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MASK ANNOUNCEMENT

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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

    • Sat, December 19, 2020
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Sat, December 18, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • 25 sessions
    • Online


    Help build the HistoryForge database! We offer transcription sessions with in-person and virtual options.

    Please complete the Volunteer Application here: https://forms.gle/HQ3LKQX8QPc76MnA9 for access to the Zoom conference link. To help with our behind the scenes processing of volunteer materials, please complete the volunteer form at least 4 days before the session.

    HistoryForge is a digital mapping and transcription project from The History Center in Tompkins County. We need help digitizing information from the 1940 Ithaca census to add to our HistoryForge database! Volunteers will read through the handwritten census notes from 1940, re-type/and or scan information about individuals, buildings, and businesses from that time period.

    YOU WILL NEED: A laptop or desktop computer, stable internet connection

    HistoryForge is a digital history project from The History Center in Tompkins County which combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Ithaca, creating a way to visualize the history of Ithaca in the early 1900s. Learn more about the project here: thehistorycenter.net/historyforge and the start of our database creation here: www.historyforge.net

    Not available Saturdays but interested? Contact Eve at HistoryForge@thehistorycenter.net

    HistoryForge is made possible by generous support from the  National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

    • Sat, August 07, 2021
    • (UTC-02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 North Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850
    • 14
    Register

    All ages (yes kids AND adults!) are invited to learn about historic women from Tompkins County and make prints putting #TompkinsWomen on stylized dollar bills pages! Laura Rowley of Illuminated Press will assist with creating prints and postcards with laser cut blocks using images from the The History Center in Tompkins County archives.

    All participants will leave with three high quality greeting cards made with local printer and book artist Laura Rowley of Illuminated Press, locally made Combat Paper by local artist Nate Lewis will be available and other colored paper materials. Participants may also make and take home as many practice prints on scrap paper as they would like. Scrap paper will be provided, but participants may also bring items from home if they'd like to test how they print! 

    This program is offered as part of the Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods exhibit on display at The History Center in Tompkins County from July 2021-February 2022.

    WHEN: Saturday August 7th - Session 1 is from 10am-12pm, Session 2 is from 1pm-3pm

    WHERE: CAP ArtSpace in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

    PRESENTERS: Z Van Nostrand (The History Center), Laura Rowley (Illuminated Press)

    This FREE program is open to all ages. Participants must pre-register. Registration is limited to 15 participants per session and all participants (regardless of age) must wear masks for the entire program so this program is accessible for those unable to be vaccinated. All materials will be sanitized between sessions. 

    If you have registered but become unable to attend, please contact community@thehistorycenter.net so we can offer your space to others on the waitlist. 

    • Sat, August 21, 2021
    • (UTC-02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 North Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850
    • 9
    Register

    All ages are invited to make their own Sweetgrass and Black Ash Splint Star with Seneca artist Penny Minner. Learn about these native plants and their significance in traditional Haudenosaunee crafts. Materials were sustainably harvested in the region.

    WHEN: Saturday August 21st - Session 1 is from 10am-12pm, Session 2 is from 1pm-3pm

    WHERE: CAP ArtSpace in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

    PRESENTERS: Penny Minner (Seneca), Z Van Nostrand (The History Center)

    This FREE program is open to all ages. Participants must pre-register. Registration is limited to 15 participants per session and all participants (regardless of age) must wear masks for the entire program so this program is accessible for those unable to be vaccinated. All materials will be sanitized between sessions. 

    If you have registered but become unable to attend, please contact community@thehistorycenter.net so we can offer your space to others on the waitlist. 

    • Fri, September 03, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC-02:00)
    • The History Center Exhibit Hall - 110 North Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850


    Join The History Center in Tompkins County on First Friday Gallery Night for a unique oral history experience of women's voices in Tompkins County. The Women's Voices in Tompkins County Oral History Collection includes over 60 interviews from #TompkinsWomen speaking about their lived experiences in the community. Clips from more than 30 of these interviews showcasing the diversity of women's lives and and experiences have been selected. Visitors will be able to scan QR codes placed throughout the Exhibit Hall and hear these #TompkinsWomen discuss their lives in their own voice. 

    Visitors are encouraged to bring their own headphones and listen on their personal smart devices, a limited number of other listening options will be available at the front desk.

    The physical aspect of the exhibit will be up for one week (9/3-9/10) and will be available through a SoundCloud live stream playlist following the exhibit. 

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    This exhibit is part of the Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods exhibit series and is sponsored in part by Chloe Capital. Processing of the Oral Histories of Tompkins County and creation of the Women's Voices in Tompkins County Oral History Collection was made possible through a two year grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the Museum Association of New York

    • Sat, September 18, 2021
    • (UTC-02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 North Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850
    • 13
    Register

    All ages (yes kids AND adults!) are invited to make their own traditional Corn Husk Dolls with Seneca artist Penny Minner, and to hear the Haudenosaunee story behind why Corn Husk dolls have no face.

    WHEN: Saturday September 18th - Session 1 is from 10am-12pm, Session 2 is from 1pm-3pm

    WHERE: CAP ArtSpace in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

    PRESENTERS: Penny Minner (Seneca), Z Van Nostrand (The History Center)

    This FREE program is open to all ages. Participants must pre-register. Registration is limited to 15 participants per session and all participants (regardless of age) must wear masks for the entire program so this program is accessible for those unable to be vaccinated. All materials will be sanitized between sessions. 

    If you have registered but become unable to attend, please contact community@thehistorycenter.net so we can offer your space to others on the waitlist. 

Past Events

Wed, July 28, 2021 Connie Cook: A Documentary - Screening & Panel
Fri, July 02, 2021 Breaking Barriers - Exhibit OPENING
Wed, June 23, 2021 Giving is Gorges - Virtual Fundraiser
Sun, June 13, 2021 EXHIBIT HALL IS CLOSED FOR NEW EXHIBIT INSTALLATION
Wed, April 14, 2021 There's Your Ready Girl - Screening & Discussion
Wed, February 24, 2021 Teach with the History Center (Virtual)
Sat, February 20, 2021 Tommy Plane Postcard Printing - Youth Program
Wed, February 17, 2021 Teachers Learn to Fly with Tommy! (Virtual)
Fri, February 12, 2021 Ithaca Loves Teachers
Thu, December 24, 2020 Ithaca Drag Story Hour - A Christmas Reading of 'The Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat'
Mon, December 21, 2020 Closed to the Public - Holidays
Sat, December 19, 2020 Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat - Film Screening
Sat, December 12, 2020 Learning to Fly with Tommy - Episode 5 Premiere!
Sat, December 05, 2020 Learning to Fly with Tommy - Episode 3 Premiere!
Sat, December 05, 2020 Learning to Fly with Tommy - Episode 4 Premiere!
Mon, November 30, 2020 Closed to the Public
Thu, November 26, 2020 CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
Mon, November 23, 2020 Closed to the Public
Sat, November 21, 2020 Learn to Fly with Tommy - Episode 2 Premiere!
Sat, November 14, 2020 Music of Central NY w/ Dave Ruch - Youth Program
Sun, October 25, 2020 Cemetery Scavenger Hunt - Youth Program
Sat, October 17, 2020 Make Your Own Comic - Youth Program
Fri, October 16, 2020 Haunted History Tours
Thu, October 01, 2020 New York City’s Hart Island: A Cemetery of Strangers (Virtual Program)
Sun, September 27, 2020 Corn Husk Dolls - Youth Program
Mon, September 07, 2020 24-Hours of Biking to the Support The History Center - FUNDRAISER
Sun, August 23, 2020 Print-A-Kitty Youth Program
Thu, August 13, 2020 Exhibit Hall Re-Opens
Sat, August 08, 2020 Virtual Unveiling of Alex Haley Historic Marker

**Can't seem to find the event you're looking for? Sharing a building with 12 other wonderful organizations can be confusing when navigating calendars; it might be that the event you're looking for is hosted by another organization but not The History Center. Explore the Tompkins Center for History & Culture page for links to go directly to our building partners websites.

Tours on local architecture are likely hosted by our friends at Historic Ithaca; you can register and pay for their tours directly through their website

UPCOMING EVENT SPOTLIGHT



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110 North Tioga Street

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Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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