Welcome! The History Center is requesting that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols to keep all our visitors safe. 


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Your tax-deductible gift helps in so many ways: creating new exhibits and displays, processing archival collections and making them available to the public, maintaining our wonderful new Exhibit Hall and Research Library, and allowing us to offer local history and educational programs at affordable prices to our community. Support The History Center with a recurring gift, or contribute to our annual fund. Donations are vital to our success in preservation, education, and connection to local history. 

Cash Donations are accepted in our Exhibit Hall and Research Library

Checks can be mailed to:

The History Center in Tompkins County c/o Dave Dier   

110 North Tioga Street                 204 Suite A                               Ithaca NY 14850


We accept financial donations by cash, check, and credit in any amount. 

The History Center in Tompkins County is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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Need more info, or interested in sponsoring an exhibit or program? Call 607-273-8284-ext 222 or email Ben Sandberg at

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The History Center in Tompkins County is a local history museum and our collections are focused on preserving the material culture of Tompkins County. We can accept donations based on the following criteria: 

  1. The material must be of local origin, or somehow connect to Tompkins County's past.
  2. It must be in good condition, and needs to be something that can be managed based on our space and organizational constraints.
  3. The material should not duplicate something that already exists in another local repository.
  4. All donation decisions are at the discretion of the archivist, curator, and Collections Committee.

If you're interested in donating physical items to our archival collections please contact

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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