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November 2023

18th Century Crèche Display Opens

November 21, 2023 - December 23, 2023

Come to the museum to marvel at our 18th century nativity scene, originally displayed at The Little Traveler since the 1930s. Display will be open through December 23.

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December 2023

Christmas Walk

December 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Special evening viewing of our 18th century nativity, the Feature Gallery Viking's Voyage exhibition and the Main Gallery, Geneva's Story. Take your photo at our Belong to Geneva's Story neon selfie wall!

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Annual Members Only Meeting

December 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A membership meeting to review the bylaws and elect members of the board of directors. (View suggested bylaw changes HERE or pick up a copy at the museum.) Enjoy appetizers and refreshments while we share updates about the museum. The winning raffle ticket for the diamond and ruby necklace donated from State Street Jewelers will be drawn at this event. Take 20% off Gift Shop purchases made that evening only. RSVP by Tuesday, December 5. REGISTER HERE

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Freya’s Farewell & Winter Solstice

December 21, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Geneva History Museum, 113 South Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134 United States

Join us from 7-8:30 PM, Thursday, December 21 at the Geneva History Museum for Freya's Farewell, a final celebration of the immensely successful “Viking's Voyage” exhibition. This event will take place on the actual date of the Winter Solstice, which was celebrated each year by the ancient Viking Yule festivities. Taste Viking style snacks and beverages, pose for a photo with costumed Viking reenactors ,and enjoy a final visit to the gallery exhibition before it closes. If you dare, frolic…

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February 2024

VIP/Members Only Exhibition Preview

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saving Fabyan's Legacy: The Darlene Larson Story - VIP/Members Only Exhibition Reception 5 -7 PM, Friday, February 9 One of the many benefits of membership - join us and be the first to preview this new exhibition. Refreshments will be served, reservations required. Recognition and brief presentation from the Larson family at 6 PM. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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Friends of Fabyan Panel

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

Come hear personal stories from some of the people who worked with Darlene Larson on Fabyan estate projects. Attendees will also be able to add their stories as well as ask questions from the panel. REGISTER HERE

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March 2024

Who Was Nelle Fabyan?

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

Celebrate Women's History Month with a talk on the woman behind Colonel George Fabyan, including her accomplishments and the legacy she left behind. Presented by GHM Executive Director, Terry Emma. REGISTER HERE

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April 2024

The History of South Third Street

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

Learn about Geneva's South Third Street including its evolution from residential to retail. Presented by GHM Educator, Heidi Howlett. REGISTER HERE

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May 2024

Cryptanalyst-in-Chief: Elizebeth Smith Friedman

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

Elizebeth Smith Friedman was a pioneer in code-breaking and one of the nation's foremost cryptanalysts. She took down smuggling syndicates during Prohibition, broke enigma codes in WWII, and caught Nazi spies in South America. She and her husband, William Friedman, practically invented their field overnight. Learn about her start at the fabulous Geneva estate of Colonel George Fabyan, the eccentric millionaire, and how her research led to the start of the NSA. Presented by Vivien Lasken, Director of the Fabyan…

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Team Trivia

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Penrose Brewing Company, 509 Stevens Street
Geneva, IL 60134 United States
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Join us for a fun-filled evening of brain-teasing questions and great beer at Penrose Brewing Company! Test your knowledge in four rounds of different topics (one round Geneva history) while enjoying delicious brews and good food with friends. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, most creative team name and best costumes, so round up your smartest pals and show off your trivia skills. Don't miss out on this exciting event to raise funds for the Geneva History Museum! 6-8…

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