First Friday Gallery Night: Heather Lane on Purity Ice Cream Co.
Friday, December 2nd, 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM (at The History Center)
This First Friday Gallery Night will keep its focus on the "Made in Tompkins County" exhibit featuring the owner of Purity Ice Cream Co. Heather Lane who will give a
6.00 PM talk about her legendary shop and share
Purity treats! We will also pull out scrapbooks with older Purity photographs and articles. Refreshments will be served throuhout the Gallery Night - from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Events for the Smithsonian Exhibit
Tompkins County Public Library has announced plans for the "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human," a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the American Library Association. See the schedule
Talk "HistoryForge: Connecting the Generations"
Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (at The History Center)
Plan to attend to learn more about HistoryForge and its potential for learning about previous generations. Trustee
, retired geospatial librarian, Trustee
, web developer at Gorges, and Rod Howe, Executive Director at The History Center, will present the working prototype which focuses on 1910.
Showing of "Serving Life" with Eric Acree
Wednesday, December 7th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (at The History Center)
The movie features actor Forest Whitaker who narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years.
Encountering History with Carol Kammen
Thursday, December 8th, noon (at Tompkins Trust Company Study Room, TCPL)
Explore the art of "doing history" during Tompkins County Public Library and the History Center In Tompkins County's monthly, "Encountering History" program. Facilitated by County Historian Carol Kammen, these free, 75-minute drop-in sessions will be held at noon on the second Thursday of each month in the Library's Tompkins Trust Company Study Room and are perfect for anyone interested in history and exploring historical events and documents.
Karl Jaentsch: "You Can Trust Your Karl"
Saturday, December 10th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (at The History Center)
Join us for a presentation about Karl Jaentsch, mechanic extraordinaire, and his Volkswagen Repair garage. Karl died in 2009 but many in the community recall him and his shop vividly. Colleagues and friends will provide remembrances of Karl. We form allegiances with businesses for many reasons; audience members will be asked to note their connections to current businesses.
Living History Theatre on the Theme of Prejudice
Monday, December 12th, 5:30 PM (at The History Center)
The Senior Theatre Troupe of Lifelong will feature stories from the troupe's lives that that reflect on the impact of prejudice from their childhood to the present. The players are the characters, the scenery and props. The Living History Theatre is presented as choral theatre, with the reader as the soloist and the troupe acting as the chorus. Read more about the troupe here.
The New Jim Crow Community Read Event: The Color of Justice
December 12th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (at GIAC)
Bah Humbug! A Rhiner Commedia Carol
Thursday, December 15th - Saturday, December 17th @ 7.30 PM & Sunday, December 18th @ 4:00 PM (at The History Center)
This production is influenced by both the humanitarian vision of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and the Rhiners - transient, often immigrant squatters in 19th century Ithaca's West End. Read more
"Seeing the World for the First Time: Early Human Concepts of Space and Place" by Bob Kibbee
Saturday, December 17th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (at The History Center)
As a part of the Discovery Trail Weekend and in connection to the Ithaca Explores Human Origins program,
will give a talk on early maps pertaining to early humans' acquisition of the sense of space and place. Check out the full
Discovery Trail Weekend program