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February 2021

Catalog Homes Virtual Program

February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ordered by mail and sent by rail, catalog houses filled a need for sturdy, inexpensive and especially, modern homes—complete with conveniences of indoor plumbing and electricity.  All shipping was done by rail with boxcars full of labeled parts, consequently the largest concentrations of catalog houses are in the Northeast and Midwest, which were served by more rail lines. Learn about Geneva’s catalog houses during the Geneva History Museum’s virtual program on Catalog Houses at 12 p.m, Tuesday, February 9.  Hear…

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March 2021

HerStory Virtual Program

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In honor of Women's History Month, register for HerStory, a free virtual program at 12 p.m., March 9, that highlights remarkable women in Geneva's history. Inspired by Geneva’s founding mother, Charity Herrington, women have continued to influence and improve the well-being of our city. Although denied the opportunity to vote through most of the Progressive Era, women in Geneva exercised their rights as citizens to shape public policy and create institutions. Stories include Little Traveler founder, Kate Raftery, cryptologist, Elizebeth…

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April 2021

Virtual Public Art Tour

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a virtual tour of the many public art pieces throughout Geneva. Learn the stories behind their creation and the artists who made them. Artwork includes the 1910 Kane County Courthouse murals, the secret grotto behind the Kane County Government Center and the Eagle Statues on the Fabyan Estate and at Riverbank Laboratories.  REGISTER HERE for this free virtual forty-five minute program that takes place at 12 p.m, Tuesday, April 13.  The program will be recorded for a…

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May 2021

May is Membership Month

May 1 @ 5:00 pm - May 31 @ 11:30 pm

May is Membership Month at the Geneva History Museum.  Help preserve Geneva's best cultural institution during the month of May by renewing or becoming a Museum Member for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to the Museum.  Gift Card can be used for programs, research services, events or in the Gift Shop. Membership support is important, however, it covers a very small portion of operating expenses.  That is why your unrestricted, tax-deductible donation is vital to preserve Geneva's…

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Architect John Todd Hetherington: From Lake Forest to Geneva

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With a career long overlooked, John Todd Hetherington was the architect to some of Chicago’s most prominent residents at the close of the 19th century. Hetherington--along with other leading residential and landscape architects of his era—designed some of the first, estate homes at Lake Forest, Illinois. At the dawn of the 20th century (and on the heels of Colonel George Fabyan), longtime friends E. F. Gorton and T. S. Fauntleroy moved from the North Shore to the banks of the…

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September 2021

A Hidden Gem in Geneva – The Sacred Heart Grotto

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn the story of The Sacred Heart Grotto, hidden on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center. Presenter, Bob McQuillin, from The Knights of Columbus, will share its history and current restoration efforts. $5 / person or FREE / Museum Members IN-PERSON REGISTRATION - attend the program live at the Geneva History Museum, 113 South Third Street. VIRTUAL REGISTRATION - request a link to attend the program virtually. This program is one of a series of Brown Bag Programs offered…

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Virtual BBQ at the Museum Fundraiser

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You’re Invited to the Geneva History Museum FREE Virtual BBQ Fundraiser with 95.9 The River Host, Scott Mackay! 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 16 Get a kick out of our fun video stories, including filming Geneva scenes for the movie “Road to Perdition” Enjoy amusing clips from our new Story Booth Explore behind-the-scenes of the museum Check out exciting artifact discoveries Curbside meal pickup from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the museum, 113 South Third Street. Catered by FireWater, Geneva. REGISTER HERE for…

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October 2021

Cemetery Restoration Project

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Museum Educator, Heidi Howlett, will share the story of the ongoing restoration project at Geneva's West Side Cemetery. Heidi received training from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on how to restore and repair headstones.  She will tell the tales and mysteries that she and a group of dedicated volunteers have experienced while they have restored more than 180 headstones. $5 / person or FREE / Museum Members IN-PERSON REGISTRATION - attend the program live at the Geneva History Museum,…

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Cemetery Walk – Oak Hill Cemetery

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oak Hill Cemetery, Route 25
Geneva, IL 60134 United States

Explore Geneva's east side cemetery on Route 25. Learn the meanings of markings on tombstones and stories of prominent settlers.  Meet at the cemetery (rain or shine). Reservations: $10/person $5/Museum Members SOLD OUT! West Side Cemetery Walk - 2 PM REGISTER HERE

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Cemetery Walk – West Side Cemetery

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WestSide Cemetery, 301 Stevens Street
Geneva, IL 60134 United States

Explore Geneva's oldest cemetery on Stevens Street. Learn the meanings of markings on tombstones and stories of prominent settlers. Meet at the cemetery, rain or shine. Reservations: $10.00/Person $5.00/Museum Member REGISTER HERE

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