2019 Year in Review

January 3rd, 2020
groups of people sitting around tables

Community Conversation at Our lady of Peace Parish


With the Finger Lakes Solidary Network and Welcome America , we held a Community Conversation about the history of the Hispanic Community in the Finger Lakes and its important contributions to the area.






William Smith play day outfit and field hockey stick.


Our main exhibit theme was sports. Exhibits included Doing Much Good in Geneva: Geneva Family YMCA, Panthers and Saints: High School Sports , Come Out and Play: Sports and Recreation , and Statesman, Herons, and Lakers: College Sports 




Earlier in the year we welcomed two new employees –

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Becky Chapin (Archivist)

Young woman wearing glasses

Amy Pepe (Visitor Services and Public Programs Manager at Rose Hill Mansion and Johnston House)












a tree and kegs in front of a store front

Lake Drum Brewing


History Happy Hour – Happy Hour at Lake Drum Brewing is a little different from our other public programs – a captioned slideshow runs on a continuous loop so the audience can come at any time. Topics have included Seneca and Exchange Streets, beer, water, and cider and apples.



single story building with a porch and walkway

The East Tenant Cottage at Rose Hill was renovated into an exhibit space and bathrooms.










Woman with children in a hallway pointing up to Christmas greenery on the bannister.

Volunteer of the Year Diane Khouri leads children on holiday tour of the Prouty-Chew House.



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





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Annual Dinner at Belhurst








man pouring beer into a glass

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











people sitting in a back yard and watching a band perform on the porch.

July concert at Rose Hill



Agonal Rhythm, The Three of Us, and Rebecca Collen and the Chore Lades were part of the Rose Hill Concert Series.




young woman standing next to a poster

William Smith Intern Jordan Raivel spent the summer working on the exhibit Statesman, Herons, and Lakers: College Sports and developing programs.










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Community Day at Rose Hill










gift basket filled with wine, tickets and an ornament

Basket for the Geneva Music Festival


Partnering with other organizations and taking part in community events allows us to reach a broad audience.  Along with participating in the Senior Expo, Seneca7 and Bookfest, we donated raffle baskets to several organizations including the Geneva Public Library , Boys and Girls Club and Geneva BID .






People sitting around tables in a backyard and on a back porch

Rose Hill Food and Wine Celebration








two tents and other materials set up for Union soliders

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 2,400 students were provided a variety of opportunities to explore Geneva’s stories.





A group of adults standing outside listening to a lecture

A stop at the Mount Morris Dam during our day trip to Letchworth State Park.









People walking in a cemetery in the rain

Tour of St. Patrick’s Cemetery







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Audience for the “Auburn Road: A History of the Rail Line.”


Our spring and fall lecture series continued with programs about the sports, the Auburn Road, the Howland Family, and community milestones (anniversaries for the League of Women Voters ,  Geneva Rotary, Seneca Yacht Club,  Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church and the Community Lunch Program  were recognized).



Christmas decorations arranged on tables

51st Annual Wassail Bowl and Sale









Patent Cereal Mills by Arthur Dove.




In addition to Facebook and our blog, we continued our short video  series and story maps .






three people acting out a scene in a semi-dark room

With Breadcrumbs Productions, we hosted a retelling of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Photo courtesy of Chris Woodworth.

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