Blog » Category: Museum Work

  • Listening and Learning

    August 5th, 2022
    Overview of cassette tape transcription and audio reel digitization projects connected to oral histories in Historic Geneva’s collection.
  • Community Day 2022

    August 1st, 2022
    Overview of activities that will be at Rose Hill Mansion during Community Day.
  • Looking Back At My First Year At Rose Hill

    May 26th, 2022
    The Visitor Services and Program Manager reflects on her first year at Rose Hill.
  • 2021 By Number

    May 6th, 2022
    Overview of Historic Geneva's activities in 2021.
  • Spring at Rose Hill

    April 29th, 2022
    Preparing Rose Hill for the 2022 season.
  • Those Who Came Before Us

    April 1st, 2022
    Overview of local historians who have chronicled and preserved Geneva's stories.
  • Rose Hill Volunteers

    March 18th, 2022
    Volunteer opportunities at Rose Hill Mansion.
  • New Year, New Season at Rose Hill

    January 28th, 2022
    New Year activities for the Swan family and Historic Geneva
  • 2021 Collections Year in Review

    January 7th, 2022
    Artifact donation highlights in 2021.
  • Hearing from You: The Rest of the Story

    December 10th, 2021
    Examples of how our online viewers recently helped to fill in the gaps for some of Geneva’s stories.
  • Keeping Your Archive With Us

    November 4th, 2021
    How Historic Geneva can help community organizations with their collections
  • Opening Rose Hill Mansion For The Season

    July 30th, 2021
    A comparison between Historic Geneva staff preparing Rose Hill Mansion for the season and domestic servants preparing the house for the day during the mid-19th century.
  • Twenty-first Century Collecting

    July 23rd, 2021
    Thoughts on collecting contemporary items.
  • What’s Up with the Susan B Anthony Photo?

    July 16th, 2021
    A discussion on accepting items in Historic Geneva's collections.
  • My Geneva Is…Home Edition

    July 9th, 2021
    In an effort to expand the photograph collection, all Genevans are invited to submit photos of houses around Geneva from any time period.
  • Historians At Home: Jeanine Housman

    June 18th, 2021
    Our fourth post in our "Historians At Home" series.
  • What Is A Finding Aid And How Does It Work?

    June 4th, 2021
    A quick tutorial on finding aids
  • My Geneva Is …..

    May 7th, 2021
    For the City Historian, Geneva is the people.
  • Historians At Home: Becky Chapin

    April 25th, 2021
    Our third post in our "Historians At Home" series.
  • Archives In The News

    March 12th, 2021
    A few current stories about archives in the news.
  • Historians At Home: Anne Dealy

    March 5th, 2021
    The second post in our "Historians at Home" series.
  • Voices From the Archives

    February 26th, 2021
    Excerpts of oral histories with members of local African American community.
  • Why Don’t We Just Digitize Everything?

    February 12th, 2021
    Reflections on the digital age in the context of archiving
  • Historians at Home: John Marks

    January 22nd, 2021
    The first post in our "Historians at Home" series.
  • Looks Like We Made It

    January 1st, 2021
    Reflections on how the Historical Society has been able to remain open virtually and physically.
  • 2020 Collection Reflections

    December 23rd, 2020
    Artifact donation highlights in 2020
  • My Geneva is…

    December 11th, 2020
    For a commuter, Geneva is its built environment, especially the roadways.
  • My Geneva Is …

    December 4th, 2020
    For our archivist, her Geneva is cold Sunday mornings at the Geneva Rec Center
  • My Geneva Is….

    November 5th, 2020
    For our curator his Geneva is Geneva History Museum and Lake Drum Brewing.
  • #museumalphabet, Part 2

    September 25th, 2020
    Suggestions from the social media campaign #museumalphabet.
  • #museumalphabet, Part 1

    August 28th, 2020
    Suggestions from the social media campaign #museumalphabet.
  • Geneva’s Stories

    July 31st, 2020
    A collection of the Historical Society's digital content that explores Geneva’s diverse stories.
  • We Are Ready, Are You?

    July 10th, 2020
    Re-opening plans for the Historical Society properties.
  • Things I Miss

    June 19th, 2020
    Musings on things missed during the pandemic.
  • At the Intersection of Public History and Public Health: My Pandemic Experience

    May 22nd, 2020
    When public history meets public health.
  • What is an Archivist Without Their Archives?; or Why Archivists are Up on their Tetanus

    May 15th, 2020
    Our archivist working from home during the pandemic
  • Living in a Digital World

    April 17th, 2020
    A public historian adjusts to working in the new "normal."
  • 2019 By Number

    January 31st, 2020
    Overview of the Historical Society's 2019 activities
  • A New Year’s Wish for More Artifacts

    January 24th, 2020
    An appeal for artifacts.
  • A Christmas Wish for More History

    December 13th, 2019
    An appeal for photographs.
  • Why Does New York State Have Municipal Historians?

    October 4th, 2019
    The story of why municipal historians were established in New York State
  • Take a Chance on History

    August 30th, 2019
    Support the Historical Society by purchasing 50/50 tickets.
  • The Novelty of a Find

    August 9th, 2019
    A box found in the Archives provides insight into village politics during the mid-1800s.
  • New staffer at Rose Hill and Johnston House

    May 17th, 2019
    Introduction of a new staff member
  • 2019 Community Survey

    February 28th, 2019
    Fill out the 2019 Community Survey and have a voice in planning the Historical Society’s future.
  • Panthers & Saints: High School Sports in Geneva

    February 22nd, 2019
    New exhibit explores 120 years of high school athletics in Geneva.
  • Storymaps

    January 11th, 2019
    The Historical Society finds a new way to tell Geneva's stories.
  • Exploring Cemetery Stories with School Children

    November 9th, 2018
    What can you learn from a cemetery? Every autumn Geneva's second and fifth grade students get to find out.
  • Dove’s Geneva

    June 22nd, 2018
    In conjunction with the exhibit opening of "Dove's Geneva, the Geneva Historical Society and the Arthur Dove Tribute Group are hosting a special event celebrating the importance of Dove and his work to Geneva.
  • Help Curate the Historical Society’s Fall Exhibit

    June 22nd, 2018
    Building off of its 2017 crowdsourced exhibits, Stuff: A Material History of Geneva and Tell Me A Story, the Geneva Historical Society is asking the public to help curate the fall 2018 exhibit at the Geneva History Museum.
  • Creativity Incubator

    March 22nd, 2018
    Help the Historical Society reinterpret its collection through the Creativity Incubator.
  • Research Libraries

    October 24th, 2017
    A discussion about public and private research libraries.
  • History is Really About the People

    October 13th, 2017
    It is the people who bring history to life
  • Getting Back Our First Names

    April 21st, 2017
    Reclaiming women's first names through the historical record
  • Images from the Collection

    April 7th, 2017
    Stories behind six images from our photo collection
  • Exhibits

    May 5th, 2016
    Many years ago, most museums did exhibitions using the time tested tool of the diorama. Dioramas, both life size and in miniature, were used to tell a story
  • Explaining the 1960s

    September 4th, 2015
    Each year before college begins, Beloit College in Wisconsin puts out “The Mindset List” for the incoming freshman class. Originally compiled as a lark, it’s become a valuable tool for professors (and other adults) to understand an 18-year old’s perspective.
  • When you move something, is it still the same?

    August 13th, 2015
    I wrote in March about cleaning out the house in which I grew up. We needed to “de-clutter” it anyway to put it on the market so we did the bulk of the removal at the same time. All the dishes, books, cereal boxes, knick knacks, records, and “what is this and why did they save it?” left the house. It was a huge feat More »
  • Keeping Up With The Times

    June 19th, 2015
    There’s a great line in the first Men In Black movie. Tommy Lee Jones is showing Will Smith alien technology, including a tiny compact disc, and says, “Looks like I’ll have to buy the White Album again.” Whether or not you liked the Beatles, it resonated with anyone who saw the change from vinyl records to tape (8-tracks and cassettes) to compact disc. In the More »
  • Do you have …..?

    June 12th, 2015
    “Do you have…..” the words following that inquiry can stir any number of emotions in an archivist. For example, confidence, “yes, I have ‘that’ and know right where it is”; or confusion, “do I have anything on ‘that’, have I ever even heard of ‘that?!’” to outright fear, “oh dear, I haven’t been able to find ‘that’ in three years and I have no idea More »
  • Road Maps, Wish Books and Cartography

    May 15th, 2015
    I like maps! There, I said it! I am one of those folks who will happily try to navigate with a few lines on paper rather than a nifty GPS with a sexy voice that tells me which road to turn down …NOW!
  • “My Kids Don’t Care About This Stuff”

    March 27th, 2015
    I’m cleaning out my parents’ house as we get ready to sell it. Mom passed away last fall and Dad left the house a week later to move into assisted living. Like many houses, the attic is packed with...stuff. For years before this, “what to do with the attic” periodically came up in conversation. Mom didn’t want to talk about it, Dad wrung his hands More »
  • World War II Revisted

    October 24th, 2014
    In 1995 we opened a major exhibit, Close to the Heart of the War: Geneva and World War II, and published a companion book. We conducted “history harvests” to identify people with stories, artifacts and photos. A researcher recorded many hours of oral history interviews and scoured local newspapers and records. So, why do World War II again? Is there anything left to say?
  • The Evolution of Museums and the Geneva Historical Society

    September 18th, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits Charles Willson Peale is considered the father of American museums. (A painting by his son Rembrandt hangs in the main hallway of Rose Hill.) In 1786 he opened a museum of natural history in Philadelphia, which included an extensive portrait gallery; Peale justified this by saying man was at the top of the natural order. He charged More »
  • A Basket of a Tale

    September 5th, 2014
    When people donate objects to the museum, we always ask if they know anything about the history of the items. Sometimes there is a family story about who made or owned a piece, and we take those stories seriously. Once in a while, though, when we look into the story, we find that there may have been some misunderstanding as the tale was passed down. More »
  • Community Stories

    May 16th, 2014
    By John Marks, Curator of Collections and Exhibits   Last fall we became involved in a film project about the history of Club 86 in Torrey Park. Jim Augustine, a Rochester native whose roots are in the north end of Geneva, asked for background information about the restaurant and Geneva. We made several posters about the club and Torrey Park for an old-fashioned gig at More »
  • Without a Story it is All Just “Stuff”!

    May 9th, 2014
    As you can see, “stuff” has as many meanings as it has forms. For the sake of this blog post I will just refer to two or three dimensional, inanimate materials that take up space in our lives, mostly my life.
  • Every Now and Then

    April 4th, 2014
    A Historical Society staff member shares a mission moment.
  • Reading Old Handwriting

    March 12th, 2014
    We have some very interesting old letters, journals and diaries in the archives at Prouty Chew House and I love reading some of the entries. It isn’t always easy for a variety of different reasons.
  • Doing Research

    September 20th, 2013
    Tips on doing research
  • Balmanno Cottage Closing Friday, August 23

    August 16th, 2013
    The Historical Society's explanation for the sale of Balmanno Cottage.
  • Stain Removal, Now and Then

    August 13th, 2013
    19th century stain removal tips
  • When Hobby Meets Work

    July 17th, 2013
    How music has been incorporated into various activities of the Geneva Historical Society.
  • Honeybees: A Brief Overview and the Bees at Rose Hill

    June 25th, 2013
    Brief history of honeybees and how a colony was removed at Rose Hill Mansion
  • Writing Exhibits

    June 18th, 2013
    The exhibit creation process at the Geneva Historical Society
  • Museum Volunteers

    June 14th, 2013
    Ode to the Geneva Historical Society's volunteers
  • My Geneva

    June 11th, 2013
    Mini version of the Geneva Historical Society's exhibit Geneva A to Z.
  • “Kid” Collectors

    May 8th, 2013
    Reflections of a collector.
  • Town and Gown at the Geneva Historical Society

    April 18th, 2013
    Relationship between the Geneva Historical Society and Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • So, what does an Archivist really do? (Or Spelunking in the Basement of Doom)

    April 8th, 2013
    Being the archivist for the Geneva Historical Society.
  • Why Save It?

    March 19th, 2013
    Why and how the Geneva Historical Society collects objects.
  • Richard III and the Lessons of Leicester

    March 4th, 2013
    Lesson learned from the exhumation of the remains of Richard III.
  • A Site Manager’s Day

    February 22nd, 2013
    Typical day of the site manager of Rose Hill and Johnston House
  • What is History?

    February 19th, 2013
    Discussion of what is history.
  • Will Your History Be A Mystery?

    January 16th, 2013
    Tips on preserving personal photos and documents
  • It’s All About The Story

    January 14th, 2013
    The mission of the Geneva History Society is to tell stories.
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