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Historical Society Collecting Hand Knit Scarves for Veterans

Sep 10th, 2018

Geneva, N.Y.: During both World Wars, American citizens participated in the war effort by producing knitted goods for soldiers’ use. In conjunction with the centennial of the end of World War I and the Geneva Historical Society's current exhibit, A Changing World: Geneva and World War I, the Historical Society is collecting hand knit or crocheted scarves for veterans.
This project is part of the Knit Your Bit program at the National WW II Museum in New Orleans. To participate:

  • Scarves must measure roughly 6” x 60”
  • No key-hole or potato chip scarves
  • Yarn must be machine washable and dryable in gender neutral or patriotic colors. No fun fur or eyelash yarn.
  • Sew in all loose ends.
  • Sample patterns can be found at

Scarves should be submitted with the knitter's name and contact information. Items can be mailed or dropped off at the Historical Society at 543 South Main Street in Geneva. Donations will be accepted until Friday, October 5, 2018.
Launched in 2006, more than 10,000 knitters and crocheters across the country have participated in the National World War II Museum's Knit Your Bit project. Through their efforts, the museum has distributed 50,000 scarves to approximately 1,000 veterans’ centers, hospitals, and service organizations across the country. For more information about the National WW II Museum or the Knit Your Bit program go to
For more information about the this service project, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151. The Geneva History Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY. Parking is on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street.

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