Educational and entertaining programs are offered at the Rural Life Museum throughout the year. Past programs have included topics popular with local historians, such as quilting, schoolhouse history, NYS railroads, Civil War enactments, military history, the Erie Canal and more.

One of the major events of the year is the annual Wheat Harvest Festival in August, now in its 19th year.  This is a popular community event and only one of the ways that the organization works hand-in-hand with other local groups to provide wholesome family events for the community.

The Genoa Historical Association has sponsored demonstrations on soap making, fly-tying, kite construction, wood carving and other hobbies of community members.  GHA has worked with several nearby historical associations to coordinate threads of local history common to all.

Recording memories of yesteryear, genealogy research, preservation and antique appraisal have been popular.  Tours of NYS historical marker sites, 19th century area homes, one room schoolhouse sites and exploring the fourteen cemeteries located in the Town of Genoa have proved interesting.

Local talent has been showcased at the Rural Life Museum with music programs, both vocal and instrumental, to entertain the community.  We have welcomed cloggers, square dancers, Irish jig and step-dancers.

School and group programs (Rotary, Red Hats, church, scouts…) are available by appointment and can be tailored (one hour to a whole day) to meet the needs of the class or organization. Activity packets are available upon request to groups prior to your visit.

Your ideas for educational and entertaining programs are always welcome.




Nothing from Wednesday, January 20, 2021 to Saturday, August 7, 2021.