Ken Shefsiek, executive director of the Geneva Historical Society, will discuss “Historic House Museums: Whose Stories Do We Tell?” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Prouty-Chew Museum, 543 S. Main St. His talk is free and open to the public.
The earliest historic house museums in the United States, like George Washington’s Mount Vernon, had patriotic missions celebrating the early founders of our nation. They filled an important social and cultural goal of unifying the country around specific historic figures. Today, it is not only patriotism that compels us to preserve the memory of America’s past, but also a host of other social, cultural, and educational needs.
House museums can remain relevant today only if they engage the public in a compelling investigation of the past. How museum professionals approach this task will be the subject of Shefsiek's talk.
For details, call the museum at (315) 789-5151. Parking is available on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street.