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HISTORY AT HOME
You can learn about Tompkins County history from home! These fun activities can be enjoyed by all ages (feel free to modify for your needs) and we welcome educators to use these activities in their classrooms and home learning spaces. Some activities may require adult supervision (ie. use of sewing needles, internet research etc.).
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Click on each image below to download the full activity set.
Self-guided field trip activity set that can be completed at any cemetery in Tompkins County. Includes pre and post-visit reflection questions, a vocabulary guide, 3-page Cemetery Scavenger Hunt, and a short history of local cemeteries.
THE ITHACA KITTY
Six crafting and storytelling activities inspired by the world-famous Arnold Tabby toy, affectionately known locally as the Ithaca Kitty, invented in Ithaca in the 1890's.
The Black Consciousness Curriculum was designed by the Black Girl Alchemists program at Southside Community Center in collaboration with local artist Maryam Adib (@Smarf.Art). The coloring sheets and associated text highlight notable Black Americans who had ties to Tompkins County.
Our Voice Our Vote is a collection of biographies of voting vanguards. Individuals who fought for the right to vote in America. Click on the images below to download 2 page PDF files written by local third graders about two voting vanguards, Dorothy Cotton, and Frederick Douglass who lived and educated others in Tompkins County. The full book can be purchased from Buffalo Street Books here.