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December 2021

Annual Members Celebration 2021

December 13, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Geneva History Museum, 113 South Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134 United States

Join us for this fun Members Only event - virtually!  The evening includes updates on the museum, a presentation from the Board of Directors, voting on the museum's By-Law updates (view By-Laws here) and election of officers. VIRTUAL REGISTRATION HERE

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February 2022

The History of The Little Traveler

February 8 @ 12:00 pm

Once referenced as "Alice in Wonderland with price tags," The Little Traveler has become Geneva's most iconic shop. Hear the story of how it was started by Kate Raftery in 1922 and grew into a thriving business, transforming South Third Street from residential to business.  Join us at noon on Tuesday, February 8. Please register for either in-person limited seating or to receive a link to join us virtually via Zoom. Register for IN-PERSON attendance: No food or beverages will…

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March 2022

Who Was Kate Raftery?

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In honor of National Women's History Month, join us for this special presentation about The Little Traveler founder, Kate Raftery. Learn more about the woman behind this iconic shop, including her influence and impact on the community. Please register for either in-person limited seating or to receive a link to join us virtually via Zoom. Register for IN-PERSON attendance: No food or beverages will be allowed and face masks are required. Visit our Feature Gallery exhibition "100 Years of The…

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April 2022

“The Fox”

April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In honor of Earth Day, learn the story of Jim Phillips, a local environmentalist known only as "The Fox" up until his death in 2001. He garnered local and national attention in the 1970s while making enemies with the corporations that polluted the Fox River. Please register for either in-person limited seating or to receive a link to join us virtually via Zoom. Register for IN-PERSON attendance: No food or beverages will be allowed and face masks are required. Visit…

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Hats Off to Geneva

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Geneva History Museum will share an interesting piece of The Little Traveler's fashionable history. Back in the day, when women would buy a dress from the Traveler's dress department, they would receive extra fabric so they could have a matching hat made at a local hat shop. This program starts with a brunch at The Little Traveler followed by the program at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 320 Franklin Street.  The museum will show hats from their collection and share…

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May 2022

Kate Raftery’s River Lane Beautification

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Michael Lambert, City of Geneva Historic Preservation Planner, as he describes Kate Raftery's transformation of River Lane from shanties to summer homes. Please register for either in-person limited seating or to receive a link to join us virtually via Zoom. Register for IN-PERSON attendance: No food or beverages will be allowed and face masks are required. Visit our Feature Gallery exhibition "100 Years of The Little Traveler" after the program. Register for VIRTUAL attendance. Please call the museum if…

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VIP/Members Only Celebration of “100 Years of The Little Traveler” Exhibition

May 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

One of the many benefits of museum membership, join us for refreshments and viewing of this outstanding exhibition. Gather at 5:30 PM in the meeting room to hear stories from the great-granddaughter of the shop founder, Kate Raftery Muth, current owner, Michael Simon, and former shop manager, Norma Jaeger. REGISTER HERE

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Architecture of The Little Traveler

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Little Traveler, 404 South Third Street
Geneva, 60134

How did The Little Traveler grow from a stately 1867 Italianate home to the 36-room sprawling shop that it is today? The Geneva History Museum will take you through the building after hours to share the story of the many additions. The presentation will begin at St. Mark's Church (across the street from The Little Traveler's Fulton Street entrance). A museum guide will then lead a tour through The Little Traveler. Registrations are very limited and are taken online at…

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Architecture of The Little Traveler

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Little Traveler, 404 South Third Street
Geneva, 60134

How did The Little Traveler grow from a stately 1867 Italianate home to the 36-room sprawling shop that it is today? The Geneva History Museum will take you through the building after hours to share the story of the many additions. The presentation will begin at St. Mark's Church (across the street from The Little Traveler's Fulton Street entrance). A museum guide will then lead a tour through The Little Traveler. Registrations are very limited and are taken online at…

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June 2022

Swedish Days Walking Tours

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us during Geneva's Swedish Days Festival for a guided walking tour of historic Geneva.  Registration is required and limited for each time slot and includes admission to the museum galleries, The 100th Anniversary of The Little Traveler and Geneva's Story. Tours start and end at the Geneva History Museum and take approximately 45-minutes. The walking tours take the place of our annual Swedish Days Trolley Tours this year because the trolley rental fee tripled in price. We hope to…

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