The History Center in Tompkins County is committed to engaging the public with the tools of history for discovery and to deepen connections among the generations. One of our key assets is maps. We are starting a new initiative called HistoryForge that will result in a working prototype of a dynamic, interactive web-based interface to Ithaca and Tompkins County history using historic maps as portals to exploring local history.
Our plan is to work with the community to create an information base from historical maps and from United States and New York State censuses, Ithaca city directories and other sources. Users will include secondary school students, college students, community users, amateur historians and more advanced researchers.
Particularly exciting will be the ability to trace individuals and buildings across time, from 1900 to 1920.
Check out our first interactive map - Tompkins County Cemeteries!
Map created and provided by Bob Kibbee History Center Trustee