Geneva’s Stories

July 31st, 2020

Our mission is telling Geneva’s stories.  Whether its race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, class and physical abilities and disabilities, the people who are part of these stories come from a variety of backgrounds.  The Historical Society can, however, do a better job of telling all of these stories, including those that are difficult and uncomfortable.  Ensuring that our programs, exhibits, collections and digital content reflects our community will be an on-going process but it is one that we are committed to.

Gathered below is our digital content that explores Geneva’s diverse stories.

Blog Articles

Staged photo of an artist painting a portrait

Deaf artist Francis Tuttle

1968: A Year of Change

Alice Seward and World War I-  Part One, Two and Three

Blanchard Bartlett Walker

Celebrating African American Freedom

Curriculum Project Results in Student Mural

Domestic Service at Rose Hill

Everything Is Coming Up Bloomers (Elizabeth Smith Miller)

Fiery Cross Burns

Francis Tuttle

Geneva and the Civil Rights Movement

Just A Piece of Wood? (A Club 86 story)

Kidnapped! (The kidnapping of Daniel Prue and John Hite)

Likes to Draw Pictures: Mary Flanigan Gauerke

Marching Into Victory: A Timeline of the Suffrage Movement in Geneva

Marian Cruger Coffin

More Notable Genevans



Hobart and Williams Smith students protest social restrictions in 1967.

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Serves the Community 

Mrs. Ricord’s Geneva Female Seminary

Nehemiah Denton

Notable Geneva Women

Segregated Schools in Geneva’s Past

St. Patrick’s Cemetery: A Story of Immigration in Geneva

Suffrage Connection

The Irish in Geneva

The Landscapes of Francis Tuttle

The Louisa May Alcott of Geneva: Sarah Bradford

Workers at Rose Hill


Music in the Key of Geneva: The Boys Wouldn’t Know Enuf to Quit

Music in the Key of Geneva: Pablo Falbru 

Three men and a woman watch a man dig with a shovel just outside a building.

In 1970 Herb Sellers breaks ground for an addition to Mount Olive Church while Rev. Elijah Miles, Deacon Leroy Carter, Gladys Williams, and Mayor Michael Simeone look on. The church would be expanded again in 2006.


A Brief History of African Americans in Geneva

A Brief History of Women in Geneva

Alger Adams in Geneva, 1928-1932

Elizabeth Blackwell

Holiday Memories and Traditions

The Women’s Rights Movement in Geneva, 1897-1917

Torrey Park

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