Kane County History: Geneva's Holiday Giving Tradition Continues Despite Pandemic

Kane County History: Geneva’s Holiday Giving Tradition Continues Despite Pandemic

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s post is contributed by Terry Emma, director of the Geneva History Museum. All photos are courtesy of the Geneva History Museum.

For many years, the Geneva History Museum Geneva Giving Trees display has offered the opportunity for local non-profit organizations to decorate a Christmas tree in our Feature Gallery.  The display has become a Geneva holiday tradition and was designed to call attention to some of the nonprofit organizations that benefit local citizens and remind us that, in Geneva, community comes first!

This year, everything is different. While GHM remains temporarily closed, downtown businesses have kindly offered space, inside and outside of their buildings, to host the Giving Trees. This is a wonderful opportunity for these nonprofit organizations to raise some much-needed funds.

Trees were put on display Nov. 23, and they’ll remain up for people see and enjoy until Jan. 2.

Visit the following participating downtown Geneva businesses to view the Geneva Giving Trees and pick up a tree location map:

Location  /  Nonprofit

The Northern Illinois Food Bank Giving Tree just outside The Little Traveler’s Fulton Street entrance.

  • Aurelio’s Pizza, 330 West State Street  /  American Legion Post 75
  • Bruce & Willy’s, 308 West State Street  /  Geneva Middle School North & South PTOs
  • Cafe & Barr, 407 South Third Street  /  Western Avenue School PTO
  • The Chilled Palette, 500 South Third Street, Suite 117  /  Geneva Library Foundation
  • Country Naturals, 316 Campbell Street  /  Geneva Garden Club
  • The Crystal Bride, 207 West State Street  /  Greater Geneva Art Guild
  • Doughocracy, 407 South Third Street  /  Marklund
  • First State Bank, 323 West State Street  /  Geneva Rotary Club
  • Flair on 3rd, 312 South Third Street  /  Fox Valley Hands of Hope
  • Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 South Third Street  /  Mutual Ground
  • Halsa, 202 West State Street  /  Geneva Community Chest
  • Kilwin’s, 407 South Third Street, Suite 186  /  Suicide Prevention Services
  • The Little Traveler, Fulton Street Entrance  / Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Liz & Kate Boutique, 407 South Third Street, Suite 174  /  CASA Kane County
  • Love Theory Bridal, 407 South Third Street, Suite 160  /  Salvation Army
  • Peaceful Parlour, 212 South Third Street  /  Association for Individual Development
  • Proud Fox Gallery and Shop, 212 West State Street  /  The Joshua Tree Community
  • Scentcerely Yours, 211 West State Street  /  Second Act|Scene 2
  • State Street Jewelers, 230 West State Street  / Anderson Animal Shelter
  • Yoga Six, 577 South Third Street, Suite 100  /  Sneaker Heartz


Cast Your Vote!

Cast your vote for your favorite Geneva Giving Trees at www.GenevaHistoryMuseum.org.

Each vote costs $1, with a minimum bid of $5 (or five votes). The winning organization will keep 100% of the funds raised in support of their tree. The remaining organizations will split their winnings 50/50 with the museum.

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