History Center plants Victory Garden

By on August 2, 2009

GENEVA—Geneva History Center staff and volunteers have planted a Victory Garden in front of the building at 113 South Third Street. The garden includes three earthboxes brimming with crops such as tomatoes, Swiss chard, eggplant and more, as well as a striking sign by local artist and author Gina Olszowski.

When the United States entered World War II, the government encouraged citizens to grow Victory Gardens to help with the war effort. By the end of the war, fully 44 percent of the fresh vegetables grown in the United States were home grown in family Victory Gardens.

The Geneva History Center chose to create a Victory Garden in connection with its ongoing veterans’ exhibition. In addition, the Victory Garden serves as a reminder to citizens that locally grown food conserves scarce resources and provides a source for healthy, delicious and nutritious meals.

Those wishing to view the Geneva History Center’s Victory Garden may visit the History Center during normal business hours, Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. through the end of the growing season.

For more information, contact Geneva History Center Educator Margaret Selakovich at (630) 232-4951.