The Geneva Historical Society's winter exhibit “Happy Birthday Bear! The Teddy Bear Turns 100” will close March 1. The exhibit features bears from the Geneva area as well as highlights from teddy bear history. This community-wide exhibit features the bears of many people rather than a few large collections. Bears of all ages and conditions are on display, along with teddy bear memorabilia and photographs.
The teddy bear was “born” in 1902 after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub during a hunting trip in Mississippi. A cartoon about the incident inspired Morris and Rose Michtom of Brooklyn, N.Y., to create a stuffed “Teddy's Bear” for the window of their candy shop. Around the same time in Germany, Margarete Steiff added a bear to her line of stuffed toys. Teddy bears became a craze that continues a century later.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 S. Main St. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but open 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.