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The Board of Trustees of The History Center has announced the search for a new Executive Director as Rod Howe is stepping down.

Read the press release from Laurel Southard, President of the Board of Trustees here.

Download the Executive Director position description here and position summary here. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Docents for New Location

The History Center in Tompkins County is excited to be a part of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, a place like no other in upstate New York. The building will open in stages as the partners move in. You can learn about all the partners here.
The beautiful exhibition hall will be open for greater hours than the previous location, so The History Center is looking for volunteer docents to staff the desk, greet the public, and share knowledge with visitors.
The opportunity is flexible; docents can specialize in one topic or a particular exhibit, sit at the desk or give weekly presentations, volunteer only during the semester or summer if they live elsewhere for part of the year. 
To indicate your interest, please complete this online formFilling it out is not a commitment to volunteer, simply a way for us to measure the possibilities.
Serving as a docent is eligible for community service/service-learning hours, Federal Work-Study employment, and college internship credits.
Thanks for considering! We look forward to meeting new docents, docents greeting new visitors, and visitors seeing The History Center's new home.

Volunteers & Interns

The History Center is always looking for volunteers and interns to help us carry our mission forward. Internships are available for High School and College students in the areas of Education, Visitor Services, Research, Collections Management, Communications, Community Outreach, and Development. 
For more information, please contact the appropriate department. Note that as we move and unpack in our new space, staff may have a slow response time and/or not be presently able to take on new volunteers and interns. However, there will be many new opportunities there, so other staff may be in great need!

And consider volunteering in the new docent program, as noted above.

Julia Taylor, 607 273-8284 ext. 229 or

Research Library:
Donna Eschenbrenner, 607 273 8284 ext. 228 or

Rod Howe, 607 273 8284 ext. 222 or

Communications, Visitor Services, Community Outreach:
Lucy Walker, 607 273 8284 ext. 227 or



Schoolmarms Wanted: Become A Teacher at The Eight Square Schoolhouse

Take some local history, a landmark building, a flair for the dramatic and a roomful of kids – mix well and you will have an unforgettable trip to the past. The History Center is looking for teachers at our 1827 schoolhouse on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. In the spring and fall, area 4th grade and home school children spend a day immersed in rural one-room school education of over a century ago via our Living History program. If you are interested in becoming part of our unique teaching team, please contact Julia Taylor, 607 273-8284 ext. 229 or

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