Children’s Author and Teddy Bear Collector to Speak – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Children’s Author and Teddy Bear Collector to Speak

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the teddy bear, the Rev. Chester Freeman, acclaimed artist and author, will discuss the history, mystique and collectibility of America's most popular stuffed animal. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Geneva Historical Society, in conjunction with the current exhibit “Happy Birthday Bear! The Teddy Bear Turns 100”. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served following the talk.

The third most common collectible in the world, the teddy bear has been fascinating people from its very beginnings in 1902. In this program, Rev. Freeman will compare the history of the teddy bear with its present-day status, including investment potential and therapeutic value.

Rev. Freeman is a former college chaplain from Amherst College, the author of the children's book “Run Away Bear,” and an accomplished teddy bear artist.

The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 S. Main St. 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.