The Geneva Historical Society’s winter exhibit, Holiday Celebrations, opens in the Hucker Gallery on Nov. 27. This exhibit explores the traditions of Genevans from many backgrounds. At year’s end, Genevans celebrate, not only Christmas, but also Hanukkah, Diwali, Santa Lucia Day, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Las Posadas, and All Kings Day. Visitors will also encounter the many individual family traditions that Genevans have developed, from ways of decorating to the time that gifts are opened to the foods prepared and eaten on the holidays.
Holiday Celebrations includes a history of Christmas celebrations in Geneva, the stories of other cultural holidays, and many local examples of family festivities. It features photographs and items from the Society collection, as well as items loaned by people in the community. The exhibit is meant to be a community conversation and there are several opportunities for visitors to add their favorite holiday memories, their favorite foods, and their favorite family traditions. Holiday Celebrations will run through March 2005.
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. Parking is on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street.
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.