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.
The History Center in Tompkins County opened their new exhibit Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County on Friday, September 5th. The artifact-based exhibit explores the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County.
The History Center in Tompkins County is now showing the highly anticipated exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer. 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.
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...
A Laura Winter Falk Talk
Join us for a First Friday Gallery Night event with a tasty spin! Author Laura Winter Falk will explore the culinary history of the Finger Lakes region.
Date & Time: Friday, February 6th, 2015
5:30 to 6:15pm
6:30 to 7:15pm
The Stewart Park Merry-Go-Round
Join us for a conversation with Monte May who owned the Merry-Go-Round in Stewart Park from 1985 until 1998, and Annie Campbell who painted the horses in 1986.
Date & Time: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
2pm to 4pm
If Horses Were Wishes
During February, Christie Sobel will be painting four horses from the Stewart Park Merry-Go-Round at The History Center.
Date & Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
February 10th - February 28th, 2015
Coverlets: Uncovering a Part of History
Stop by the History Center on Thursdays between 12:30pm and 3:00pm to watch and talk with experienced textile experts Nancy Ostman and Kathy Carman as they document coverlets in The History Center's collection.
Date & Time: Thursdays 12:30pm to 3:00pm