History Happenings August 2016
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 

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 |  Visitor Services Coordinator | Community@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 227

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

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu | Design & Program Coordinator | Design@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 223

Dear Friends,

Please plan to attend the August, 5th First Friday Gallery Night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the History Center in Tompkins County.

"Heritage tourism is traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic and natural resources." National Park Service

Come and share your thoughts about heritage tourism in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Tell us about your favorite history/heritage attractions.

Learn how you can be a heritage ambassador.

Help us explore how heritage tourism initiatives can create new linkages and be of benefit to residents.

Give us feedback on draft heritage tourism branding language.

Brief presentations will be made at 6:00 and at 7:00 p.m. Rod Howe, Executive Director of The History Center in Tompkins County; Kati Smith, Events and Community Engagement Coordinator for Historic Ithaca; and possibly other members of the Heritage Tourism Group will be available to gather your input and answer your questions.


Rod Howe,  Executive Director
Bookstore Highlight
Girls Explore! Welcome NEW DOLL - Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman was the first Black Woman Pilot.

Bessie Coleman has recently joint Amelia  Earhart and Harriet Tubman on the shelves of The History Center Bookstore. 

In the early 1900s Bessie dreamed of flying -- but racial bigotry and gender bias threatened to keep her grounded. Coleman had to travel to Europe to become the first woman in the world with a pilot's licence. 

Learn more about Bessie through play and accessories, including a book on the life of this woman.

$24.00 (includes tax)

Mention this newsletter when purchasing a doll and get 
20% off!

"TWICE-TOLD TALES: History, Literature, and Family Lore Retold in Narrative Quilts" by Patty Elwin Davis

The History Center has recently started hosting the Tompkins County Quilters' Guild workshops to produce a replica of Lawyer's Puzzle Quilt ca. 1830-1860. This, together with the upcoming temporary exhibit on Early Home Decorations, gives us the perfect opportunity to feature this book.

Through the art of quilts Patty Davis tells "the narratives of interesting events and the literary and personal treasures" the author had gathered as a result of her extensive travelling .

Mention this newsletter when purchasing the book and get 
20% off!


Current Exhibition  
Come Play With Us 
Early Toys from the Collection
April 1 - August 20, 2016
Play is as natural to us as breathing. We begin playing with our first sight of a smiling face and wiggling fingers, and keep at it long after we are old enough to become parents and grandparents ourselves. Toys and games enhance our play, making it richer and more complex. This interactive exhibition features some of the many toys and games from The History Center's collections. Modern examples meant for hands-on exploration will accompany the artifacts to be featured. Photographs from the Sol Goldberg Collection will be on display as well, highlighting his whimsical portrayal of local people in their playful moments. This exhibition will examine the way play has changed - and stayed the same - over the years. It is a celebration of play and childhood, for the child in all of us.

Upcoming Exhibition 
Early American Decorative Arts 
August 23 - September  24, 2016 
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Pontoon Painting
The Central New York chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration is proud to display original pieces of tin, glass and wood alongside reproductions done by our members.  We will have country tin, stenciling, free hand bronze, gold leaf, reverse glass painting, theorems, school girl art, pen work and more, all art work that was part of the 1800-1850 American home. On August 27th we will have a hands on stenciling project for kids.  On Saturdays in September we will be on hand to discuss our work and demonstrate.  Also featured will be a display especially designed for children.  On Friday night, September 2nd, we will have refreshments and demonstrations provided by our members.
Call Anne Dimock at 387-5597 for more information.
On Display
Our Community 
A Photo Exhibit Space 
The History Center's new photo exhibit space, Our Community, celebrates the diversity of Tompkins County's people, past and present, at work and play, and in service to each other.  

The newest display features a history of the Grange Movement in Tompkins County. Founded in the post-Civil War era, Granges were designed to promote the social and economic needs of farmers in the United States. At the high point of their development there were more than 20,000 granges throughout the country. Several
The Enfield Valley Grange, 1926
Tompkins County communities had granges, including Groton, Ithaca, Ulysses, Enfield, East Lansing, Lansingville, Dryden, and others. Our display features images of the Enfield Valley Grange and the East Lansing Grange.

Special thanks to Enfield Town Historian Sue Thompson for photographs and history of the Enfield Valley Grange. 

Replica of ca. 1830-1860 Lawyer's Puzzle Quilt
By Tompkins County Quilters' Guild Member
TCQG members: June Silberman, Cora Yao, Kathy Carman and Vivian Rose 
The History Center is now hosting hand-quilting, so come take a look! 
This replica of a 150+ year old Lawyer's Puzzle quilt will belong to the collections of The  History Center in Tompkins County in 2018.  The original quilt is too fragile to display, and the upcoming county Bicentennial 2017 provides the perfect opportunity for a Bicentennial Quilt showcasing part of th county's history. Tompkins County Quilters Guild quilters are making an authentic reproduction of the ca. 1830-1860 quilt for the bicentennial.  
Upcoming Events

First Friday Gallery Night
Friday August 5, 2016 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (at The History Center)  
Come and share your thoughts about heritage tourism in Ithaca and Tompkins County. 

Civic Ensemble Presents MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!
August 4-7 & 11-14, 2016; Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7.30 PM, Sunday at 4 PM
(At Black Box Theater 
at the Lehman Alternative Community School)
The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa's problems. Fugard's play resonates deeply with the increasing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement challenging the old guard of the Civil Rights movement and with ongoing debates over racial inequality in American public schools.  This production will feature 2016 Ithaca College graduates Jelani Pitcher and Brianna Ford, as well as Civic Ensemble Artistic Director Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.

History Forge Transcription and Data Entry Bee (Volunteers Needed)
Saturday August 6th & 20th 2016 - 11:00 PM to 1:00 PM (at The History Center) 
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Come volunteer at our next transcription bee!  If you want to participate, please contact Rod Howe at Di rector@TheHistoryCenter.net and plan on coming at 11:00am. 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.

Join the Summer Archaeological Fieldschool! 
Saturdays 6, 13, 20, & 27 - 9.00 AM to 4 PM (at the Eight Square Schoolhouse)
"Come Dig With Us" every  Saturday    in August, when local archaeologists will be on site at the Eight Square Schoolhouse excavating for more artifacts to add to our collection and knowledge of what life was like for local rural schoolchildren over the past 200 years!  Adult participants will learn basic archaeological techniques, dig on site, and hear presentations by local experts in the fields of history and archaeology.
For more information, contact:
Carole West,  Eight Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Director  at:  (607) 273 8284 (Ext.  229) or 

Screening   of "She's Beautiful When She's Angry"
Thursday August 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (at The History Center) 
Watch the acclaimed documentary film by Mary Dore about the beginnings of the women's liberation movement from 1960 to 1971. Discussion follows. Cosponsored by the Ithaca chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. Please visit the  official website.

Wharton Studio Museum's 6th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars
Saturday August 27, 2016 - approx. 8:00 PM (at Taughannock Falls State Park)
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The evening features the stunning big-screen showing of Tess of the Storm Country, a 1922 film adaptation of Ithacan Grace Miller White's 1909 novel of the same name. The screening will be accompanied by  live music composed and performed by Cloud Chamber Orchestra.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic, lawn chair and blanket and enjoy Taughannock Park and a view of Cayuga Lake as the sun sets before the movie begins at sundown (around 8pm). Admission is free and open to the public (there is a $5 per car parking fee at the park).
Silent Movies Under the Stars is produced in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.