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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.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & FEATURES

Lev Theremin: Sound, Science and Espionage

How could one of the most brilliant Russian experimental physicists simultaneously invent a revolutionary musical instrument that requires that you NOT touch it to make music, while spying on Western Europe and the United States for the new Soviet Russian government?

Cornell Cinema Film Series: A Celebration of the Moog Synthesizer

This series is presented in conjunction with The History Center in Tompkins County's exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer, taking place in downtown Ithaca through May 31, 2015.

Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County

The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County on Friday, September 5th at 5PM. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County.

Clash of Civilizations Book Group: Community Reading Project at The History Center

This year The History Center in Tompkins County is proud to join Cornell University Library and the Tompkins County Public Library as a partner in the 2014 Community Reading Project. This year's selection is "Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio", by Amara Lakhous, a novel that "concerns a small culturally mixed community living an apartment building in the center of Rome..."

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.

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS
Tompkins County Timeline

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

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

The History Center in Tompkins County has recently opened the highly anticipated exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

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

Theremin Lev Theremin: Sound, Science and Espionage
Come see and hear how Lev Theremin's invention shaped the musical and geo-political landscape of the early and mid-twentieth century.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 7PM
Place: at The History Center

Moog Movies Cornell Cinema Film Series: A Celebration of the Moog Synthesizer
The series includes three films. Prof. Charles Van Loan will introduce the first film of the series.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 7pm
Place: at The Willard Straight Theatre, Cornell University

eirie canal Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County
The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County.

Date & Time: September 6, 2014 through August 29, 2015
Place: Opening reception during FFGN: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8PM

book cover Clash of Civilizations Book Group: Community Reading Project at The History Center
This year The History Center in Tompkins County is proud to join Cornell University Library and the Tompkins County Public Library as a partner in the 2014 Community Reading Project.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8PM
Place: at The History Center

Moog Opening Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer exhibition
The History Center in Tompkins County has recently opened the highly anticipated exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

Date & Time: May 2014 through May 2015
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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