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2021 Smith History Tours

Thursday, May 27 at 10am
Smith Opera House
History tours are back! 10am on Thursday’s, starting May 27th. All interested participants need to register below.

About Smith History Tours

While the historic Smith Opera House is a venue where fascinating stories unfold via film and the performing arts, the building itself has its own compelling stories that have shaped the people and culture of Geneva and the Finger Lakes region since 1894.  We invite the public to experience a bit of Smith lore and enjoy its unique architecture and décor via a tour of the theater.
The history shared in these tours springs from a research project led by Dr. Chris Woodworth, associate professor of theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her 2018 summer research assistants, Austin Jennings and Margaret (Gretty) Hollister. 
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our tours will be limited to 12 persons per tour. Pre-registration is required for all tour participants.
Smith Opera House interior view of stage from balconyTour participants should meet at the front of the theater at 82 Seneca St., Geneva. The tours will last approximately one hour. Please note that the tour may include visiting the theater’s balcony, which is not wheelchair-accessible.
While the tours are free, donations are gladly accepted.

Register for the Smith History Tour:


Thursday May, 27 at 10am


Thursday June, 3 at 10am

Thursday June, 10 at 10am

Thursday June, 17 at 10am

Thursday June, 24 at 10am


Thursday July, 1 at 10am

Thursday July, 8 at 10am

Thursday July, 15 at 10am

Thursday July, 22 at 10am

Thursday July, 29 at 10am


Please note: By registering for this event you, and all other ticket holders in your party, agree to abide by The Smith Opera House’s COVID-19 policies. These policies include, but are not limited to: receiving a symptom check upon arrival at the venue, wearing a face covering while at the venue, maintaining 6 feet physical distance between myself and other patrons, abiding by all signage posted at the venue, and not entering the venue if you, or any member of your party, is feeling ill or has been in close contact with anyone with a known case of COVID-19.

For more information regarding The Smith’s COVID-19 policies, please visit our updates page.