Events for 2014
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month - Visit the Museum of Geneva History, open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (except Mother's Day), located next door to the Geneva Community Center on 1st Street. Come visit, admission is free. Geneva Historical Museum
February 1, 2014 - Geneva Bus Tour - The 14th Annual Geneva Historic Bus Tour is a 90 minute narrated tour that takes place on a comfortable tour bus as it winds its way through historic Geneva. While looking at pictures of how Geneva used to be, you then see the historic locations and structures that still exist. There are two tours - - 9:30 AM OR 11:30 AM and the tours begin and end at the Geneva Community Center. (The tour for 2015 will be the first Saturday in February.)
February 1, 2014 - Saturday -The annual Geneva Pancake Breakfast takes place in the Geneva Community Center from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Relax over breakfast with your Geneva neighbors! Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a modest $5 per person donation. The Geneva Historical Society which will also be selling its books, T-shirts, prints, etc. Come have breakfast, meet your neighbors, and then tour the Geneva Museum free from 9:00 - 11:30 AM. No reservations needed. You do not have to go on the bus tour to enjoy the Pancake Breakfast. Benefits Geneva's Boy Scout Troop.
February - April, The Museum of Geneva History presents: "From Hats to Hobbles" exhibit which is on display at the Museum through the end of April at normal Museum times: 2:00 - 4:00 PM on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month - or by appointment - 407-349-569. There are outfits displayed which were worn by the women and children of Geneva between 1890s-1910 and an exhibit of historic photos of Geneva men, women, and children taken during that era.
April 26, Saturday - Antique Appraisal Fair, 10:00 to 2:00 PM, Geneva Community Center, 1st Street, Geneva. Ever wonder what the old quilt, vase, gun or chair that your great-grandparents gave you might be worth? Mark your calendar and find the answer on April 26. Kevin Quinlan, an experienced well-known appraiser, will donate his time for this, the second Geneva Antique Appraisal Fair. There will be a $5 per item donation to the Geneva Historical Society for the appraisals. Join the fun at Geneva's own "Antiques Road Show."
May 3, Saturday - Start your Saturday at the Geneva Historical Society's Annual May Day Picnic & Annual Meeting at Fort Lane Park (off Jungle Road) beginning around 11:00 AM. Come join us for an old-fashioned fish fry with some music on the side. Members free. Guests - $7 for a dinner. Bring a side dish or dessert that is large enough for your family. The Society will provide the meat and drink.
June 22, Sunday - Bring your family and friends for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social and see our new exhibit! Mark your calendar for the Grand Opening of the Museum of Geneva History's next exhibit - "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks," part of the Decades of Fashion Design exhibition which runs through 2014. Fashions of the 20's, 30's, and 40's will be displayed on manikins, in Geneva family photos, and on the servers - along with period music on an old phonograph and an actual radio show on a cathedral-style radio. We will dress in our period attire. You may come-as-you-are, but feel free to join the affair by dressing in the style of any of these decades. Time is 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The Museum is located at 165 First Street, next to the Community Center. Free, but donations appreciated for the Museum. This exhibit will be on display through September.
June through September - "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks," part of the Decades of Fashion Design exhibition will run through 2014 in the Museum. Fashions of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are displayed on manikins and in Geneva family photos. There is also period music on the violano and an actual Amos and Andy radio show on a "cathedral" radio. Toys of the era are also displayed for the kids. The Museum is open the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 2:00-4:00 PM.
August 22, Friday - Back by popular demand: Steamboat Days of Geneva Florida. What it was like traveling on steamboats on the Upper St. Johns River - 1800s to 1910? Steamboat slide presentation, rare 1883 nautical maps of the St Johns River, calliope music & whistles, and this year our evening will finish with a 1935 steamboat feature film. Slide show narrated by Geneva’s historian Mal Martin. 7:00 PM at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, Geneva. Free, but donations to the Geneva Historical Society appreciated. Steamboating in Geneva book also available at a reasonable cost.
September 27, Saturday - For several years now our Museum of Geneva History has participated in Smithsonian Day which is a day when museums across the country are asked to have free admission and be open to the public. Our Geneva Museum will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for anyone to visit. For information on visiting other Museums go to: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.
November, (date to be determined) a Saturday in November – Don’t miss the new tradition of the Geneva Cemetery Tour. This will be the fifth tour, which begins promptly at 6:30 PM and will last a little over an hour. Follow your Lantern Leader through the Geneva Cemetery to the final resting places of some of Geneva’s long-departed citizens. Admission is free but a donation to the Geneva Historical Society is always appreciated. Bring a flashlight to assist you on your return to your car at the end. The cemetery is located at the end of Cemetery Rd., off 1st Street in Geneva.
December 13 & 20, Saturdays - Need some neat Geneva Christmas gifts? The Geneva Historical Society will be having its annual Historical Society Post Office Sale. We will be selling books on the history of Geneva, photo books, new book on the story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy Connection, Geneva T-shirts S-XXL, Geneva hoodies, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, pen & ink or watercolor Geneva prints, etc. We will be near the tree at the Geneva Post Office from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Get those last minute gifts for your Geneva loved ones.
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