Geneva, N.Y.: Historic Geneva will be presenting two programs in conjunction with the City of Geneva to celebrate the city's 125th birthday this year. John Marks, Historic Geneva's curator, will present the lecture, "One City, Many Stories: Geneva’s Diversity" on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club Goodman Street location. John will speak about the many diverse peoples who have made up Geneva's population over its history. From the native Haudenosaunee population and those who came from New England, the South, and downstate, to the waves of immigrants from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Syria, Mexico, and elsewhere, John will look at what drew various groups of people to the area and how they helped build the city of Geneva today.

On Thursday, March 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., John will hold a History Happy Hour at Lake Drum Brewing featuring a captioned slide show of images of Geneva in 1898, the year it became a city. The slides will run on a continuous loop throughout the time. John will be available to chat and welcomes people with stories and photos to share for future programs.

These programs are part of the City of Geneva's 125th anniversary celebration and are free and open to the public. For more about the celebrations, visit the City of Geneva website calendar.

Historic Geneva tells the stories of Geneva, New York at the Geneva History Museum, Rose Hill Mansion, and Johnston House, and online at

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