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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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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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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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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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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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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Geneva History Museum has passed the American Alliance of Museums’ Core Documents Verification, an important milestone in its ongoing efforts to demonstrate excellence, meet standards and best practices, and ultimately achieve national accreditation.  Earning Core Documents Verificationmeans the national professional organization for the museum industry has verified, through a thorough expert review, that the museum…

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Have you missed a Brown Bag Program that you wanted to attend? Now you can view recorded Brown Bag Programs here on the GHM website if you are an annual Pioneer Donor ($100/year or more) in support of GHM operations. Donors will need to be current for the calendar year and create a “Member Login”…

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Geneva History Museum (GHM) has a goal of becoming the first nationally accredited museum in Kane County, Illinois. GHM has officially submitted all five of the pre-accreditation documents required of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). GHM’s Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan and the 2019-2025 Strategic Plan were recently written and/or revised and approved by the…

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The Geneva History Museum will celebrate the 103rd birthday of artist Manuel Bromberg at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 6 by videotaping everyone singing “Happy Birthday to Manny” in front of his mural at the Geneva Post Office. Immediately following there will be a birthday card signing at the museum, 113 South Third Street, Geneva.…

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