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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

Moogtober

This October The History Center in Tompkins County, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will celebrate the halfway mark of their ongoing exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer with a month-long celebration of unique educational programs and performances.

DIY Electronic Synth Workshop

Due to May 2014's successful DIY Electronics Workshop, we are hosting a second workshop at The History Center in Tompkins County, as part of Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

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 Cihan.

Moogtober Kickoff Party

As part of First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center will kick off "Moogtober" with a very special performance by The Electric Golem and Scott Callan, in conjunction with live light painting by artist Stephen Schweitzer. This improvised performance will feature digital and analog synthesizers accompanied by Schweitzer's live light art installations.

Moog Modular Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Composer David Borden of Mother Mallard has generously offered to loan his c. 1967 Moog modular synthesizer to be exhibited as part of Switched-On. Borden's modular synthesizer was designed by Bob Moog and used by Bob as his demonstration synthesizer during his years in Tompkins County, until his departure for Buffalo in 1971.

Open House at the 8 Square School: Celebrating 200 Years of School History

Classes are about to begin for the fall semester at The History Center's historic One Room School House in Dryden. Bring your home school or private school students for a full day of immersion in our 1892 program, which conforms to New York State Social Studies standards.

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 region's 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

moogtober Moogtober
This October The History Center in Tompkins County, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will celebrate the halfway mark of their ongoing exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

Date & Time: Stay tuned...
Place: at The History Center

workshop DIY Electronic Synth Workshop
Due to May 2014's successful DIY Electronics Workshop, we are hosting a second workshop at The History Center in Tompkins County, as part of Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 12PM to 5PM
Place: at The History Center

moogtober kickoff Moogtober Kickoff Party
As part of First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center will kick off "Moogtober" with a very special performance by The Electric Golem and Scott Callan, in conjunction with live light painting by artist Stephen Schweitzer.

Date & Time: Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 5PM to 8PM
Place: at The History Center

moog Moog Modular Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Composer David Borden of Mother Mallard has generously offered to loan his c. 1967 Moog modular synthesizer to be exhibited as part of Switched-On.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 2nd at 6PM
Place: at The History Center

eight square Open House at the 8 Square School: Celebrating 200 Years of School History
Classes are about to begin for the fall semester at The History Center's historic One Room School House in Dryden. Bring your home school or private school students for a full day of immersion in our 1892 program.

Date & Time: September 20, 2014; 12PM to 4PM
September 27, 2014; 12PM to 4PM (RAIN DATE)
Place: at The Eight Square Schoolhouse

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

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