There is important history in every community. It is everywhere in Geneva: in our schools, parks, neighborhoods, buildings, monuments, historic sites, cemeteries and documents. We can use this local history to enliven the study of the past and to instill pride in our youth! The Geneva History Center is working to connect students to local history in a meaningful way with local history programs.Included is a list of educational programs that are offered through the Geneva History Center. We currently offer nine core programs to second through fifth grade students that are directly tied to the social studies curriculum and are aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards.
The cost for all programs is $3 per student. Traveling Trunks are $50 for one week, delivered in town.
Communities - A Hike Through Your Hometown
The theme of this 2-1/2 hour field trip is “community”. Participants will discover places in downtown Geneva that serve the community now, as well as in the past. Highlights of the walking tour include the first hospital, library, City Hall, the old Kane County Courthouse and a talk with a Geneva Police Officer. Students will also explore different sections of the permanent exhibit and participate in a classroom map activity.
Native Americans of the Fox Valley (Outreach or Traveling Trunk)
Participants will travel back in time to discover the culture of the Potawatomi Native Americans. Students will learn about the life of these Fox Valley residents during the 1800s by examining their food, clothing, housing and transportation.
An Afternoon with Charity Herrington (Outreach)
Meet Charity Herrington, the mother of Geneva’s founding family, experience the close quarters her seven children endured in their covered wagon while traveling west, suggest what they should bring on their journey, and discover what Geneva looked like when the first settlers arrived.
Hiking Through Your Hometown
This 2-1/2 hour field trip to the Geneva History Center includes a walking tour, a tour of the permanent exhibit and a classroom timeline activity. In this program students will explore their hometown and learn more about Geneva’s historic buildings. Highlights of the walking tour include visiting the site of the first permanent settlement in Geneva, learning about Geneva's first hospitals, ringing the bell in Geneva's oldest church and more.
Swedish Immigration (Outreach or Traveling Trunk)
Participants will hear the true story of three children ages 13, 9 and 6 who journeyed from Sweden to Geneva in 1903 by themselves; then the story of an 18 year old Swedish immigrant girl who lived and worked in Geneva in 1899. These two documented stories will introduce the theme of “immigration to the U.S.” using Geneva as an example.
NEW: Geneva Museum Day ...Spend a Day Exploring Your Local Museums
This all day field trip includes a visit to the Geneva History Center, expert guided tours at Preservation Partner’s Fabyan Villa and the Kane County Forest Preserve’s windmill, as well as a scavenger hunt at the West Side Cemetery. For more information contact the Museum Educator at GHC.
Architectural Walking Tour
You don't need to live in Geneva to learn about architecture! On this walking tour, we will look for "teeth" on houses and find the "fish shingles." We will discover which houses were originally barns and find the stone soldiers over windows. Each participant will take home set of cards to help them look for architectural details on buildings in their own community.