This month the Geneva Historical Society is offering a program to get in the mood for spring gardening. Antiques dealer Mary Isselhard will present the program “Early Seed Catalogs and Garden Ephemera” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26. The presentation will include a talk and a display of Isselhard’s unique collection of paper catalogs, rare books and photos, seed sale display boxes, and garden room collectibles. A selection of the Society’s material on Geneva nurseries will also be on display.
Isselhard will highlight seed companies from New York State, including the Rochester company Vicks and other western NY nurseries. Part of the talk will emphasize the impact that different historical events had on gardening in the United States, including the Women’s Movement, the end of the Victorian Era, and World War One.
Mary Isselhard is an active antiques dealer with a life-long interest in both antiques and gardening. She is a graduate of the State University College at Brockport and is retired from Frontier Telephone. Her talk will aim to put a new spin on what is already the most popular hobby in America. For more information, call the Society at 789-5151.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Geneva Historical Society receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the New York Council for the Humanities and the Town and City of Geneva.