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Celebrate Geneva city hall's 100th birthday

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  • Geneva City Hall is turning 100.

      Geneva City Hall is turning 100.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 

Did you know that Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns' city hall office is where they used to park the fire truck in the olden days?

Or that the city council chamber used to host entertainment of a different sort, as a community hall?

And why did Geneva need a new city hall in 1912?

You can learn a lot about the red brick building at First and James streets during a celebration of its centennial, from 9 a.m. to noon May 19.

The contents of a time capsule in the building's cornerstone will be revealed, giving a glimpse of what Genevans thought was important in 1912.

And Burns will place a new time capsule into the cornerstone, including a community group photo to be taken that morning.

The Geneva High School marching band will perform. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Graham's 318 coffeehouse and Hahn's Bakery.

The city hall celebration is not the only festivity going on in Geneva Saturday. The annual Gardenology event is going on, too, throughout the downtown.

Businesses and nonprofit groups will have displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The theme is "A Garden Path to Nature." There will be seminars, prize giveaways, and opportunities to meet with gardening experts. For a complete schedule and map, visit gardenologygenevail.com.

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