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Learning of Geneva’s Community Pride

Door-to-Door Facilitators Carolina Correa (c) and Matt Herman (r) with Margaret Selakovich

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.

Marline Krug (r) and Margaret Selakovich

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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  • 1968, we were tired, but stopped to see an aging lady. She told us her heart-breaking story of “date rape”, as it would be called now. At the turn of the century, it was just a woman’s lot. The resulting pregnancy resulted in a fast wedding and “premature” birth. It explained the subtle reminders and hints her sister-in-law would throw about. I know it brought the lady peace to share it. It gave us understanding, when she suicided several months later.

    Please approach story gathering this without expectations. Let the stories unfold as they will, even if they are painful. They can be valuable reminders to all of us that we live in a different time.
    Thank you for doing this.

    Comment from Jayne Highlands on November 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm - Reply to this Comment

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