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Welcome! The History Center is requiring that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols

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PRESS RELEASES

2021

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation awards critical support for increased access to community archives - September 1st 2021

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. Finding aids provide detailed scope and content descriptions to assist researchers with our collections. The project includes creating Finding Aids for a number of important collections that span local industries (Groton Iron Bridge Company Collection and the Ithaca Small Business Collection), arts and culture (the Strand Theater collection and the Performing Arts collection), civic and political collections (the Public Health collection and the Tompkins County Agriculture collection), and military histories of Tompkins County (Civil War collection and World War 1 collection)

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Deadline Extended on Call for Essays Reflecting Upon 2020 - August 2021 - Tompkins County Historical Commission New York

Pandemic, with lockdown, school closures, social distancing, isolation. A tense presidential campaign and  election, leading to controversy, discord, information wars, insurrection. Social protest and intense self examination on a national scale. Hurricanes, wildfires, natural disasters. Public and personal drama. The deadline for this call has been extended until  September 30, 2021.

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The History Center in Tompkins County Announces New Exhibit: 'Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods' - May 24th 2021

The  History Center in Tompkins County (THC) is excited to announce its new exhibit "Breaking Barriers: Women's Lives & Livelihoods" will open July 2nd 2021. This exhibit has multiple components: a temporary (July 2021-February 2022) physical display of six interactive exhibits at The History Center Exhibit Hall on the Ithaca Commons, selected virtual exhibits available atthehistorycenter.net/virtual-exhibits, and public access to selected interviews from the Women's Voices in Tompkins County: Oral History Collection.

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The History Center in Tompkins County Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families - Museums for All to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources - May 14th 2021

The History Center in Tompkins County has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting The History Center with free admission.

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The History Center in Tompkins County receives Award of 2021 Arts & Culture Organization Development Grant from the Tompkins Tourism Program. Read More - March 2nd 2021 

2020

2020

The History Center in Tompkins County Selected as a Museum Association of New York Museum Partner for Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is thrilled to announce that 98 museums from across New York State have been selected to participate in “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility”, an IMLS CARES Act grant project designed to help museums impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic share their collections and reach audiences who cannot physically visit their museums.

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The Alex Haley Memorial Project and The History Center in Tompkins County unveil historic signage celebrating Alex Haley on August 8th, 11 am.

ITHACA, NY. July 20th, 2020 – The Alex Haley Memorial Project, in collaboration with The History Center in Tompkins County, will live stream a ceremony to honor Ithaca-born Alex Haley on August 8th, at 11am.

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Humanities New York awards HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grant to The History Center in Tompkins County.

ITHACA, NY. June 30th, 2020 - The History Center in Tompkins County was awarded a Humanities New York (HNY) relief grant in response to the ongoing public health and economic crisis. This support from New York State is critical for The History Center as they navigate the ongoing public health and economic crisis. The successful application for the year July 2020 – June 2021 designates funds for ongoing archival work and developing new methods for engaging the public with archival materials. The total award of $10,000 is designated primarily for staff expenses, occupancy, and programmatic costs.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities awards Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) grant to The History Center in Tompkins County.

ITHACA, NY. June 30th, 2020 - The History Center in Tompkins County was awarded a COVID-19 relief grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities last week. The federal support is critical for The History Center as they navigate the ongoing public health and economic crisis. The successful Youth Program Resiliency, and Community Archives and Exhibits application provides support for a selection of fall humanities programs, ongoing archival work, and the creation of supplemental digital content for the exhibit hall. The total award of $79,814 is designated primarily for staff expenses, occupancy, and programmatic costs.

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2019

New Opening of The Tompkins Center for History and Culture

 [Ithaca, NY]—05/13/2019—Tessellate Studio, a business specializing in innovative architectural, exhibit, and experiential design, is excited to announce the new opening of The Tompkins Center for History and Culture this past weekend in Ithaca, NY. It will be the first of its kind in providing in-depth cultural knowledge of Tompkins County’s heritage and impact on the world.

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The History Center in Tompkins County Awarded Prestigious Grant from the National Archives

The National Historical Public Records Commission, a brank of the National Archives & Records Administration, announced the award of a Public Engagement with Historic Records Grant of $132,946 to The History Center in Tompkins County in Support of HistoryForge, a dynamic way to explore local history using census records and historic maps. 

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2018

The History Center in Tompkins County Receives $3000 Technology & Digitization Grant

South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded a $3000 Technology and 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. The HistoryForge project combines transcribed census data and historical maps to create a new way to explore the history of the city of Ithaca online. The photographs, maps, and directories digitized as part of this grant award will be used to enhance the HistoryForge website. The digitized items will also be made available online in New York Heritage Digital Collections (nyheritage.org). SCRLC’s Technology and Digitization Grants are funded as part of the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program.

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2017

The History Center in Tompkins County Receives $3000 Women's Suffrage Grant

Grant received from the City Federation of Women's Organizations to digitize scrapbooks from Ithaca's Political Study Club. The scrapbooks, dated between the years of 1899 and 1917, detail assorted items such as organizational histories and meeting minutes, as well as newspaper clippings and photographs. 

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