Geneva History Museum FAQs

What is the Prouty-Chew House?

The Prouty-Chew House is the building that houses Historic Geneva’s offices and the Geneva History Museum.

Is the house air conditioned?

No, the house can get very warm in hot weather.

How old is the building?

The house was built between 1825 and 1829 by Charles Butler. Three generations of the Prouty family lived in it from 1842 to 1891. Beverly Chew, a descendent of the first Prouty to live in the house, resided in the house from 1921 to 1960. He donated the building to Historic Geneva in 1960 to serve as the organization’s  offices, collections storage, and exhibit space.

Is the house wheelchair accessible?

No, the house does not meet ADA standards for wheelchair accessibility. Parking is on the street, and there are no handicapped parking spaces. Visitors with limited mobility may park in the driveway between the street and sidewalk for closer access. The Geneva History Museum is not wheelchair accessible. There are seven steps up to the first floor main entrance. The basement level Hucker Gallery can be accessed by a steep driveway for lectures, meetings, and programs. The entrance on this level can also be opened by request for access to the Hucker Gallery and its exhibit, Geneva’s Changing Landscapes. The research library, basement level gallery, and restrooms are up three steps from the Hucker Gallery. The exhibits and office spaces on the first and second floors are only accessible by stairs. The second floor does not have public spaces.

Do you have to be a supporter (member) of Historic Geneva to visit the museum or attend a program?

No. Anyone is welcome to support Historic Geneva and our mission to share Geneva’s stories.  The Geneva History Museum and Historic Geneva’s programs are open to the public.

Can I volunteer at the Museum?

Yes. Please see our Support page for more information.

What are the Museum’s safety guidelines?

For their own safety as well as that of other visitors and staff, we are asking visitors to be aware of and adhere to the following guideline:

-Unvaccinated persons are expected to wear a face covering when inside a Historic Geneva Property. All others are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. The exceptions are children under two years old and those who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.

-The Research Room is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons by appointment only. Click here to make an appointment or call 315-789-5151. Research requests can also be made over the phone, via email or through social media.

-To discuss making a donation to our three-dimensional and archival collections, click here  to make an appointment or call 325-789-5151.