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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.


Gems From Your Attic Sale

On Saturday, August 22nd from 11:30 to 4:30 PM The History Center in Tompkins County will be holding the event Gems From Your Attic Sale. Fifty historically significant artifacts (specifically donated for this event) will be on sale in order to help raise funds for The History Center.

Ten Square Miles

The History Center in Tompkins County is excited to host Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band for a performance of songs from their most recent album Ten Square Miles on Friday, September 4th, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Local History Matters: Early Treasures from the Collection

The material culture of history is as varied as the people who live in a community. Objects from cookware to coverlets, from paintings to petticoats all tell the story of the people who came before us. History museums collect many things that don't always seem obviously "historical." But these artifacts reflect the myriad aspects of everyday life and teach us about how our predecessors lived, how they worked, what they wore, and what kind of people they were.

Tompkins County Timeline

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

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...

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