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Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Geneva Historical Society

The Geneva Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Prouty-Chew Museum on South Main Street.

With the opening of the Discovery Room, this year’s Open House will include several activities for children to enjoy, and the museum will be decorated for the holidays and be filled with holiday music and delicious holiday treats.

The Discovery Room is a new exhibit space dedicated to children aged 6 to 10 years old, which will be displayed for the first time during the Holiday Open House.

Walled off from the main exhibit gallery, the colorful 240-square-foot room contains hands-on activities and books that allow children to explore aspects of Geneva’s history and culture.

Activities focus on Seneca basket making and beadwork, historic clothing, and “re-building” downtown Geneva.

Also featured is an enhanced version of the interactive canal lock created for the 2003 Erie Canal exhibit. Built to scale from the plans for the original canal locks, the model has working doors and a barge that children can move through the lock.

Anne Dealy, director of education and Public Information, said the special room is designed to give children a place of their own in the museum.

“We hope families will just come in to enjoy the space. Many of our exhibits prohibit touching, due to the age or fragility of the objects on display. Since young children learn by doing and touching, museums can be frustrating for them. We hope this new exhibit will help address this need for our youngest visitors.”

The Hucker Gallery is now displaying many unusual objects from the Society collection, as well as toys and holiday-related artifacts added for the season.

Admission to the Holiday Open House is free of charge, as are all activities and refreshments. For details, call (315) 789-5151.