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Geneva History Center 07
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On April 21-22 2007 the Northern Illinois Train Club participated in a Show For the Benifit of the Geneva History Center. Founded in 1943 the weekend became the busiest weekend they've ever seen! 2000 guest came to see the layout! It was a first for NILTC in that besides the ususal suspects several members built models representing Geneva's history just for this show.

Historic photos courtesy of the Geneva History Center.



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   The Geneva Historical Society was formed in 1943. The first museum was opened in 1965. The new history center was opened in 2004. It is located in downtown Geneva IL at 113 South Third street.



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   The real history center



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   This Dutch windmill was constructed in Elmhurst IL in the mid-19th century. Lapsing into disrepair it was purchased by Colonel Fabyan in 1914. He moved to his estate along the banks of the Fox River where it was restored. It can be visited today at what is now Fabyan Forest Preserve. The model had motorized blades that added to it's realistic detail.



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   ...back in the day.



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   The windmill as it is today.



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   Geneva Fire Truck No. 2 Circa 1935...



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   ...showen here sitting in front of city hall.



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   The Unitarian Church built in 1843. It is the oldest church in Geneva,



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   ...way back...



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   ...and today.



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   Historic Blizzard? While it looks modern the Geneva Dairy Queen was built in the early 60's and thus has been part of the town for over 40 years.



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   As it is today.



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   The Train Depot Built in 1892 and completed just in time to take visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This building no longer exists.



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   ...in it's heyday.



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   The Little Owl, founded in 1920 by Egisto Lencioni is Geneva's oldest operating restaurant.



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   You could eat there today.



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   The present day Post Office was built in 1938.



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   As it started out...



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   ...And today



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   This tree and owls nest is a trubute to a family of Horned Owls that live in the area and return after every winter.



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   As a fundraiser the event was quite a sucsess!



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   It recived a lot of press attention.



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   The store front location drew lots of attention of the 2000 guests 1000 came through in one four hour period on Sunday!



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   Thanks for visiting! please stop by the Brickshelf pages and see all the display details! theres two pages of photos, newspaper articals, movie clips and more! For more information please visit NILTC.ORG



Comments

 I like it 
  May 2, 2007
Nice train/town display. I like the historical references for some of the buildings. Perhaps some or all of this will be at the 2007 NMRA NTS in Detroit?
 I like it 
  April 28, 2007
One of the most amazing things I have ever seen. This is so awesome!
 
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