The Geneva Historical Society's fall program series will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Geneva Historical Society Museum. The Society Director, Charles Bauder, will present an illustrated lecture on the history of the early 20th-century boat building company Fay & Bowen. “The Fay & Bowen Engine Company” is offered in conjunction with the Society's current exhibit, Boats of the Finger Lakes, on view in the Museum's Hucker Gallery until Oct. 30.
The Fay & Bowen Engine Company moved to Geneva from Auburn in 1904. They located their facility on Lake Street at the point where the canal let out into the lake and near convenient railroad transportation. The company soon became a major employer and an integral part of Geneva's busy industrial waterfront. Although the company's main business was internal combustion engines, Fay & Bowen is remembered today for their superior motorboats. The craftsmanship put into these boats made them a favorite of the rich and famous and earned them the motto, “None Better Built.”
To learn more about the Fay & Bowen Company join in on Sept. 21 at the Geneva Historical Society Museum at 543 South Main Street, Geneva. Refreshments will be served following the program. 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.