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. 


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!

HistoryForge Database

Holocaust Education - The History Center has partnered with the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community and the Ithaca College Park Scholars to share Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors who live in our local community. Educators are welcome to stream these classroom-ready videos with your students, and use the curricular resources to support learning on this subject.

Holocaust 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. 

History at Home

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. 

Virtual Exhibits - Explore selections from previous exhibits, made available digitally, to support your learning and classroom work. 

Virtual Exhibits

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!

History Center YouTube Channel

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA


Exhibit Hall -  Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm / Sunday - 10am-3pm - CLOSED M-W

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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