Historic Geneva Seeks Local Recipes
Geneva, N.Y.: In conjunction with the current exhibit Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Food and Beverages in Geneva, Historic Geneva is seeking local recipes for its Archival Collection. Food traditions tell the stories of people as much as letters and diaries do. At Historic Geneva, we want to collect Geneva’s food stories and recipes to help us tell these stories.
The Historic Geneva collection includes photos and artifacts associated with restaurants and food businesses and some cookbooks produced by local organizations or individuals. We would like to add more recent information to the collection from families and food businesses in Geneva today. Recipes could be for traditional foods that connect family members to special events or ethnic heritage—a dish for a holiday, a special birthday cake, or the favorite pasta sauce from the home country. They could be dishes made with local ingredients or products unique to the Finger Lakes. We also welcome donations of cookbooks produced by local organizations like churches and service clubs that feature local recipes.
If enough recipes are submitted, we plan to assemble them in a printed or digital form available to the public. Our interest is in what ties the recipe to this region, and what makes it meaningful. Submissions are due by June 2, 2023.
To contribute a recipe, email it with the subject line Recipe Project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions can also be mailed to 543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Please include your name and some information about the recipe. Tell us why the dish matters to you or your family, as well as how it connects to Geneva. For questions or further information, call Anne Dealy or Rebecca Petropoulos at 315-789-5151.
Historic Geneva, formerly the Geneva Historical Society, tells the stories of Geneva, New York at the Geneva History Museum, Rose Hill Mansion, and Johnston House, and online at historicgeneva.org.