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Welcome! The History Center in Tompkins County helps you use the tools of history to understand your past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping your future.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & FEATURES

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

The History Center in Tompkins County will open the highly anticipated exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer on Friday, May 2nd. Telling the story of Bob Moog and the development of the groundbreaking electronic instruments bearing his name, Switched-On will provide museum-goers an interactive, engaging opportunity to learn about this important chapter of our regionís history.

DIY Synthesizer Program

Following on from last year's successful DIY Electronics Workshop, we are hosting a second workshop at The History Center in Tompkins County, as part of the upcoming exhibit Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer (opens Friday, May 2nd). The highly anticipated exhibition will explore the creative genius of synthesizer legend and former Trumansburg resident Robert Moog.

Life in the 1890's

The History Center will inaugurate its new permanent interactive exhibition for kids Life in the 1890's on September 7th, 2012, 5 to 8pm, as part of the First Friday Gallery Nights.

Ledgers, receipts and images from The History Center's archival collections, a large-scale replica of the Eight Square Schoolhouse, and a 19th-century country store and sales counter transport children (and adults) to daily life in the 1890's...

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
The Map Room

Visit our gallery and admire original historic maps that recount the evolution of Tompkins County and Ithaca's territorial zonings from 1853 to present day.

Tompkins County Timeline

Retrace our local history from geological times to the present day through a permanent photo exhibit in our entry hallway.

Open Storage

The "big shelf" situated in our main gallery shows an eclectic selection of curiosities from our main collection. Come and look at objects that people in Tompkins County used in their daily lives, from an old-fashion bicycle to a chamber pot....

Life in the 1890's

Explore an interactive exhibit about people's daily life in the 1890's, with a 19th-century country store, an authentic cash register and a large-scale replica of the Eight Square Schoolhouse...

EVENTS

DIY synthesizer DIY Synthesizer Program
We plan a short introduction to DIY Electronics from Moog expert Professor Trevor Pinch, followed by a workshop where participants will learn to make simple electronic music instruments with Taylan Chihan.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 12th; 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Place: The History Center

Moog Opening Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer Exhibition Opening
The History Center in Tompkins County will open the highly anticipated exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer on Friday, May 2nd.

Date & Time: Friday, May 2nd; 5:00-8:00 P.M.
Place: The History Center

propaganda Behind the Lens
In the early 1900s radio, print, and film were the media used to propagandize war, political agenda, health initiatives, and religion.

Date & Time: Opens November 8th;
Place: Tompkins County Public Library (Green Street)

Book Fall Book Group
For the final installment of this compelling fall book group focusing on women during the Civil War, we will discuss Tera W. Hunter's To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 21st; 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: The History Center

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NYSCA