2017 Year In Review

December 29th, 2017

Our new publication The Prouty-Chew Chronicles debuted. Topics included the local suffrage movement and music.  Copies are available for sale ($4 for Historical Society members and $5 for non-members) at our gift shops

people standing around a table with wine bottles and glasses

Rose Hill Food and Wine Celebration





From special events to data entry we could not accomplish all that we do without the support of our volunteers

people sitting at long tables in a class room and looking at a screen

Teachers’ Workshop for the People’s History of Geneva K-12 Curriculum Project




People’s History of Geneva K-12 Curriculum Project  is a collaborative project between the Geneva City School District, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the Historical Society to infuse local history into the school curriculum.

owl at the bottom of a circle

For the third year in a row, Rose Hill received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

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Annual Dinner and Meeting



man serving a beverage to two people

In June we celebrated the Finger Lakes region’s breweries with our first Blues, Brews, and Barbecue event.


Collections 2

As an experiment, we crowdsourced two exhibits – Stuff: A Material History of Geneva and Tell Me A Story .


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Agonal Rhythm, Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, and John Bolger were part of the Rose Hill Concert Series

People standing in a cemetery

Tour of Glenwood Cemetery






people standing on a porch

On a hot, muggy July evening we hosted a Business After Hours event for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

men working in a cemetery

Re-installation of the Washington Street Cemetery arch









woman standing next to a sign with a hedge, cars and buildings in the background

Dedication of the historical marker at Lochland








2017 marked the 100th anniversary of women gaining full suffrage in New York State.  To commemorate the anniversary, our spring lectures focused on the suffrage movement; with funding from the Pomeroy Foundation  and in partnership with Lochland  a historical marker honoring the mother-daughter team of Elizabeth and Anne Miller  was installed on the grounds of Lochland; through Humanities New York and in collaboration with the Geneva Public Library we hosted Votes for Women: A Reading and Discussion Program; several items from our collections were loaned to the Ontario County Historical Society  and New York State Museum for their suffrage exhibits; and the City declared November 30, 2017 Geneva Political Equality Club Day.

A man repairing the exterior of a building

Clapboard replacement on the north side of Rose Hill

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As part of the spring lecture series there was a staged reading of a suffrage play








water in front of several buildings

Over a long weekend a group went on a whirlwind tour of the Boston area. Stops included Plymouth, Salem, Rockport, Gloucester, Lexington and Concord

a green two story house

To increase interest in the Johnston House, we installed three exhibits focusing on agriculture, technology, and immigration.

young lady posing for a photo with a sheep

Selfie with a sheep


With the help of the Beverly Animal Shelter , the Easton Bird Society , Montezuma Wildlife Refuge , and Colony CareGivers , Rose Hill went to the cats and dogs during Rose Hill Gone Wild.

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A group spent the day at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Activities included tours of the New York State Museum and the Capital Building






People standing around a forge

Reynold’s Battery held a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of Rose Hill for Seneca County middle school students.


Whether inside or outside the classroom over 2,000 students were provided a variety of opportunities to explore Geneva’s stories.




Wassail Bowl Sale








a room lit by candles

With Breadcrumbs Productions, we hosted a retelling of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.”

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