, 2021
    In this exhibit, encounter the many Geneva innovators who have changed the community and the world with new ideas and inventions.
  • Community Curator: Chris Davis

    June 11th, 2021
    Chris Davis collects bottle art and memory jugs and has graciously loaned us several items from his collection.
  • 2021 Geneva City School District Art Show

    April 30th, 2021
    A display of work by students at West and North Street Elementary Schools, Geneva Middle School, and Geneva High School.
  • Community Curator: Marty Schlabach

    April 7th, 2021
    A Community Curator exhibit featuring Marty Schlabach's collection of poultry paraphernalia.
  • My Geneva is…

    February 2nd, 2021
    The exhibit My Geneva is… is made up entirely of photos contributed by community members. My Geneva is… includes images that convey what Geneva is to an individual.
  • Community Curator: Karen Colizzi Noonan

    January 29th, 2021
    Karen Colizzi Noonan collects theater memorabilia and has graciously loaned us a selection of her theater models.    
  • Community Curator: Karen Osburn

    December 9th, 2020
    Display of Karen Osburn's bear and horse collection.
  • Community Curator: Anthony Noone

    October 23rd, 2020
    Display of Anthony Noone's political memorabilia collection.
  • Those Who Served: Items From The Clothing Collection

    October 1st, 2020
    See items from the clothing collection that are connected to men and women who served in the military and in support organizations.  
  • Rightfully Hers

    July 24th, 2020
    Rightfully Hers is a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today.
  • An Educated Citizenry: Education in Geneva

    July 10th, 2020
    Explores the evolution of schools, colleges, and informal learning in Geneva.
  • All Things Geneva: Items from the Clothing Collection

    January 31st, 2020
    See items from the clothing collection that are connected to Geneva events, made in Geneva, or sold in Geneva.
  • Statesmen, Herons & Lakers: College Sports in Geneva

    July 17th, 2019
    This exhibit looks at sports programs at Geneva's three colleges: Hobart College, William Smith College and Finger Lakes Community College.
  • Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation in Geneva

    June 13th, 2019
    Explore recreation and amateur sports history in Geneva, NY.
  • 2019 Geneva City School District Art Show

    June 13th, 2019
    The 2019 Geneva City School District Student Art Show will be on display at the Geneva History Museum from Saturday, May 4 to May 25. The show includes works by students at West and North Street Elementary Schools, Geneva Middle School, and Geneva High School.
  • Panthers & Saints: High School Sports in Geneva

    February 19th, 2019
    This exhibit looks at the history of school sports at Geneva and DeSales High Schools from the 1890s to the present.
  • Growing Up in Geneva

    November 8th, 2018
    What do people in Geneva remember about their childhood here? Lots about food based on the content in our new crowdsourced exhibit, Growing Up in Geneva.
  • Dove’s Geneva

    June 29th, 2018
    Explore modernist artist Arthur Dove's connection to the city of Geneva and the mark he and his family left on it.
  • A Changing World: Geneva and World War I

    June 15th, 2018
    Explore Geneva's participation World War I.
  • 2018 Geneva City School District Art Show

    April 30th, 2018
    See the work of Geneva's up-and-coming young artists!
  • Medicine and Illness: Health Care in Geneva

    February 9th, 2018
    Explore how health care in Geneva has changed from the 1790s to the present.
  • Tell Me a Story

    November 1st, 2017
    Enjoy the wit, humor, and imagination of our Facebook fans in this exhibit of reinterpreted historic photos.
  • Stuff: A Material History of Geneva

    July 10th, 2017
    What objects represent Geneva to you? This is an exhibit of twenty-five objects chosen by our Facebook fans to represent Geneva.
  • Every Building Tells a Story: Architecture in Geneva

    June 30th, 2017
    This exhibit looks at how Geneva’s buildings tell stories about neighborhood development, historic preservation, and architectural style.
  • “Good Results Have Followed”: the Women’s Rights Movement in Geneva 1848-2017

    February 13th, 2017
    Follow Geneva activists' efforts to achieve woman suffrage in this exhibit.
  • Two Genevas: Town and City

    October 21st, 2016
    This exhibit explores the history and development of the Village, then City, and Town of Geneva, New York.
  • Music in the Key of Geneva

    October 20th, 2016
    From international stars who have performed at Club 86 and the Smith Opera House to locals who get together and play every week, Geneva has a rich musical heritage. Music in the Key of Geneva presents and chronicles that history.
  • Support Your Candidate: Political Memorabilia

    March 10th, 2016
    This exhibit marks the 2016 election year with a display of national and local political memorabilia and ephemera.
  • Imagemakers Photography Exhibit

    December 22nd, 2015
    The Boys & Girls Club of America ImageMakers National Photography Contest is an annual contest that encourages youth to explore the latest in photography arts. Works by youth artists from the Geneva Boys and Girls Club will be on display at the Geneva History Museum from January 8 to January 29, 2016.
  • “Now is the Time of Our Country’s Need”: Geneva and the Civil War

    May 15th, 2015
    On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, explore Geneva's experience of this tumultuous period in American history.
  • 2015 Geneva City School District Art Show

    April 17th, 2015
    Come see the work of Geneva's youngest artists! This exhibit features the best work of students in kindergarten through grade 12 at North Street School, West Street School, Geneva Middle School and Geneva High School.
  • Geneva A – Z

    March 19th, 2015
    What makes Geneva...Geneva? An A to Z compendium.
  • The Second War of Independence: Geneva and the War of 1812

    July 9th, 2014
    On the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, discover Geneva's involvement in the "second war for Independence."
  • History of Newspapers in Geneva

    May 30th, 2014
    The history of newspapers in Geneva begins in 1796. Through the 19th century, the village often had at least two newspapers of opposite political views. The Geneva Daily Times began in 1895 and was the forerunner of today's Finger Lakes Times.
  • Torrey Park & Club 86

    May 30th, 2014
    Beginning in the 1890s, Torrey Park was the Italian neighborhood of Geneva. It had everything people needed: the Lehigh Valley passenger depot, jobs at nearby factories, and a variety of stores and restaurants. Club 86 grew from the Legott family restaurant and hosted musicians from Wilmer and the Dukes to Louis Armstrong and Nat "King" Cole.
  • The Armory on Main Street

    May 30th, 2014
    Geneva's armory was built in 1892 and went through several expansions and changes. As technology made weaponry and vehicles larger, many New York State armories were moved out of downtown to suburban locations. Geneva's armory still serves as the recruitment, training, and deployment center for its National Guard unit
  • Brotherhood: Freemasonry in Geneva

    May 30th, 2014
    Freemasonry has a long local history. Masonic groups have been in Geneva since 1807 when Ark Lodge was formed. Even though membership peaked in the late 1920s, lodges remain active and accept new members. The exhibit answers common questions about freemasonry (including “the Morgan affair”) and highlights Geneva’s Masonic temples through the years as well as prominent local Masons (January -June 2013). Brotherhood
  • Molding & Machining: Metalwork in Geneva

    April 11th, 2014
    In the mid-1800s, Geneva claimed more foundries and machine shops than any other community between Auburn and Buffalo. By the 1950s, the metal industry accounted for almost 70% of the city’s jobs. Today, there is only one major metal fabrication company in town. Molding & Machining focuses on what drew these businesses to Geneva in the 19th century and why they were gone by the late 20th More »
  • How Railroads Shaped Geneva

    April 11th, 2014
    This exhibit highlights the importance of railroads to the city from the 1840s to the 1960s. Geneva sat at the intersection of two major lines, the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the New York Central Railroad, and was connected to other railroads by regional “short lines.” The exhibit examines the many ways the railroads affected the average resident, from bringing new people and things to town, More »
  • Furnished Period Rooms

    March 20th, 2014
    The Geneva History Museum features two rooms with furniture and decorative arts ranging from early American to the Colonial Revival style of the late 19th century.
  • The Charles Bauder Children’s Discovery Room

    March 20th, 2014
    Designed for children aged six to ten years old, the colorful 240-square-foot space contains hands-on activities and books that allow children to explore aspects of local history and culture. Activities focus on Seneca basket making and beadwork, historic clothing, transportation, and “re-building” downtown Geneva. Two of the walls sport a mural designed by Trumansburg artist Daniel Burgevin, which contains a colorful and lively visual history More »
  • Geneva’s Changing Landscapes

    March 20th, 2014
    Geneva’s Changing Landscapes focuses on three themes that thread through most of Geneva’s history: geography, agriculture and transportation. Through these themes, the exhibit explores the questions many people have about why Geneva is here, what brought people to the community, and what the community has contributed to the wider world.
  • Scientific Investigation: A History of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station

    March 20th, 2014
    Established in 1880, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s purpose was to promote “agriculture in its various branches by scientific investigation and experimentation.” Though the nature of investigation has changed over the past 130 years scientists still address the same questions of increased production, food safety, and developing healthy food that people want to eat (June 2013 -April 2014). Scientific Investigation
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