What does Geneva mean to you?

Participate in a Collaborative Public Art Project in Downtown Geneva A large chalkboard wall has been installed on South 3rd Street, just north of the Geneva History Museum and 5,000 postcards are being scattered throughout Geneva—all with a simple prompt—write a note or draw a picture to tell the world what you love about our…

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Welcome Back!

The Geneva History Museum is pleased to announce that we have reopened to the public. Free admission will be offered for the remainder of 2021! (Donations are always welcome and appreciated.) Thank you for your patience these past few months. What a year this has been for all of us! COVID closure was very emotional…

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GHM Plans to Reopen July 6

The Geneva History Museum has been working on several grant projects during COVID closure with a goal to reopen Tuesday, July 6, with FREE admission throughout the remainder of 2021. Phase II of the Main Gallery, “Geneva’s Story” is almost completed with two new chapters on “Community Service” and “Entertainment,” as well as more artifacts and a…

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And the Winner is…

Each year GHM hosts May is Membership Month to ask people to join or renew their membership at the Geneva History Museum, and to encourage increasing memberships to become donors. Anyone who joined, renewed or made a donation during May is included in a random drawing to win a $100 gift card to be used…

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GHM Core Documents Verified by the American Alliance of Museums

The Geneva History Museum has been working on pre-accreditation for several years. This required revising and creating documents that have been designated as core by the American Alliance of Museums “because they are fundamental for professional museum operations and embody core museum values and practices. They codify and guide decisions and actions that promote institutional…

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Annual Geneva Giving Trees Display

For many years, the Geneva History Museum (GHM) Geneva Giving Trees display has offered the opportunity for local non-profit organizations to decorate a Christmas tree in our Feature Gallery.  The display has become a Geneva holiday tradition and was designed to call attention to some of the nonprofit organizations that benefit local citizens and remind…

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Museum Temporarily Closed for Grant Projects

The Geneva History Museum (GHM) will remain closed through the summer to complete several projects.  GHM was awarded a $162,628 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to redesign the archives and collections storage rooms.  This project was originally planned for the winter months of 2021, however with summer…

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Watch the artist!

During the spring and summer of 2020, Geneva artist Dennis Gramlich will be creating a background painting for the Geneva History Museum’s 18th century crèche (nativity scene) that is displayed each year at Christmas time inside the 17th century French Provincial corner bed.  The crèche was purchased by Kate Raftery, originator of The Little Traveler in the…

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History of Quarantine in Geneva

The past few weeks of social distancing and quarantine is not the first time for Geneva. The Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 killed somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. Here is what it did to Geneva, Illinois. As reported in the…

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Geneva’s Covid-19 Journal Project & Coloring Pages

You are part of this history!  Share your stories of Covid-19 in Geneva with the Geneva History Museum to document this historic crisis.  The GHM Archives contains many journals, letters and documents from previous historic events and this experience is important to share with future generations. NEW – Coloring pages of historic buildings in Geneva:…

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