History Happenings   Late February - Early March 2017
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
The Corner
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You Too Can Participate in Mapping Tompkins County

One way to celebrate the 2017 Tompkins County Bicentennial is to map Tompkins with your own story or theme. Look at examples of a similar mapping project done with Manhattan. Download a Tompkins County map and tell your story about the place where you live. To find out more information about the project, read the article  Pieces of the Past: Mapping Tompkins by the County Historian Carol Kammen. 

Please submit your maps to Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Public Library, The History Center or electronically to Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

Rod Howe
Executive Director

Bookstore & Gift Shop Highlights 
Items to be purchased in The History Center book store

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Suffrage Reconstructed 
by Laura E. Free

"In the crisp and lucid Suffrage Reconstructed, Laura E. Free delivers on her promise to shed light on how whiteness and manhood became synonymous with citizenship, why the word "male" was introduced into the constitution with the 14th Amendment."  Elizabeth R. Varon, University of Virginia

Sojourner Truth's America
by Margaret Washington

This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of the most characteristic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. In an in-depth account of this amazing activist, Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era.

morse chain company
Thomas-Morse Aviation  
Current Exhibition   
Made in Tompkins County: 
A Timeline of Local Enterprise 
Through February 18th, 2017 
This broad survey takes a look at the long sweep of enterpri se in Tompkins County, from its earliest days to the 21st century. Read more here.
Sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company   

Interim Exhibition:
Seeing Double
On display from March 3rd through April 15th
The pictures in this exhibition are from the stereoview collection at The History Center in Ithaca, New York.  The photographs celebrate the unique local landscapes with water features and have been enlarged and turned into anaglyphs (composite pictures printed in two colors that produces a 3D image when viewed through spectacles having lenses of corresponding colors), by superimposing a stereograph pair into a single image.

Looking West down the Main Street, Trumansburg, NY. Early 1900s.
Our Municipality Display Case
The A, B, C of James McLallen's Ulysses
On display through April 2017
The History Center has a new display in the Exploring Tompkins County series featuring the Agriculture, Business, and Churches of James McLallen's Ulysses. We thank John Wertis, Town of Ulysses Historian, for providing the invaluable material, knowledge and time to bring this display to life.   

Women marched for suffrage throughout the United States before the 19th Amendment  was passed, giving them the right to vote.
Our Community 
League of Women's Voters
On display through Late Spring 2017
In this centennial year of women earning the right to vote in New York State, The History Center has a small photograph exhibit highlighting the history and work of the Tompkins County League of Women Voters. Learn about this vibrant organization that works for good government through education, advocacy and community engagement.

Seamstresses WANTED!
The History Center is looking for people who would be willing to sew new Ithaca Kitties with an  updated design to show the original cat Caesar Grimalkin's seven-toed paws! 
Website Highlights

In conjunction with the current topics of the Tompkins County Bicentennial and 2017 Year of the Woman in Tompkins County, The History Center in Tompkins County has added new resource sections at  www.TheHistoryCenter.net. Please browse the new pages on the county  Bicentennial and  Women's Suffrage

Celebrate February 2017 Black History Month!

Southside 1930s. From a photographic collection of The History Center.
In 1930 the Serv-Us League opened the Southside Community House on South Plain Street in Ithaca with the mission of "uniting the community for the betterment of each and everyone. Mrs. Jessie Cooper served as the organization's first director.
Celebrate March 2017 Women's History Month!
Seneca Falls Bus Tour

On July 19 and 20, 1848 the first Convention on Women's Rights was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. Organized by Jane Hunt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Ann M'Clintock and others, it was the birth of the Women's Rights Movement. 

The Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention. The image is taken from https://www.nps.gov

Seneca Falls Bus Tour
Saturday, March 25th, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (meeting at The History Center)
March is Women's History Month and in celebration The History Center is planning a trip to Seneca Falls on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We will visit and tour The Women's Hall of Fame, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Museum and Chapel, make a stop for lunch in downtown Seneca Falls to see this historic community and if you wish, meander through the small shops.
Trip Fee - $35
Trip Fee for THC Friends - $31.50
Please register until Tuesday, February 28th  via the Registration Page or by calling 607-273-8284 Ext. 227 or visiting The History Center (open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM).

NOTE: This trip is appropriate for ages 12 and up and will require a moderate activity level.
Generation to Generation Initiative
Collection and Sharing Stories

From left to right: Robert Nobles and Aidan Peck (Youth Volunteer), Generation to Generation class of 2016.
Last spring The History Center conducted a successful pilot program pairing teens and elders in Ithaca and Tompkins County to archive local histories.  We are looking for interested teens and elders for this year's Gen to Gen program, which will take place from March through May. This year we will explore place names and to some extend Women's Suffrage. If you would enjoy sharing your life experiences and wisdom with a high school student, and have lived a significant portion of your life in Tompkins County, this is the program for you!  If you are a local teen who would like to know more about the history of Ithaca and Tompkins County from those who have lived it, this is the program for you! Here are a couple poignant comments from several of last year's participants:

From a teen:  "I loved hearing about Hazel's journey as a feminist, because it is a topic I am passionate about."

The benefits of this type of project from an elder: "...allows a young person to be exposed to an entirely different way of thinking about living and life and death."

For more information and to find out how you can participate, contact Carole West, Youth Education Director, at 607 273 8284 X229 or eightsquare@thehistorycenter.net.
  Upcoming Events

An Ithaca Generator member practices controlling an LED light using sensors and an Arduino board. Photo Credit: Sam Fuller from The Ithacan.
Makerspace Program: 
We are a Community of Makers!
Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (at The Histoty Center)
Across the country, the maker movement has been spreading like wildfire, with makerspaces popping up in schools, libraries, museums, and industrial buildings. Fueled by media coverage of "MakerFaire" branded events, and a real need for new ideas about education and economic development, what started as a few far-flung experimental spaces has grown into a full-blown movement. 
Read more about the event  here.  This event is a part of  Ithaca Loves Teachers 2017 Program.

Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Sunday, February 19th, 3:00 PM (at St. James AME Zion Church)
Attend the fundraising concert featuring the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers. Some of you have visited this historic church. They recently received a Sacred Sites grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, but they need to raise the matching funds to receive it.

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturday, February 25th, 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM
Come volunteer at our next transcription bee!  To participate, please email Ksenia Ionova at community@thehistorycenter.net. 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.

Art in Tompkins County: Then & Now
Through February 26th (at State of the Art Gallery, 120 Martin Luther King/West State Street, Ithaca, NY)
T he State of The Art Gallery will be presenting two shows to celebrate the Tompkins County Bicentennial with the first show running in January and the second  one in February. 
"There are many forms of art and many today who make art. We live among a talented bevy of artists: Just take a tour on the Art Trail and see for yourself." -  Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian.  Find out more at  soagithaca.org .

T he New Jim Crow  Community Read & *Related Events 
*Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 PM (at Cinemapolis)

Cornell MLK Commemorative lecture featuring Dawn Porter, noted film maker, and screening film "Gideon's Army."
* Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00 PM (at the State Theater)
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative lecture will feature a presentation by renowned film maker Dawn Porter.  Her upcoming project is a documentary based on "The New Jim Crow."
Thursday, March 1st, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (at TCPL) 
Library film series "The Central Park Five."
Monday, March 13, 5:30PM to 7:00PM ( at BJM GYM)
"Dismantling the Master's House", hosted by Black Lives Matter Ithaca. Corresponds with NJC Chapter 6.

Oral History Training
Saturday, February 25th, 1:00 PM to 2.30 PM (at The History Center)
This forum is designed to help organizations and interested persons in the community in the planning, execution and follow up of conducting oral histories. Oral histories are becoming ever more important as a way to preserve the past and help future generations understand it. 
Noted speakers will impart their wisdom and share their experience with the group:
Brad Edmondson, award-winning author, consultant and independent journalist, and Julia Corrice, Digital Services Librarian from the South Central Regional Library Council.
This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are encouraged by calling 607-273-8284 or e-mailing community@thehistorycenter.net.

First Friday Gallery Night
Friday, March 3rd, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (at The History Center)
This First Friday Gallery Night will be the opening of a new interim exhibit of local landscape stereoviews "Seeing Double". Keith Millman and Randi Millman-Brown will be giving a 6.00 PM talk and will do some demonstrations. Light refreshments will be provided.

Women's Wisdom Project: Putting Her Back Into History
Friday, March 3rd, 6:00 PM (TCPL, Borg Warner Community Room)
Multimedia/Reading Film featuring words and video of  more then 70 Tompkins County women.  For more information:
or womenswisdomplay@gmail.com

Feline Follies:  Fundraiser Benefiting Local Animal Shelters
Saturday, March 4th, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Schurmann Hall, Upper Tutor Room Hallway)
The History Center will be taking part in this year's Feline Follies organized by Cornell Feline Club. Look for THC table from 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM, we will be selling new seven-toed Ithaca Kitties!
Feline Follies is open to the public and will include cat-themed mini lectures given by Cornell clinicians and staff members, a raffle, bake sale, children's games, crafts, face painting, cat adoptions by local shelters, a professional cat photographer, and a fun cat show. With any questions, please email cornellvetfelineclub@gmail.com.

Oh, the Women! A Writing Workshop Celebrating the S pecial Women in our Live
Wednesday, March 8th (International Women's Day) 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (TCPL, BorgWarner Room East)
Led by Zee Zahava. This workshop will provide women and men with the inspiration and encouragement to write and share stories about the special women in their lives. Bring photographs or keepsakes that reminds you of someone (if you wish; it's not required). The group is limited to 15 people. To register, contact Zee directly at (607) 273-4675 or zee@twcny.rr.com.
The History Center in the Media
PEGASYS Screening THC Events (Channel 13)

Episode 1: "Entrepreneurship: Then and Now"
Sundays, February 12 & March 5, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Episode 2: "Businesses in Our Midst that Value Place"
Sundays, February 19 & March 12, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Episode 3: "MakerSpace Program: We are a Community of Makers"
Sundays, February 26 & March 19, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

*All programs are related to the current exhibit "Made in Tompkins County: A Timeline of Local Enterprise"

From the Collection  
Hemingway Diaries
Hemingway Diaries

Several years ago Ithaca resident John Wallace found a diary of a late nineteenth century Dryden carpenter for sale on eBay, and bought it and donated it to our archival collection. He then very generously hunted out other diaries of the same man, and bought them all and donated them as well. 

The History Center now has 31 diaries of Adelbert Hemingway, ranging from the mid-1870s to 1918. More daybooks or journals than true diaries; these chronicles are gentle and leisurely works, with a few brief lines each day documenting the workaday life of a rural man in Tompkins County. He discusses visits to neighbors, his work, changes in the weather, and all the commonplaces of life in a simpler time. Read more.

Rod Howe | Executive Director | Director@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 222
Donna Eschenbrenner | Archivist | Archives@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 224

Carole West | Educator, Eight Square Schoolhouse | EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 229

Ksenia Ionova |  Community Outreach & Visitor Services | Community@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 227

Karen Binder | Bookkeeper & Administrative Services | Admin@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 225

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu | Design & Support Specialist | Design@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 223

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