Geneva Books, T-Shirts, Etc.
The items below support the Society and are available for the suggested donation. They can be obtained in the museum on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm, at Society events, or by writing Mary Jo Martin, PO Box 1188, Geneva FL, 32732 (email: GenevaHGS@aol.com). [Shipping and handling is $2.00 per item unless stated differently.]
Press City - ($5.00 donation)
In 1925, Congressman Charles D. Haines made a million dollar gift of Geneva land to the International Press Foundation with the purpose of establishing a home and place of recreation for members of the Press. “Press City” was to house a community center, museum, library, a convention center with a 10,000-seat auditorium, a modern hospital, a sanitarium, a theatre, a radio station and a Union railway station. The surrounding lakes were to be named after great newspapermen. Land was purchased for the beautiful and daring dream but was fated to always be just a dream. Read all about it in Press City book which is for sale at the Museum.
Removal of the Thrift Family to Geneva Treasure Land - ($10 donation)
Our newest printing - a reproduction of a 1912 brochure distributed "up north" by the East Sanford Land League to advertise and sell land in Geneva. 33 pages, including photos, maps, and explanations in old-fashioned terms telling "where they are building glorious gardens and golden groves". The company was selling 4000 acres in 10-acre lots for farming for the thrift-minded family - $40/acre, $3 down, $1 per month, with 4% interest being paid on the money the buyer had put into the purchase of the land. A great find and a priceless read!
A Place Called Geneva - History in Photographs - ($12 donation)
This spiral-bound book has 92 pages of photographs from Geneva's past, collected from Geneva's old families and also found in our museum and library records. It contains photos of people, transportation, houses, community buildings, churches, lakes and rivers, etc., - a real treasure complete with an index of people and places.
The Religious Heritage of Geneva, Florida - ($8 donation)
The book contains the story of Geneva's religious heritage, containing history and old photos of Geneva's eight churches (seven of which still have active congregations today). They are the First Baptist Church of Geneva, Geneva First United Methodist Church, Snow Hill MB Church, New Bethel AME Church, Oak Grove MB Church, Geneva Church of Christ, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Community Church of God, and Church of the Nazarene.
Maps, Charts, Aerials of the Island of Geneva - ($12 donation)
Our newest publication contains 92 pages of maps of Florida from 1562 to 1864; maps of the Geneva Area from 1837 to 1975; maps of our lakes, the St. Johns River and old canals from 1846 to the 1920s; and other miscellaneous maps including the Osceola Cypress Company, the Osceola Naval Outer Landing Field (where landfill is), the turpentine still, Geneva's cemeteries, and even a few satellite photos of Geneva. What a treasure!
The Making of a Village - A History of Geneva, Florida - ($17.50 donation)
For years at the annual Geneva Bus Tour people have asked for a book on the history of Geneva complete with the old photos. Well, we finally have completed it - The Making of a Village, A History of Geneva, Florida. The book is 8 1/2 x 11, spiral bound, with plastic front and back cover for protection. The book has 124 pages, 13 old maps, and over 85 photos. The book traces the Geneva area from its earliest inhabitants, through the early settlement era, to its “heyday” and beyond. Bill Belleville, author of the books - River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River and Losing It All to Sprawl, wrote the preface for our book. He stated, “Most of all we learn how a distinct 'sense of place' comes to be - - - and why the people who live in this very special village today are so proud of calling Geneva, Florida their home.” Mal and Mary Jo Martin guarantee that the book would make a wonderful gift, - for newcomers to Geneva, - for old-timers who want to remember when, and - for anyone interested in Florida history. If you wish it mailed, the postage and envelope would cost an additional $2 per book.
2004 Pen and Ink of Geneva Train Depot - ($15 donation)
The Geneva Historical Society has been offered the unique opportunity to commission a series of pen and ink drawings of historic Village of Geneva sites. The artist we commissioned to do the series is the Japanese artist, Amiko Kikuchi Martin. Amiko (Amy) has agreed to draw a Geneva historic site of our choosing at the rate of one each year. The Geneva Train Depot was the first of the series. From each original drawing we produced a number of “signed limited edition prints”---each print is numbered and personally signed by the artist. All prints are of the same size, style and paper, making a wonderful collection. The Depot is 11" X 14" unframed and includes an Artist's Biography and History of the Depot. Click on picture to enlarge. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50.
2005 Pen and Ink of Geneva School - ($15 donation)
Our second numbered print by Amiko Martin is of the old Geneva School which stands on the corner of First and Main. Each print is numbered and personally signed by the artist. You can obtain the 11” X 14” unframed print of the Geneva School for a $15 donation. The print comes with artist and historic information enclosed. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50
2006 Pen and Ink of the Flynt/Rehbinder Store - ($15 donation)
The third pen and ink drawings of historic Geneva is the Flynt-Rehbinder Store. The original Flynt store on the west shore of Lake Geneva. When it became apparent where the railroad was coming through, Flynt and Rehbinder became partners and built a store where the present Geneva Grocery and Feed stands – closer to the RR which ran beside the store along what is now Hart Road.. Flynt later sold his share to Rehbinder and Leo Rehbinder and his wife (a nurse) lived above the store. (Flynt built another store and an Inn to the west.) The Rehbinder Store burned a few years later and was replaced by the present concrete block building in 1915. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50.
2007 Pen and Ink of the Geneva Community Center - ($15 donation)
We are offering our fourth pen and ink drawing of historic Geneva by artist Amiko Kikuchi Martin - the Geneva Community Center. The original “Town Hall” was built as a one story building and the length of the building ran east to west. A second story was added as a meeting place for the historic fraternal organization Woodmen of the World. In the early 1930’s, during the depression, the building was torn down and the building we know today as the Geneva Community Center was rebuilt by the WPA using some of the original lumber on the exterior. The Osceola Cypress Company supplied the lumber for the interior. Each print is 11 X 14 and is numbered and personally signed by the artist. The prints would make great gifts for those who love Geneva history or would like a collection of beautiful historic prints. The print comes with an artist information sheet and the history of the building. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50.
2008 Pen and Ink of the Geneva Grocery and Feed - ($15 donation)
The fifth limited edition print of Geneva landmarks is this year’s print of the Geneva Grocery & Feed on Avenue C which was rebuilt after a fire in 1915 and still stands today. After the Rehbinder family left, the store went by many names - often named for the owners. Some of the owners have been Margaret Wicks (Wicks Store), Cader Hart, Lewis Hughey, Dick Streville, and Amanda Ensor. Each print is 11 X 14 and is numbered and personally signed by the artist. The prints would make great gifts for those who love Geneva history or would like a collection of beautiful historic prints. The print comes with an artist information sheet and the history of the building. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50. The artist, Amiko Kikuchi Martin, signs and numbers each print.
2009 Pen and Ink of a collage of 3 of Geneva's Historic Churches - ($15 donation)
The sixth limited edition print of Geneva landmarks is a collage three historic Churches of Geneva - The First Baptist Church of Geneva, the Geneva First United Methodist Church, and the New Bethel AME Church. Each print is 11 X 14 and is numbered and personally signed by the artist. The prints would make great gifts for those who love Geneva history or would like a collection of beautiful historic prints. The print comes with an artist information sheet and the history of the buildings. If you wish a print mailed to you, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50. The artist, Amiko Kikuchi Martin, signs and numbers each print.
2010 Pen and Ink of the Pattishall / Logan Store - ($15 donation)
The seventh limited edition print of Geneva landmarks is the Pattishall/Logan Store built by Homer Pattishall, circa 1915, at the corner of 2nd and Main in Geneva. A few months later he sold the general store to J. A. Logan. The building still stands and is now a renovated private residence. Each print is 11 X 14 and is numbered and personally signed by the artist. The prints would make great gifts for those who love Geneva history or would like a collection of beautiful historic prints. The print comes with an artist information sheet and the history of the building. If you wish a print mailed, the postage and mailing tube costs $3.50. The artist, Amiko Kikuchi Martin, signs and numbers each print.
Geneva License Plate - ($10 donation)
The attractive Geneva license plate has two of Geneva's famous Sandhill Cranes and the wording "Geneva, Florida" on it. It is made of heavy plastic with holes for mounting. Put it on your car to show that you are proud to be from the Village of Geneva.
Geneva Cap - 1 size with adjustable strap - ($12 donation)
Our newest item is the classy Village of Geneva Cap. This essential headgear is a five-panel pre-washed tan canvas hat with a black bill and Village of Geneva logo - complete with our famous Geneva sandhill cranes.
Steamboat Days of Geneva Florida (Traveling on the St. Johns from Lake Monroe south to Lake Washington) ($8.00 donation)
This 8 1/2 X 11 book was compiled by Mal Martin. It begins with a short history of the St. Johns River and steamboating, and then it takes you on a trip down the St. Johns from Lake Monroe to Lake Washington with maps, photos and little tidbits of information. We quote writer and publisher Sidney Lanier, "Yet we can do no better than simply look back on those early days with sad nostalgia." Click the photo at right to see the larger cover of the book >>. 8 X 11, plastic comb bound.
Russian Immigrants in Geneva, Florida - 1877 An Autobiography by Leo Michael Rehbinder. ($8.00 donation)
Michael and Anna Rehbinder of St. Petersburg, Russia settled in Geneva, Florida in 1877. They were of aristocratic families in Russia and were unprepared for the Geneva wilderness, however they survived. This 95 page book is the autobiography of their son, Leo Michael Rehbinder - the life of a boy growing up in a Russian family in Geneva at the turn of the 20th century; dealing with the hardships of orange freezes, depression, mental illness; teaching school in the rural communities of Florida; working the new Florida railroads; etc. Click the photo at right to see the larger cover of the book >>. 5 x 7, plastic comb bound.
Reflections - A book of memories of growing up and living in Geneva in days gone by. 2005. ($5.00 donation.)
These wonderful memories were written by the following Geneva residents: Kitty Wells Sieg Culpepper Allen, Anna Rehbinder, Kate Flynt Kilbee, Altamease Stewart McKenzie, Elizabeth F. Mathieux, Jeanetta Sheldon White, Eleanore Marshall, Lois Grant, McKinney, Annie Peters Wagnon, Henry B. Jones, the Sieg-Culpepper Nuptials, Marion Taylor Allen, Isabel Greer, Leo Michael Rehbinder and Ben Wheeler. You can learn a lot about Geneva history and its people in these enjoyable writings. 5 x 7, plastic comb bound.
Geneva Note Cards - ($5.00 donation)
6 different photograph note cards in each pack. The history of the building is written on the back of reach card. Photos are of Geneva Train Depot, Lake Harney Pavilion, Geneva Baptist Church c. 1920, Geneva Town Hall, Flynt-Rehbinder Store, and Osceola Cypress Mill.
Geneva T-shirts - (S, M, L, XL - $12 donation, XXL - $13 donation)
Our newest T-shirt design has a print of our beloved Geneva Railroad Depot with the words "Village of Geneva" in a ribbon across the bottom. The design is across the front of the shirt. They come in all sizes in teal or rust - S, M, L, XL, XXL (no XXL in teal). They are 50-50. Show your Geneva spirit with a T-Shirt.
We still have a few of our sandhill crane design T-shirts. Everyone in Geneva believes the cranes live in their yard! Graphic artist Shaughnessy Hart created this design especially for the Geneva Historical Society. They are white, 100% cotton - only in Large and Xtra Large.
We also have the Liz Watkins design Geneva T-shirts in forest green. The shirt has a scene of Geneva & date established. See the scene at right which appears on the front of the shirt. We only have them in Small and Medium.
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