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The History Center in Tompkins County is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Learn more in our 2020 GuideStar Transparency Profile

EIN: 15-6024061        RULING YEAR: 1972

Interested in sponsoring an exhibit or program? Call 607-273-8284 ext. 222 or email Ben Sandberg at


Award: $20,000

HNY Sharp Recovery Grant - Thaler/Howell Archives

Humanities New York (HNY) grant received under the SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) in unrestricted funds. 

Grant Period: 2021-2022

Award: $17,565

Finding Aid Project - Thaler/Howell Archives

Delmas Foundation awarded a total of $17,565 to The History Center in Tompkins County to support improving remote access to the museums valuable collections through the creation of Finding Aids.

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Grant Period: 2020-2022

Award: Grant award in technology and staff training and support

Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility

The History Center (THC) selected as one of 98 museum partners in New York State to participate the IMLS CARES Act grant project. THC is using this opportunity to expand access to our Oral Histories of Tompkins County collections, focusing on processing and including those interviews that represent marginalized and under-represented stories and voices from Tompkins County.

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Project Results:

- Oral History Collection Finding Aids, Stop and Listen to HERstory

- Creation of new oral history collections: Black Experience in Tompkins County, Indigenous Experience in Tompkins County, Asian Diaspora in Tompkins County, Women's Voices, Religion & Belief in Tompkins County, and Gender & Sexuality in Tompkins County.


Grant Period: 2019-2021 Extension granted

Award: $132,946

HistoryForge Project

The National Historical Public Records Commission, a branch of the National Archives and Records Administration, announced the award of a Public Engagement with Historic Records Grant in support of HistoryForge. HistoryForge is a dynamic web environment that combines digitized census records with historic map and building records. This grant will augment the platform with user-generated content, and integration of other archival materials into the platform. 

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HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grant

Humanities New York awards $10,000 in HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grant funds to THC. Funds used for ongoing archival work and developing new methods for engaging the public with archival materials. 

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Project Results:

Virtual youth programs: Ithaca Drag Story Hour, Music of Central NY w/ Dave Ruch

Grant Period: July 2020-June 2021

Award: $10,000

CARES - Youth Program Resiliency, and Community Archives & Exhibits

The National Endowment for the Humanities awards Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) grant to THC. Grant funds provide support for a selection of fall (2020) humanities programs, ongoing archival work, and the creation of supplemental digital content for the Exhibit Hall. 

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Project Results:

Grant Period: June 2020-December 2020 

Award: $79,814

Technology & Digitization Grant - HistoryForge Project

Award: $3,000

Grant Period: 2019-2020 - Completed August 2021

South Central Regional Library Council awarded a $3,000 Technology & Digitization Grant to The history Center in Tompkins County to digitize historical photographs, maps, and Ithaca City Directories from the History Center's collection in support of HistoryForge

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Project Results:

- Example building listing on HistoryForge: Southside Community Center 305 S. Plain St

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


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Phone: 607-273-8284


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