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EXHIBIT OPENING - A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field

  • Fri, February 02, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 N Tioga St Ithaca NY 14850

A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field

Join us for OPENING NIGHT of 'A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field'!


Join us for First Friday Gallery Night from 5-8pm to discover our new Tompkins history exhibit!

This event is open to the public. We are a mask-friendly space, and encourage visitors to pursue Health & Safety practices most comfortable for them.


‘A Sporting Chance: On and Off the Field’, to open on February 2nd 2024 at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture located on the Ithaca Commons. The History Center's new exhibit explores the stories of local athletes, teams, and the community that cheered them on. From league tournaments to pick-up games in the park, our community history of sports balls, paddles, and skates traverses water, ice, air, and land.

Sports and athleticism allow us to explore narratives of achievement and empowerment, even as they are complicated by stories of erasure and exclusivity. As we consider what it means to be an athlete in Tompkins County today, or two hundred years ago, we also get to celebrate the crowds that cheered, parents that drove our youngest athletes to early morning practices, and camaraderie and community both on the field and off. Join us for memories familiar and forgotten as we highlight the history of sports across Tompkins County.

HOURS - Beginning in February 2024 The History Center will now be open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm each week. Selected drop-in hours, without prior appointment, in the Research Library & Archives will begin in mid-February.


- Exhibit opens at 10am on Friday February 2nd

- 5-8pm - Gallery Night in Downtown Ithaca

- 6pm - Vociferous Cruciferous Chorus, and the "Curl Girls" will perform in The History Center atrium, with Miss Rutabaga 1973 available for pictures.

- 6:15pm Ithaca Mayor Rob Cantelmo will curl a celebratory rutabaga in the museum.

Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite Tompkins County sports memorabilia, International Rutabaga Curl inspired costume, or classic jerseys to opening night.

Food & drink provided by Beautifully Charcuterie and Ports of New York

Learn more at On display February-December 2024.

This event will occur in the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Nation (Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more at

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Territory


Exhibit HallWednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


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Phone: 607-273-8284


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