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April 2020

Share Your Story of Covid-19

April 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

During this time of crisis around the world, the Geneva History Museum is pleased to offer a way to connect with each other in our first virtual program to share your stories of Covid-19.  April 14 at noon would have been our regularly scheduled monthly Brown Bag program so instead of more cancellations, we have decided to offer this unique opportunity. Participants are encouraged to share how they are feeling during isolation, how they are working and teaching children from…

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May 2020

Frank Brownfield Gray: Geneva Architect

May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Born in St. Charles, Frank Brownfield Gray eventually established his architectural office at Geneva in 1928.  His extensive portfolio of projects throughout the Fox River Valley has been unacknowledged and often overlooked.  Michael A. Lambert, Preservation Planner for the City of Geneva, will highlight Gray's career, as well as his architectural legacy in Geneva and neighboring communities. This a Geneva History Museum Brown Bag Virtual Program.  Those that would like to receive the link to the Zoom presentation, please send…

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September 2020

Good Cheer and Gossip: Geneva Nurses Alumnae Newsletter (1928-1947)

September 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us virtually to hear stories of the nurses who trained at Colonial and Community Hospitals between 1911 and 1935 from letters they wrote for the hospital Christmas newsletters.  Volunteer, Sue Anderson, will share how these resourceful women grew their careers and raised families during two tumultuous decades that encompassed the Great Depression and World War II. Register HERE to receive the Zoom link via email.

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Virtual Night at the Museum Fundraiser

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us via ZOOM for a fun & free virtual night at the museum, complete with camaraderie, collections & cocktails, to raise funds for GHM! REGISTER HERE!

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October 2020

60th Anniversary of JFK Speech in Geneva

October 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In honor of the 60th anniversary of then Senator John F. Kennedy's visit to Geneva, join us virtually to learn about his itinerary on October 25, 1960, his speech, and stories shared by those who were there.  Attendees can also share their stories at the end of the program.  (this will be recorded for the GHM archives) REGISTER HERE for this FREE Zoom Webinar

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November 2020

Unveiling of the Crèche Mural

November 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Be the first to see the new mural backdrop for our historic Neapolitan Crèche painted by Geneva artist, Dennis Gramlich.  Dennis will share his inspiration and story of creating this beautiful addition to our 18th century nativity. This is a FREE virtual program.  Please register at the button below to receive the Zoom link to your email inbox. REGISTER HERE

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December 2020

Virtual 2020 Annual Celebration

December 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Celebrate Your Museum! 5 p.m., Monday, December 7 2020 Highlights Sneak peek of projects and recent collections discoveries Enjoy a fun trivia game Elect 2021 GHM Board Members Learn GHM plans for the future REGISTER HERE Review GHM 2019 Audit (link to come), GHM Board nominees and Minutes from the 2019 Annual Celebration.

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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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