The Geneva Historical Society's 2004 Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25, at Belhurst Castle. The program for this year's dinner is “Boatbuilding in the Finger Lakes” presented by Bill Oben of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. A short business meeting will also be held to highlight last year's activities, elect new officers and trustees, and to recognize the Volunteer of the Year.
Oben's program will focus on the fascinating history of boatbuilding in this region, featuring the many companies that were once based here. Among others, he will discuss Fay and Bowen in Geneva, Morehouse Boats in Seneca Falls, Dundee Boats out of Dundee, and Penn Yan Boats, of Penn Yan. He is currently the vice president of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and will also address that museum's efforts to collect, preserve, and display boats of the region.
Oben and his wife are year-round residents of Keuka Lake. He is retired from a career in manufacturing and management at Eastman Kodak Company. He is president of the Keuka Lake Association and a board member of the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society.
The dinner is open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information or reservations call the Society office at 789-5151 by Friday, May 21.