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Join The History Center's Traverse Tompkins Challenge on September 23rd - 27th.
Executive Director, Benjamin Sandberg is riding his bike for as many miles as possible in 24 hours. Throughout the challenge, he is exploring fires of Tompkins County and their unknown impact on our community today.
Walk, bike, or roll your way to your own 24-hour challenge, or leisurely explore Tompkins County through our Finding Fires tours on PocketSights.
WHEN: September 23rd - 27th 2021
If you are taking part in the 24-hour challenge, pick any 24-hour period during the event window. You can plan your exploration around rain, wind, and any other environmental obstacle. Be sure to let us know when you're riding by tagging us @TompkinsHistory on any platform - we'd love to share with our local history community!
WHERE: All of Tompkins County
For more information about how to sign up, explore charity.pledgeit.org/FindingFires
There are two easy ways to participate! The easiest way is to explore fires of Tompkins County. There's no cost to use a tour, but we hope to see people explore. Look for our signs with the Finding Fires logo at some of the sites around the county and tag us in a photograph on social media at @TompkinsHistory #FindingFires.
If you are up to the challenge, join our Executive Director to amplify the impact for The History Center in Tompkins County. Anyone who participates - no matter the miles! - in the challenge through our campaign site will receive this year's T-Shirt featuring the Finding Fires logo.
We've built some suggested loops to explore, but are looking forward to seeing how you connect the stops. The tours are free through our partners at PocketSights, and you can find further route details through the saved Strava Routes.
Tompkins County Trail (117 mi) - explore this point of interest tour! The free form tour provides addresses for each fire, but its up to you to build your own route to bike, run, or roll! (Tompkins County Strava Trail)
Traverse Tompkins started in the fall of 2020 as a unique fundraiser to support The History Center in Tompkins County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Director Benjamin Sandberg biked all around the county, live streaming videos exploring historical points of interest in each municipality. His challenge was to ride as many miles as possible in a single 24-hour period. Despite high winds and a flat tire, he was able to ride a total of 175.1 miles. Almost 100 individuals made pledges of 10¢, 25¢, and $1.00, and raised over $7,000 for The History Center in a time of incredible need and uncertainty.
The community feedback to the inaugural ride was overwhelming. Folks asked how they might participate in future rides, or reached out with suggestions about thematic focuses for future rides. And so, the concept of Traverse Tompkins was born - a way to inspire folks to explore Tompkins County by bike, by foot, or by car! We invite everyone to participate this year - whether it looks like exploring the historic fire sites, pledging to support someone else's challenge, or signing up on your own. Regardless of how you participate, we hope you find a moment to Traverse Tompkins!
We're guiding this year's outdoor exploration of Tompkins County through historic fires that have impacted all corners of Tompkins County. At the beginning of September, we're releasing our interactive Finding Fires historic map, charting fires of all shapes and kinds. Whether you stop at the site of the A&P fire rumored to be retaliation by the Mob on the present day Commons, or trek over to Trumansburg to learn about the master craftsmen who doubled as the Podunk Arsonist, our fires of interest are a great way to learn more about Tompkins County.
To find out more explore: charity.pledgeit.org/FindingFires
Find Your Fire on Suggested Trails
To sign up, or for more information, check out our campaign page on PledgeIt: FINDING FIRES
Donate to Support the Traverse Tompkins fundraiser!
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.
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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 email@example.com