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

Learn more in our 2021 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 director@thehistorycenter.net

ONGOING PROJECT SPECIFIC GRANTS & INITIATIVES


Grant Period: April 2022-April 2023

Award: $29,582

AHA-NEH SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) Grants to Sustain & Advance the Work of Historical Organizations

Preserving Community Oral Histories

The History Center in Tompkins County will use the awarded funds to advance the preservation of the Oral Histories of Tompkins County collections. The work to update transcripts, technology formats, and finding aids will drastically improve their accessibility and use. The project underlines our commitment as stewards of our local history for the community. The History Center was one of fifty institutions from across the USA awarded funds to 'Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations.'

This grant is administered by the American Historical Association with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities SHARP relief funds for institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Grant Period: July 2021-June 2022

Award: $10,000

NYSCA Recovery Fund Round Three

The NYSCA Recovery Funds will be used to support the research and exhibit curation of reCOUNT: Facing our Census. A museum wide exhibit set to open on April 1st 2022 exploring the narratives and histories captured by the census in Tompkins County across the decades.

Press Release 

Grant Period: 2021-2022

Award: $36,000

IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants 

These funds will be used in tandem with the $20,000 SHARP Recovery Grant from Humanities New York to support specific collaborations with the Southside Community Center, Latino Civic Association, and Ithaca Asian American Association to make our collections more representative of the full histories of Tompkins County. These funds will sponsor collaborative efforts to assess the representation of Black, Latinx/e/o/a, and Asian communities within our paper and photograph archives, and our three dimensional object and textile collections. Additionally we will collaborate with each partner organization in creating public outreach strategies to address significant gaps in its historical record of Tompkins County. 

Grant period: 2021-2022

Award: $20,000

HNY SHARP Recovery Grant 

These funds will be used in tandem with the $36,000 American Rescue Plan grant funds from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support specific collaborations with the Southside Community Center, Latino Civic Association, and Ithaca Asian American Association to make our collections more representative of the full histories of Tompkins County. These funds will sponsor collaborative efforts to assess the representation of Black, Latinx/e/o/a, and Asian communities within our paper and photograph archives, and our three dimensional object and textile collections. Additionally we will collaborate with each partner organization in creating public outreach strategies to address significant gaps in its historical record of Tompkins County. 

Press Release

Grant Period: 2020- September 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.

Press Release

Project Results:

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

- 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.

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RECENTLY COMPLETED GRANTS

Finding Aid Project - History Center 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.

Press Release

Project Results:

- See thehistorycenter.net/Finding-Aids

Grant Period: 2021- March 2022

Award: $17,565

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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Project Examples: Completion of 1940 census transcription for City of Ithaca

               




Grant Period: 2019-2020 *Extension granted for 2021

Award: $132,946

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. 

Press Release

Project Examples:

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. 

Press Release   

Project Results:

Grant Period: June 2020-December 2020 

Award: $79,814

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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Hours

Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact archives@thehistorycenter.net

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Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to community@thehistorycenter.net

Phone: 607-273-8284

Web: thehistorycenter.net

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