Events for 2016
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
January & February - The Museum of Geneva History presents three small exhibits now in the Museum: (1) the manned Aircraft Spotting Tower in Geneva during WWII, (2) colorful seed bag material used for dresses, aprons, & curtains during the depression & WWII, and (3) a display of museum handkerchiefs along with the history of handkerchiefs.
February 5, Friday – In place of the bus tour this year, the Geneva Historical Society has put together a narrated Geneva History Slide Presentation and the evening will close with the showing of the 1999 TV Episode of “E.R.” (almost all filmed in Geneva). See and hear about the history of the Geneva area in over 100 photos/maps of the area in days gone by – brick roads, ferries, steamboating, early stores, cattlemen, railroad, schools, Osceola sawmill, Geneva’s volunteer fire dept., Lewis Thornton Powell, the turpentine still, etc. Then see the “Middle of Nowhere” episode, filmed on Ave C, Cochran Rd, and Hart Rd, with scenes at Geneva churches, store, trail, etc. There is even one part of downtown Oviedo when they “go to town”. This special event will be held in the Geneva Community Center on First Street at 7:00 PM. Don’t miss it.
April 23, Saturday – Get ready for the third Antique Appraisal Fair, 10:00 to 2:00 PM, at the Geneva Community Center, 1st Street. Ever wonder what the old quilt, vase, gun, or chair that your grandparents or great-grandparents gave you might be worth? Mark your calendar and find the answer as Kevin Quinlan, an experienced well-known appraiser, donates his time. There will be a $5 per item donation to the Geneva Historical Society for each appraisal. (Three items may be entered at a time.) Kevin tells about each item so everyone can hear. Come enjoy the day, whether you bring something or not. Geneva’s own “Antique Road Show”.
May 7, 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. Members free. This year, in honor of Mother's Day, the Historical Society is providing all the dishes. If you must bring something, a homemade desert would be appreciated. Guests - $7 for dinner.
August 26 - We will be holding an Evening of Old-Fashioned Entertainment at the Museum & Geneva Community Center. Plans are to have a working radio display (one plays Amos and Andy), working violano (player piano/player violin), working Edison cylinder phonograph, working cabinet and portable phonographs, old-fashioned children's toys, and first slide projector, & much much more. The evening will end with a well-known silent movie.
November 5, Saturday – Don’t miss the tradition of the Geneva Cemetery Tour. This, the seventh cemetery tour, 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 and hear them tell their story. 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. No need to sign up/ Just come.
December, TBD Saturday - 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, story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy connection, Geneva T-shirts S-XXL, Geneva hoodies, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, pen & ink / watercolor Geneva prints, etc. We will be under the big tree near 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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