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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Geneva History Center

The LGB club's Swedish Days layout
We stopped in to the Geneva History Center during Swedish Days to take a look at the LGB Model Railroad Club display. The club regularly appears at locations and events around the Chicago area, so we had previously enjoyed their large-scale layouts at Brookfield Zoo and Morton Arboretum. In honor of Swedish Days, this display included buildings adorned with Swedish flags and a small Kirsten doll of American Girl fame. These details and more than 20 others were included in a scavenger hunt for guests. Number one on the scavenger hunt, and seemingly most popular with viewers, was the coaling tower that repeatedly filled cars with "pearls."

When I was able to pull my son away from the display for a few minutes to look at the rest of the museum, he delighted in the dioramas of train stations from Geneva's past. One is just outside the building's Mary Bencini Room where the train show was held. The other is within the top-notch "Greetings from Geneva" exhibit in the main gallery. (This permanent exhibit on the city's history also included a hands-on design your own subdivision table that kept my future civil engineer engaged for quite awhile.) Once again, trains get us in the door and a little extra local history sneaks into unsuspecting young brains while they are looking and playing. That, my friends, is the reason I'm willing to keep feeding this passion for trains!








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