Welcome! The History Center is requiring 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.
Classroom Connections - New York State Archives - The New York State Archives Partnership Trust creates online exhibits highlighting documents from the New York State Archives. Focused on topics relevant to State history, these exhibits can be a valuable resource for educators. Classroom Connections provide ideas for bringing these documents into the classroom in ways that are relevant to the K-12 curriculum. Topics include: Erie Canal, Women's History, Black History, Industrialization of NYS, American Revolution, and more.
Local History Books - We are happy to offer classroom and educator discounts on a number of our local history titles covering a range of topics including: Cayuga Lake, Farmboy, Architectural History of Tompkins County, One Day in Ithaca, and other titles may be requested. Review our online bookshop and let us know what titles you're interested in. Copies of these books are available at no cost for schools, classrooms, learning organizations, and home educators.
HistoryForge - HistoryForge combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Ithaca, NY, creating a unique way to visualize the history of this community in the early 1900s. Explore these maps and data with your students!
Holocaust Education - The History Center has partnered with the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community and the Ithaca College Park Scholars to share Oral History of Holocaust Survivors Who Settled in Tompkins County. Educators are welcome to stream these classroom-ready videos with your students, and use the curricular resources to support learning on this subject.Holocaust Survivors Education Materials
History at Home - Our History at Home Activity Sets offer a variety of hands on activities that can be done at home or in a classroom to support other curricular objectives. There are crafting, written, memorization, and research activities.
Objects and Artifacts - We have an extensive archival collection of local history, and can help make these resources available for your classroom. Resources include photographs, maps, letters, scrapbooks, oral history interviews, city directories, and more.
Contact our Curator to learn more.
New York Heritage Digital Collections - New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. Each collection is free and available to the public featuring high quality digitized materials from our Thaler/Howell Archives.
The History Center collections on New York Heritage include: Historic Paintings Unwrapped, Historical Maps of Ithaca & Tompkins County, Oral Histories, Political Study Club of Ithaca Scrapbooks, Tompkins County Schoolhouse Photos, and the Verne Morton Photograph Collection.
Tompkins County Virtual Exhibits - Explore selections from previous exhibits curated by The History Center in Tompkins County, made available digitally, to support your learning and classroom work.
YouTube Playlists - The History Center YouTube Channel has curated playlists highlighting history presentations, individual research projects, archival footage, and news segments on local history. There are playlists for each hamlet and town in Tompkins County, and we'd love help adding to them! If your students create a research project highlighting an aspect of local history please share the link with us!
EDSITEment Teachers Guide - This 'Landmarks of American History and Culture Teacher’s Guide' provides information and resources for integrating creative approaches to place-based history in K-12 humanities education. As tangible reminders of the past, memorials and monuments, as well as neighborhoods, historic homes, waterways, and many other sites, have the power to influence how we interpret contemporary society.