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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.).
Please contact community@thehistorycenter.net with any questions. 

Click on each image below to download the full booklets, scroll to the bottom of the page to download invdividual pages. 

ALL ABOUT TOMMY

Five at home crafting, research, and storytelling opportunities inspired by the Thomas Morse Scout plane in our Exhibit Hall originally built in Ithaca in 1918.

SPANISH EDITION

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Thomas Morse S4-B Scout a.k.a. 'The Tommy Plane'".

GROUP OF SIX HAUDENOSAUNEE COLORING & ACTIVITY BOOK

The Group of Six Coloring & Activity Book (2021 edition) was completed  by the grassroots Go6 group of six youth artists from Six Nations, Grand River Territory, and includes 68 pages of coloring sheets and activities exploring Haudenosaunee culture and history with a focus on the Cayuga and Mohawk Nations.

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Group of Six Coloring & Activity Book"

Our Voice Our Vote

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.

A link/image to a downloadable activity about Dorothy Cotton    A link/image to a downloadable activity about Frederick Douglass.

BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS CURRICULUM

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. 

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Black Consciousness Curriculum Historical Black Figures in Tompkins County"

HAUDENOSAUNEE GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators"

HOME HISTORY SCAVENGER HUNT

Search for 10 local facts and history items from your own home!   Completed Scavenger Hunts can be emailed to community@thehistorycenter.net to claim a free local history book!


A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Home History Scavenger Hunt"

CEMETERY SCAVENGER HUNT

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. 

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Cemeteries of Tompkins County History at Home Activity Set"

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.

SPANISH EDITION

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "The Ithaca Kitty"

TOMPKINS COUNTY

COLORING BOOK

Eleven coloring sheets of local sites, inventions and more from Tompkins County. Artwork by Cassie Jenis, Cindy Kjellander-Cantu, and Steve Siegert.

A link/image to a downloadable activity called "Tompkins County Coloring Book!"

 INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY PAGES 

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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

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