Ithaca Fringe Festival (at The History Center)
Friday, April 21st, 5:30 PM - 6:20 PM
Saturday, April 22nd, 5:30 PM - 6:20 PM
Sunday, April 23rd, 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM
Ithaca Fringe Festival
will present the act "The World Will Stop if We Make a Mistake" by New Vintage Ensemble out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. "Judy and Zack are just like you. They have loving relationships, families of their own and full-time jobs. When Zack finds a box containing several notes, cards and letters Judy has sent to him over 25 years, they discover a comic strip they created as kids. The characters Sunny and Cloudy come back to life as the friends find that their childhood selves have a lot to offer. Judy and Zack then begin to believe that they'll be able to weather their uncertain futures with courage and good humor." Tickets are $10 ($8 for students with ID) for one show, and multi-show passes are available at discounted rates. Tickets to this and the other shows in this year's Ithaca Fringe are available at the door, at Fringe Central, at the Visitors Center on the Commons (opening April 18), or online. See the full lineup of shows and schedule at
Talk "Polydactyl Cats in Ithaca" by Bruce Kornreich, DVM, PhD
Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (at The History Center)
Ithaca is famous for its concentration of polydactyl cats, that is cats with extra toes. If you do not own such a cat, you may have seen one or two wandering down the street or in a local SPCA center. In fact,
, a staple Ithacan stuffed animal toy, impersonates one of those mitten-pawed cats.
One narrative suggests when cats were shipped on boats from Britain to the New World, those cats had to develop extra toes to better balance on board the ship. On April 22nd, Dr. Bruce Kornreich from Cornell Feline Health Center will confirm or debunk this myth by providing insights into the history and genetics of this local anomaly.
Shaker "Great Barns": 1820s - 1880s
A Book Talk with author, Lauren Stiles
Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00 PM (at Dryden Village Hall)
Doors open at 6:30 PM Come early to meet the author and chat. There will be copies of the book, Shaker "Great Barns" for sale. Free and Open to all.
Historic Ithaca partners with Dryden Town Historical Society to present Shaker "Great Barns." Barns have been the subject of many DTHS programs. We've looked at structure, styles, uses, agricultural practices, and farm families. This talk by Lauren Stiles will discuss interesting details about the Shaker "Great Barns."
Learn more here.
Smith Woods: The Environmental History of an Old Growth Forest in Central New York State
|Smith Woods, image provided by PRI.
Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (at Ulysses Philomathic Library)
Join us to celebrate the publication of the Paleontological Research Institution's (PRI's) new book celebrating this remarkable forest, Smi
th Woods: The Environmental History of an Old Growth Forest in Central New York State. Combining perspectives from geology, ecology, history, and anthropology, the authors weave a narrative history of the many influences that have shaped this patch of land over the past 20,000 years. It is the story not just of Smith Woods, but of the forests that once covered almost all of northeastern North America. Read more information about the book
HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturdays, April 29th & May 13th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (at The History Center)
Come volunteer at our next transcription bee!
Light refreshments will be served with lots of fun and an educational opportunity that will make Ithaca history come alive. Be sure to bring your laptop. Sign up to volunteer here.
Wharton Studio Museum Presents: Silents Roar! Film Fest for Tompkins County Youth!
Wharton Studio Museum is pleased to present
Silents Roar! Tompkins County's 1st Film Festival for youth, coming this Spring. Inspired by the role Ithaca and the region played in silent movie history a century ago,
Silents Road! is an exciting opportunity for high school age students throughout Tompkins County to create a short silent film. Entrants must be residents of Tompkins County and between ages of 14 and 18. Entrants will be asked to produce a silent film, 3 minutes in length and in a genre of their choosing. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary!
Film submissions will be accepted until May 7, 2017 at midnight.
For registration details and information, please visit
he New Jim Crow
Monday, May 1st, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (at BJM gym)
"Taking action to End the New Jim Crow." Next steps for addressing mass incarceration locally. Find out more information on the
First Friday Gallery Night: Opening of the New Exhibit
Friday, May 5th, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (at The History Center)
In conjunction with the First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center will present a new exhibition with a 6.30 PM presentation "The Altered and Preserved Landscape" by the faculty and students of Tompkins Cortland Community College.
This exhibition by students at Tompkins Cortland Community College examines the local landscape and is part of the larger celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Tompkins County. The artworks explore the visual and functional conditions of Tompkins County over time by drawing on primary source materials from The History Center.
Spring Writes Festival (at The History Center)
Friday, May 5th, 5:30 PM - 6.30 PM
Presentation & Q&A: Cornell Race and Empathy Project
Saturday, May 6th, 11.00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cornell Race and Empathy Project listening booth on display
Sunday, May 7th, Readings & Discussion Panels
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM - Panel: "World Building: If You Build It, They Will Come"
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -
Reading: "Chicken Feathers: Stories and Poems," Zee Zahava
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM - Readings: NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology
Presentation: Timeline of Women's Suffrage in Central New York State
Saturday, May 6th, 11.00 AM to 12.00 PM (at The History Center)
The History Center's staff will present a recently compiled timeline of events in the Women's Suffrage movement in Central New York State. This timeline is a part of the digital educational materials developed for the Women's Suffrage centennial, and will be available at TheHistoryCenter.net.
Talk on Harriet Tubman National Historical Park with Karen Hill
Saturday, May 6th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (at The History Center, in partnership with Historic Ithaca)
Karen Hill is the executive director of the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, New York. The site recently received final federal approval to become the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (NHP) to be operated by the National Park Service and the Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. The new park will recognize Tubman's significant role and involvement in the Underground Railroad, Women's Suffrage and other causes. Karen Hill will talk about Harriet Tubman, history of the site and the process it underwent in becoming a National Historical Park.
Stories from the Senior Troupe of Lifelong: Music and Memories
Tuesday, May 9th, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (at The History Center)
The Senior Troupe of Lifelong presents Living History Theatre, which centers on the theme of "music" featuring stories from the troupe's lives that are both humorous and serious. For more information about the Senior Citizen Troupe of Lifelong you can contact Lifelong at 607-273-1511 or go to the official website. This project is supported with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Watch the trailer here.
Ithaca Street Railway Bus Tour
Sunday, May 14th, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (to start at The History Center)
Ithaca was served by a street railway from late 1887 to the summer of 1935. After several twists and turns this transportation system has grown into today's TCAT. At its furthest extent lines ran between the two Lehigh Valley Railroad stations (downtown and East Ithaca), to Renwick (now Stewart) Park, a loop around the Cornell campus and Cornell Heights, and an extension into Cayuga Heights. A few physical remnants of the system can still be seen, and the route can be traced.
The History Center is organizing a bus tour of the system, with commentary by David Rossiter, on Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 PM, leaving from the History Center. The tour will follow the entire route and view all remnants of the system. The tour includes five stops with some walking; we estimate the total time at about 2 1/2 hours, including an introduction in the History Center to view the railroad component of the "Altered and Preserved Landscape" exhibit. Cost is $20 to cover the bus rental.
If interested, visit the registration page to sign up or contact Ksenia Ionova at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.
Save the Date: Women's Suffrage Plays
Tuesday, May 16th and Wednesday, May 17th, 7:30 PM (at the Kitchen Theatre Company)
To celebrate the centennial of the Women's Suffrage in New York State, the Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre Company, Civic Ensemble and The Cherry commissioned an evening of new short plays. Inspired by the Women's Suffrage movement and funded in part by the New York Council on the Humanities, these plays will be performed together on May 16th and 17th, 2017 at Kitchen Theatre Company. Read more here. Tickets: Call 607-272-0403 for information.
Save the Date: Italian-American Community Forum
Saturday, May 20th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (at The History Center)
Save the date for an Italian-American Community forum day to be held on May 20, 2017 at The History Center. An Italian-American event held in 1983 resulted in the acquisition of many family stories and photographs. The community forum's goals include understanding the experiences and roles of Italian-Americans using 1910 as a starting point, exploring a sense of place, connecting people across the generations, and adding new archival material. For more information, visit the
. Please register for the event