Geneva History Museum

Geneva History Museum Belong to Geneva's Story The mission of the Geneva History Museum is to preserve and share Geneva's evolving story while inspiring and engaging the community.
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Volunteers no matter where they go. Bruce Andresen, Perry Straw, and Bjorn Rektorli (members of the Friends of the Vikin...
01/04/2024

Volunteers no matter where they go. Bruce Andresen, Perry Straw, and Bjorn Rektorli (members of the Friends of the Viking Ship ) stuff envelopes for the Museum while waiting for the movers to come take Freya to her new home at the Geneva Public Library.

Congratulations to Lazarus House for winning this year's Geneva Giving Trees by raising $2,005! Thank you to everyone wh...
01/02/2024

Congratulations to Lazarus House for winning this year's Geneva Giving Trees by raising $2,005! Thank you to everyone who voted for all the organizations. In total, the Giving Trees raised $3,897!

There's less than a week left to vote for your favorite Geneva Giving Tree!Support a local non-profit, or two (or three!...
12/26/2023

There's less than a week left to vote for your favorite Geneva Giving Tree!

Support a local non-profit, or two (or three!), and donate at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/geneva-giving-trees

Annual Geneva Giving Trees The Geneva History Museum partners local nonprofit organizations with downtown Geneva businesses to decorate a Christmas tree each holiday season. This initiative helps raise funds for organizations that benefit local citizens and reminds us all that in Geneva, community c...

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!Did you know in 1952 Santa arrived to Wheeler Park by helicopter? Here he is pict...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

Did you know in 1952 Santa arrived to Wheeler Park by helicopter? Here he is pictured with the pilot and then-chairman of the Chamber's Christmas Committee, William Rosenfelder Sr.

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Rising Lights Project "Rising Lights Project is a registered...
12/22/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Rising Lights Project

"Rising Lights Project is a registered 501(3)(c) dedicated to creating environments for individuals impacted by disability to learn, laugh, thrive, and engage with the Fox Valley Community.

Our goal is to encourage, educate, and empower so that people from all areas of our communities - neighbors to political leaders, business owners, and more -can clearly see the ability in disability and create new opportunities to keep those with disability engaged and connected."

Their Giving Tree is located at The Little Traveler (404 S 3rd St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at

Annual Geneva Giving Trees The Geneva History Museum partners local nonprofit organizations with downtown Geneva businesses to decorate a Christmas tree each holiday season. This initiative helps raise funds for organizations that benefit local citizens and reminds us all that in Geneva, community c...

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Marklund "Marklund is a nonprofit organization founded in 19...
12/20/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Marklund

"Marklund is a nonprofit organization founded in 1954 that provides residential, therapeutic and educational services to children and adults with profound developmental disabilities. With three residential locations in Geneva, Elgin and Bloomingdale, it is home to 178 residents. In addition, the Marklund Day School (in all 3 cities) provides special educational programs for students with multiple medical needs and those on the Autism Spectrum. Volunteers are welcome. www.marklund.org"

Their Giving Tree is located at Deane's Market & Deli (500 S 3rd St #141) Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/Geneva-Giving-Trees

Annual Geneva Giving Trees The Geneva History Museum partners local nonprofit organizations with downtown Geneva businesses to decorate a Christmas tree each holiday season. This initiative helps raise funds for organizations that benefit local citizens and reminds us all that in Geneva, community c...

12/18/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Lazarus House

"'All of us, at some time or another, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.' - Fred Rogers

At Lazarus House, we believe in 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors.' For our neighbors experiencing homelessness, Lazarus House provides safe shelter, nutritious meals and Case Management."

Their Giving Tree is located at Liz & Kate Boutique (407 S 3rd St, #174) Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/Geneva-Giving-Trees

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Kayla's Hope - It's OKAY to not be OKAY "Kayla’s Hope Founda...
12/15/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Kayla's Hope - It's OKAY to not be OKAY

"Kayla’s Hope Foundation was founded in 2018 by the Lehmann family in loving memory of their beautiful daughter and sister, Kayla Brooke Lehmann. Our Mission is to help remove the negativity surrounding mental health while assisting those who struggle and offering hope to those who need it most. It’s OKAY to not be OKAY, BUT it is important to seek help and to feel comfortable doing so. Since its inception, Kayla’s Hope has granted nearly $85K to charities and scholarships. (Kaylashope.org)"

Their Giving Tree is located at FLAIR on 3RD (312 S 3rd St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/Geneva-Giving-Trees

Annual Geneva Giving Trees The Geneva History Museum partners local nonprofit organizations with downtown Geneva businesses to decorate a Christmas tree each holiday season. This initiative helps raise funds for organizations that benefit local citizens and reminds us all that in Geneva, community c...

It's International Monkey Day and Geneva has two reasons to celebrate: the first is Patsy the Monkey who resided at the ...
12/14/2023

It's International Monkey Day and Geneva has two reasons to celebrate: the first is Patsy the Monkey who resided at the Fabyan Estate during the 1920s, and the second is the monkey featured in our 18th century Neapolitan crèche.

You can learn more about Patsy next year when our new exhibition, Saving Fabyan's Legacy: The Darlene Larson Story opens in our Feature Gallery February 10th. In the meantime, stop by the Museum to see our crèche on display through December 23rd!

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Geneva Garden Club "The Geneva Garden Club was founded in th...
12/13/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Geneva Garden Club

"The Geneva Garden Club was founded in the fall of 1928 and is a member of the Garden Clubs of Illinois and the National Garden Clubs. In September 2023, the club celebrated its 95th birthday. This is quite an accomplishment, and throughout its existence its goals have remained the same: beautification of the community, preservation of our natural environment, and the promotion of horticultural education. The club and its members have undertaken many projects over the years to further these goals."

Their Giving Tree is located at The Little Traveler (404 S 3rd St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at

Annual Geneva Giving Trees The Geneva History Museum partners local nonprofit organizations with downtown Geneva businesses to decorate a Christmas tree each holiday season. This initiative helps raise funds for organizations that benefit local citizens and reminds us all that in Geneva, community c...

12/07/2023

The Geneva History Museum would like to wish a Happy Hanukkah to our members and friends who celebrate it.

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Elgin Youth Sympony Orchestra "Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestr...
12/04/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Elgin Youth Sympony Orchestra

"Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras has a national reputation for providing not only an engaging musical experience for its students, but also a comprehensive learning environment which promotes curiosity, imagination, critical thinking, and collaboration. With six large ensembles, three small ensembles, and a thriving Chamber Music Institute, EYSO is nearly 400 musicians strong with students coming from 70 different communities across Illinois."

Their Giving Tree is located at Nosh Restaurant (22 N 3rd St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/Geneva-Giving-Trees

It's the most wonderful time of year... Geneva Christmas Walk! Not only are we offering FREE admission all day, but we w...
12/01/2023

It's the most wonderful time of year... Geneva Christmas Walk! Not only are we offering FREE admission all day, but we will also be open until 9PM tonight!

There will be some fun activities to do including:
5-7PM: Have your photo taken in front of our decorated Viking Ship in the Main Gallery
6-8PM: Listen to a beautiful performance by violinist, Raquel Gonzalez in our Bencini Room
5-9PM: Explore our three exhibitions Geneva's Story, Viking's Voyage, and our 18th Century Creche Nativity

This year we are also selling Holiday Flashing Light Sticks for only $5. They're battery-operated (batteries included) and feature 7 different light modes! We only have a limited quantity so stop by early to pick yours up!

12/01/2023

Cookie is not only a volunteer for the Chamber, but also the Museum. We were so pleased to see her win Volunteer of the Year. We 🩵 our volunteers!

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is CASA Kane County "Advocating for the Voice of Children in Fo...
11/30/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is CASA Kane County

"Advocating for the Voice of Children in Foster Care.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Kane County is a Guardian ad Litem, nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of children in abuse and/or neglect cases within the Juvenile Court system. Relied upon by judges and most importantly, the children, CASAs are among the most respected volunteers and advocates in the community."

Their Giving Tree is located at U.S. Bank (808 W State St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/Geneva-Giving-Trees

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is American Legion Post 75, Geneva IL "American Legion Post 75 ...
11/28/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is American Legion Post 75, Geneva IL

"American Legion Post 75 Fox River-Geneva is a local veterans organization. The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. AL Post 75 is one of Illinois oldest continuously operating Posts.

It celebrates 104 years of continuous active service in 2023 and is committed to the local community and its veterans. Post 75 supports many other local organizations and events, including Geneva Boy and Girl Scouts. AL Post 75 participates in rifle salutes, flag raising, funerals, and color presentations with its color guard and the Memorial Day parade and activities."

Their Giving Tree is located at Peaceful Parlour (212 S 3rd St). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/geneva-giving-trees

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Altrusa International of Fox Valley IL, Inc. "Altrusa is an ...
11/26/2023

Today's highlighted Giving Trees non-profit organization is Altrusa International of Fox Valley IL, Inc.

"Altrusa is an international non-profit organization, making our communities better through leadership, partnership, and service. We have a focus on Literacy and Service projects unique to our community. Our club members raise funds for our local foundation that provides the funds for our service. From our foundation, we provide 2 and donations to many local service organizations, such as Hesed House, Mutual Ground, Lifespring, Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, Big Rock Library, and several more."

Their Giving Tree is located at State Street Jewelers (230 West State Street). Vote for their tree in person at the Geneva History Museum, or online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/geneva-giving-trees

The Geneva History Museum will be closed November 23 - 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Tuesday, Novembe...
11/23/2023

The Geneva History Museum will be closed November 23 - 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Tuesday, November 28 at 11AM.

Our 18th century crèche is now open for viewing! Come marvel at the beautiful nativity scene, originally displayed insid...
11/21/2023

Our 18th century crèche is now open for viewing! Come marvel at the beautiful nativity scene, originally displayed inside The Little Traveler. On display through December 23.

In addition, our Geneva Giving Trees are now ready for your votes! Walk through downtown Geneva and visit the various trees decorated by local non-profit organizations. Voting will take place in person at the Museum and online at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org/geneva-giving-trees Voting continues through January 1.

TODAY (Tuesday, November 14) join us to hear Dave Nordin, Vice-President of Friends of the Viking Ship present his lectu...
11/14/2023

TODAY (Tuesday, November 14) join us to hear Dave Nordin, Vice-President of Friends of the Viking Ship present his lecture, “Winter Life in Viking Times.” The program starts at noon and is $5, or free for Members.

Brown Bags will be recorded for viewing on the Members page of our website one week after the presentation.

Visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call (630) 232-4951 to register for this event.

In one week (Tuesday, November 14), join us to hear Dave Nordin, Vice-President of Friends of the Viking Ship, present h...
11/07/2023

In one week (Tuesday, November 14), join us to hear Dave Nordin, Vice-President of Friends of the Viking Ship, present his lecture, “Winter Life in Viking Times.” The program starts at noon and is $5, or free for Members.

Brown Bags will be recorded for viewing on the Members page of our website one week after the presentation.

Visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call (630) 232-4951 to register for this event.

Happy Halloween! There's nothing scarier than an unidentified photograph...B. Melvin Nicholds was a photographer for the...
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! There's nothing scarier than an unidentified photograph...

B. Melvin Nicholds was a photographer for the Geneva Republican newspaper. Transparencies, such as this one, were found in his garbage at his home after his death in 1982. Unfortunately, this means we have no information about the image other than it's taken outside the old Ace Hardware.

If you have any idea who the children in the photograph are, please let us know!

We still have a few spots left for our 2PM and 4PM Ghost Walks this Saturday! Register at
10/25/2023

We still have a few spots left for our 2PM and 4PM Ghost Walks this Saturday!

Register at

Where is the most haunted spot in Geneva? Join us for ghostly tales shared through guided tours of historic downtown. Tours start at the museum with a few haunting videos and images. Registration required and this event usually sells out. Please register in advance. $15/Person; $10/Museum Members 2....

In ONE WEEK, join us on a walking tour through Geneva on Saturday, October 28 to hear spooky stories about many differen...
10/21/2023

In ONE WEEK, join us on a walking tour through Geneva on Saturday, October 28 to hear spooky stories about many different businesses and residences downtown.

Tours cost $15 per person ($10 for members) and advanced registration is required. Visit our website (www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org) to register and learn more.

Learn unique stories and hidden meanings behind the beautiful 18th-century Neapolitan crèche that was first displayed at...
10/19/2023

Learn unique stories and hidden meanings behind the beautiful 18th-century Neapolitan crèche that was first displayed at The Little Traveler in the 1930’s. During this presentation, a traditional English Cream Tea of tea and scones with clotted cream and jam will be served.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, December 20 at 2pm in the Atrium Cafe at The Little Traveler

Cost is $20 and net proceeds will be donated to the Geneva History Museum. Ticket includes a shopping coupon and a pass to view the crèche at the Museum.

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Learn unique stories and hidden meanings behind the beautiful 18th-century Neapolitan nativity that was first displayed at The Little Traveler in the 1930’s. The historic nativity comprises more than 40 […]

TONIGHT join us to celebrate our 80th Anniversary at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group office (230 E State St) in Ge...
10/12/2023

TONIGHT join us to celebrate our 80th Anniversary at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group office (230 E State St) in Geneva. Come enjoy an evening of FUN at the Open House from 4-7PM!

TODAY join us for our Brown Bag Series. Friends of the Viking Ship docent, Dave Barrows will present "To Iceland! And Be...
10/10/2023

TODAY join us for our Brown Bag Series. Friends of the Viking Ship docent, Dave Barrows will present "To Iceland! And Beyond!" discussing the Vikings who explored and settled on isalnds across the North Atlantic from Scandinavia to modern day Newfoundland, Canada over a thousand years ago. The program starts at noon and is $5, or free for Members.

Brown Bags will be recorded for viewing on the Members page of our website one week after the presentation.

Visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call (630) 232-4951 to register for this event.

TOMORROW join us for our Brown Bag Series featuring Friends of the Viking Ship docent, Dave Barrows. He will present "To...
10/09/2023

TOMORROW join us for our Brown Bag Series featuring Friends of the Viking Ship docent, Dave Barrows. He will present "To Iceland! And Beyond!" discussing the Vikings who explored and settled on islands across the North Atlantic from Scandinavia to modern day Newfoundland, Canada over a thousand years ago. The program starts at noon and is $5, or free for Members.

Brown Bags will be recorded for viewing on the Members page of our website one week after the presentation.
Visit www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call (630) 232-4951 to register for this event.

"Many students learn the phrase, "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue". But Columbus was not the first foreign explo...
10/09/2023

"Many students learn the phrase, "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue". But Columbus was not the first foreign explorer to land in the Americas. Neither he nor those that came before him discovered America—because Indigenous Peoples have populated the Western Hemisphere for tens of thousands of years."

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day we would like to share this short article, "Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day" from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

NK360° Helpful Handouts: Guidance on Common Questions provide a brief introduction to teachers about important topics regarding Native American life, cultures, and communities. Native Life and Food: Food Is More Than Just What We Eat explores Indigenous relationships with food.

Join us in ONE WEEK on a tour through Geneva's cemeteries. Receive a guided tour through Oak Hill and West Side Cemeteri...
10/07/2023

Join us in ONE WEEK on a tour through Geneva's cemeteries. Receive a guided tour through Oak Hill and West Side Cemeteries and learn about the different lives of those buried there.

Tours cost $15 per person ($10 for members), and advanced registration is required. Visit our website, https://genevahistorymuseum.org/events/ to register and learn more.

Address

113 S 3rd Street
Geneva, IL
60134

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 4pm
Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

Telephone

(630) 232-4951

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