Lecture on New York’s Historical Marker Signs – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Lecture on New York’s Historical Marker Signs

Yellow and blue signs, which mark locations important in both state and national history, can be found throughout New York State. Originally raised by the New York State Education Department to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Revolution, the signs mark historic places and give clues as to the stories of those who lived in our communities before us.

Howard S. Ford has explored the history revealed by these signs and this month he will share his discoveries in a collaborative program sponsored by the Geneva Historical Society and the Geneva Free Library. Ford, author of “Sure Signs: Stories Behind the Historical Markers of Central New York,” will speak about his book and research at 7:30 p.m. on May 12, in the Hucker Gallery. This free lecture is part of a joint series put on by the Geneva Historical Society and the Geneva Free Library. For more information, call 789-5151.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Ford retired from financial planning in 1988 and has published articles in Adirondack Life and Wooden Boat magazines. He lives in Skaneateles.

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.