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Youth Education

The History Center’s Education Department is committed to making history “real” and meaningful by underscoring how past events shape present realities. While the focus of our programs is the history of Tompkins County, we strive to tie local developments to the nation’s history. To this end, our programs are student-centered, use primary sources and original artifacts where appropriate, and seek to strengthen the general public’s knowledge of the issues which define our times, as well as fostering an appreciation for the past.

Primary Programs are designed for second through fifth grades.  The Eight Square Schoolhouse Living History program is designed for fourth grades and home school groups. Generation to Generation: Collecting and Sharing Stories is designed for middle and high school students.  Loan Kits are designed for multiple ages, including middle and high school classes.

Youth & Family Programs

Join us for our new series of youth & family programs, "From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles," in partnership with members of the Haudenosaunee community. Each month will explore a different aspect of Haudenosaunee culture & history. FREE to all!

Kids ages 6-12 years old and your caregivers, please join us! Upcoming programs dates:

July 7 - 12:30-2pm - Thanksgiving Address
August 11 - 12:30-2pm - Corn Husk Dolls
September 15 - 12:30-2pm - Haudenosaunne Creation Story

For more information, contact Julia at or 607-273-8284 x229

 Summer Camp 2019

Flyer for Crankie Camp 2019

Crankie Camp - Local History through Storytelling

August 12-16, 2019 | 12-3:30pm 
All youth ages 9-13 welcome. Click HERE to register online. 

Explore local history through the art of the crankie! The crankie is an old form of storytelling, sometimes called a "moving panorama." In this week-long camp, kids will create their own crankies, which will include theater, storytelling, puppetry, and visual art, about local history.

Camp will take place at the Eight Square Schoolhouse, and is in partnership with LilySilly Puppet Theater.

Lunch will be provided at the start of each day.

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