Blog » Tag: Music

  • Apple Cider in Popular Culture

    October 13th, 2023
    As a symbol of a simpler time, apple cider has appeared in popular culture, including paintings, songs, and even a Presidential election.
  • I’ll See You in My Dreams: 1920s Records and Record Players

    January 20th, 2023
    Overview of record players and records sold in Geneva during the 1920s based on ads in the Geneva Daily Times.
  • Music in Geneva: Jack Bullock

    April 22nd, 2022
    Brief biography of musician Jack Bullock.
  • Music in Geneva: Ken Petersen, Legendary Appleknocker

    March 11th, 2022
    The story of Ken Petersen and the Appleknockers
  • William and Luella Gracey

    April 9th, 2021
    The musical talents of the Graceys.
  • Ella Cripps: “Hobby and Occupation – Music”

    March 19th, 2021
    Brief biography of Ella Cripps
  • ‘Twas Always Thus: Record Cylinders

    June 23rd, 2017
    Brief history of early recorded music
  • New: “Music in the Key of Geneva” Podcast

    June 2nd, 2017
    In our latest podcast Geoffrey Herd, Hannah Collins, and Eliot Heaton discuss the Geneva Music Festival.
  • New: “Music in Geneva” Podcast

    April 14th, 2017
    In our latest podcast David Brent Johnson, jazz director at WFIU public radio in Bloomington and musician Gap Mangione discuss jazz bassist Scott LaFaro.
  • Suffrage Songs

    March 10th, 2017
    Overview of suffrage songs.
  • Classical Music in Geneva, Part II

    February 17th, 2017
    The second in a series about classical music performances in Geneva.
  • Youth and Music in Geneva

    January 6th, 2017
    Excerpts from the Historical Society's zine about youth and music in Geneva.
  • New: “Music in the Key of Geneva” Video and Podcast

    December 22nd, 2016
    Latest additions to our "Geneva Stories" video series and "Music in the Key of Geneva" podcasts.
  • Classical Music in Geneva, Part 1

    December 2nd, 2016
    The first in a series about classical music performances in Geneva.
  • New “Music in the Key of Geneva” Video and Podcast

    November 23rd, 2016
    Latest additions to our "Geneva Stories" video series and "Music in the Key of Geneva" podcasts.
  • Home Music: 19th Century Bands in Geneva

    November 18th, 2016
    Chronicling 19th Century bands in Geneva, New York through newspapers.
  • The Last Music Store

    October 14th, 2016
    Brief history of music stores in Geneva, New York
  • Music in the Key of Geneva Podcasts

    September 9th, 2016
    The first in a series of podcasts for the Geneva Historical Society's Music in the Key of Geneva project.
  • Just a Piece of Wood?

    September 9th, 2016
    A piece from a piano provides a glimpse into Geneva's past.
  • Geneva Stories: Music in Geneva, Part 1

    August 12th, 2016
    The first in a series about music in Geneva.
  • The Sounds of Music

    August 12th, 2016
    Through National Jukebox, sample sound recordings can be found of various musicians who performed in Geneva in the early 1900s.
  • Famous 19th-Century Musicians in Geneva

    July 1st, 2016
    I have been researching music in Geneva for several years. If I found a newspaper article while searching for something else, I saved it. In this way I came across a number of unfamiliar names who performed in Geneva in the 19th century. The advertisements, previews, and reviews certainly made them sound important, but who were they?
  • Hidden Music in Geneva

    May 27th, 2016
    Music is everywhere in Geneva for those with eyes to see. The digital marquee on Seneca Street, event flyers in many downtown store windows, and websites like
  • Banjos, Mandolins, and Glee

    April 21st, 2016
    I have many favorite historical photos of Geneva, but the 1893 Hobart College Banjo & Glee Club is in my Top Ten. Those clothes, those haircuts, those instruments! As a player and fan of banjos and mandolins, I am interested in their popularity at that time.
  • Music In Geneva

    March 25th, 2016
    I have learned more as I work through the Historical Society archives, but there is much history not written down. We have an impressive list of village “firsts”: a hotel, a post office, a church, and a school. However, no one recorded the first person to bring a piano to town, or the name of the fiddler who played the first dance.
  • 45s, B-sides, and Albums

    February 19th, 2016
    Alice Askins wrote about live music in Geneva in the 1960s . As she pointed out, most groups played the hits of the day. If you wanted to hear the real thing, you bought the record.
  • Playing What They Loved: Geneva’s Music Scene in the 1960s

    January 29th, 2016
    Recently I talked with Geneva's Chuck Agonito about the rock and roll music scene in Geneva during in the 1960s. Since he was part of that scene, he is a wealth of information on the subject and has often written about it in his “Good Times” column for the Finger Lakes Times.
  • Girl Bands and Geneva

    October 17th, 2014
    Recently, I got the book Swing Shift by Sherrie Tucker. The book was published in 2000 and Professor Tucker was a professor at Hobart and William Smith when she wrote it. Swing Shift is about the all-women bands of the 1930s and 1940s. I wondered if any of the bands in the book were seen or heard in Geneva. It turns out some of them More »
  • Community Stories

    May 16th, 2014
    Some of the best history is given to us as stories from the community.
  • When Hobby Meets Work

    July 17th, 2013
    How music has been incorporated into various activities of the Geneva Historical Society.
For more posts, please choose from the categories on the left.