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Exhibitions

We have several permanent exhibit installations:

Check out our children’s hands-on space Life in the 1890s. Put on period clothing, sit at Eightsquare School House desks and write on old slates, use an antique cash register. Learn about life in the late 19th century through play.

Familiar Faces is a wonderful collection of photographs of interesting people. Find Ithaca’s first African American policeman and Hungarian immigrants; a notorious murderer and Ezra Cornell; and many more, all offering a diverse look at the people who came before us in Tompkins County.

Our StoryA Timeline of Tompkins County History tells the story of the county from geological times to the 21st century in words and images.

Our Community celebrates the organizations and institutions that show the diversity of Tompkins County people at work and play, and in service to each other.

 

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The History Center has a variety of permanent and rotating exhibitions.
We have several permanent exhibit installations:

Check out our children’s hands-on space Life in the 1890s. Put on period clothing, sit at Eightsquare School House desks and write on old slates, use an antique cash register. Learn about life in the late 19th century through play.

Familiar Faces is a wonderful collection of photographs of interesting people. Find Ithaca’s first African American policeman and Hungarian immigrants; a notorious murderer and Ezra Cornell; and many more, all offering a diverse look at the people who came before us in Tompkins County.

Our Story – A Timeline of Tompkins County History tells the story of the county from geological times to the 21st century in words and images. Click here to view "Our Story", a permanent exhibition highlighting a timeline of Tompkins County.

Our Community celebrates the organizations and institutions that show the diversity of Tompkins County people at work and play, and in service to each other.

Below you will find a sampling of past rotating exhibitions.

 

 

Made in Tompkins County: A Timeline of Local Enterprise:

October 7th, 2016 to February 18th, 2017

Tompkins County is well known for its educational institutions. What is less known is its rich industrial history. From its earliest days it has been the home of inventors and entrepreneurs - people who laid the commercial foundation of a prosperous community. From grist mills to high tech, local enterprise has encompassed world renowned guns, iron bridges, calendar clocks, steam engines, drive chains, and much more. This broad survey takes a look at the long sweep of enterprise in Tompkins County, from its earliest days to the 21st century.

The History Center would like to thank our sponsor for their generous support.
 

Research for exhibits at The History Center lets us dig deeply into our collections for information that will be interesting, educational, and entertaining. Click here to learn more about the resources used for this exhibition.

Early American Decorative Arts:

August 25th, 2016 to September 24th, 2017

The Central New York chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration is proud to display original pieces of tin, glass and wood alongside reproductions done by our members. We will have country tin, stenciling, free hand bronze, gold leaf, reverse glass painting, theorems, school girl art, pen work and more, all art work that was part of the 1800-1850 American home.

Come Play With Us: Early Toys from the Collection

April 1st, 2016 to August 20th, 2016

Play is as natural to us as breathing. We begin playing with our first sight of a smiling face and wiggling fingers, and keep at it long after we are old enough to become parents and grandparents ourselves. Toys and games enhance our play, making it richer and more complex. This interactive exhibit features some of the many toys and games from The History Center’s collections. Modern examples meant for hands-on exploration will accompany the artifacts we are featuring.  Photographs from the Sol Goldberg Collection will be on display as well, highlighting his whimsical portrayal of local people in their playful moments. This exhibit examines the way play has changed
- and stayed the same - over the years. It is a celebration of play and childhood, for the child in all of us.

Click here to check out an article published by The Ithaca Journal on this exhibiton!

Our friends and colleagues at the Tompkins County Public Library have made a wonderful book list in conjunction with this exhibition. Click here to check it out!

 

We would like to thank Alphabet Soup for their financial contribution towards the creation of this exhibition.

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