Learning of Geneva’s Community Pride
At the beginning of November, co-Facilitator Matt Herman and I went to Geneva, IL, to visit the Geneva History Center.
Located in the heart of Geneva’s downtown district, the Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, study, interpret and exhibit significant materials relating to the Midwestern city’s community and to provide related educational and advocacy services to the public.
To celebrate the city’s 175th anniversary, StoryCorps was called to record twenty-four interviews with long-time Geneva residents. Participants shared their memories of the town, their heritage, and their work in education, business, and volunteerism.
Margaret Selakovich, who planned and organized StoryCorps’ visit, interviewed her friend Marline Krug. The women discussed Marline’s work as a fourth grade teacher at Western Avenue School and her love for the city of Geneva. Combining her passion for teaching with an appreciation for local history, Marline came to the Geneva History Center as a volunteer.
StoryCorps thanks Margaret, Marline and all who participated for passing on the stories that make Geneva, IL, a source of community pride!
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