During Orientation, new Hobart and William Smith students typically spend time completing projects in Geneva, giving them firsthand experience in the community they now call home while also introducing them to the concept of service that will be an integral part of their educational experience over the next four years.
This fall, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCSEL) has partnered with the Geneva Historical Society to create a video that takes students on a journey through Geneva’s past. A project that better fits with COVID-19 restrictions.
The video, available below, provides students with answers to the questions, What are the Finger Lakes and why should I care?, while exploring three key elements of the city’s history: agriculture, transportation and people.
CCSEL Director Katie Flowers explains that after viewing the video — which includes historical photographs and documents provided by institutions throughout the Geneva area — “students will be presented with a list of organizations to which they will pledge to engage with, virtually or directly, over the next year and before graduation.”
The video is produced by John Marks, curator of collections and exhibits at the Geneva Historical, who also serves as an adjunct instructor of public history and historic preservation at the Colleges. Voice over was provided by Bethany Snyder, senior editor in the HWS Office of Communications and Marketing.
Photo above courtesy of the Geneva Historical Society. Between 1944 and 1946, prisoners of war were put to work in labor camps to farm crops. Here, Italian prisoners of war are shown to their quarters at the State Armory in Geneva.