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Thank you to everyone for keeping LOCAL HISTORY GORGES! The History Center raised a total of $7,440 in online and offline  donations during June 2022. We raised the third most out of 80 participating organizations, and had the third most donors

Three donors won VIP Archives Experiences for: The Roaring 20's, Ithaca's Ball Machines, and American Autographs. 

Your support of The History Center for "Giving is Gorges" preserves our history, both and present, for future generations of Tompkins County.

Thank you to United Way of Tompkins County for supporting Giving is Gorges 2022. 

2022 VIP Archives Experiences

The Roaring '20's (1920's that is)

The Roaring 20s – The 1920’s has a mystical hold over the public’s consciousness. Its full of bigger than life characters, and tall tales of prohibition. Your journey through our archives explores the tension between “Baptists and Bootleggers” right here in Ithaca. From axes to photographs, step back in time with an art deco flair!

Ithaca's Ball Machines

Ithaca’s Ball Machines – How does The History Center build collections for the next generation? Find out on this VIP experience as we introduce you to the creative and playful work of Ithacan artist, George Rhoads. Incredibly generous donors have ensured that his work belongs to future generations here in Tompkins County. See the first pieces of a growing collection in action, and share the wonder and joy that inspires audiences across the world.

American Autographs

American Autographs – Rarely displayed, but universally known, The History Center’s autograph collection features notable American figures like General George Washington, fame orator Booker T. Washington, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Get up close and personal with these historical giants, and more!

The History Center wants to express our appreciation that Giving is Gorges 2022 is powered by the United Way of Tompkins County


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. Donations are vital to our success in preservation, education, and connection to local history. 

You can donate securely online through our payment processor Bloomerang below!

Cash Donations are accepted in our Exhibit Hall and Research Library

Checks can be mailed to:

The History Center in Tompkins County c/o Ben Sandberg  

110 North Tioga Street                 204 Suite A                               Ithaca NY 14850

Please note "Giving is Gorges" in the memo line. 

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.

Learn more in our 2020 GuideStar Transparency Profile

EIN: 15-6024061        RULING YEAR: 1972

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


WOW! What a year! The History Center raised a total of $10,271 in online and offline donations between June 16th-30th. We secured the coveted spot of 5th most raised out of 91 participating organizations,  and received the Rise & Shine Power Hour Prize, and the Most Unique Donors for a Large Organization Prize.

Our curated private VIP tours: Bountiful Botanicals, Sign Up with the Famous, and True Crime Double Feature offered as a perk of donating during Giving is Gorges were a big hit! Over 200 people tuned in for the winner raffle drawing on @TompkinsHistory Facebook Live and the lucky winners have each scheduled their private up close and personal visits with their chosen collection.


2020 was an exciting year for us! The History Center raised over $7,000 and thanks to some timely donations from our supporters we received the First Donor, Final Stretch, and Greatest Leap prizes for our fundraising efforts.  

We raised the fifth most funds out of 85 participating non-profits in Tompkins County. 


Enjoy a trip down memory lane with the Moog Music Hour virtual program from 2020, with special guest professor Bob Reed sharing the magic and music of the Moog Synthesizer originally developed in Trumansburg New York. 

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 & 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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