History Happenings September 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 & Support Specialist | Design@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 223

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Verne Morton-Boys on Main St. Dryden. 1907
Dear Friends,

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Cynthia Kjellander-Cantu', Design and Support Specialist at the History Center and local resident of the Village of Dryden. My wife and I have been living in the Village of Dryden for a short number of years. From the day we moved into the village, we couldn't help but notice its wonderful people, vibrant community and a strong history. We knew then whole heartedly that this place was and is the ideal place to raise our family. This past July, we joyously celebrated the birth of our first daughter.

On a daily basis most of the traffic that passes through the Village of Dryden is on the road to lead them someplace else. While most residents commute to jobs outside of town, I want to express that this does not represent the unique qualities that embodies the community spirit.  We all have choices and certain interests, but in my personal experience, living in the Village is much more than having coffee at the local community center cafĂ©, or dropping into a local meeting. Talking to elders who have lived in the village and throughout Tompkins County for most of their lives, I've gathered, learned and appreciated the heritage, family, community and local history that surround this area. All of this knowledge has brought a sense of richness forward which has incredibly enlightened my community experience.
In between sharing stories, laughs and the feeling of knowing one's neighbors and being known by them, lies a big heart within a village that I believe will continue to support generations to come. I look forward to the days I get to share my knowledge with my daughter about the wonderful heritage, community and local history that surrounds her.

Cynthia Kjellander-Cantu, Design and Support Specialist

Bookstore Highlight

Girls Explore! Enjoy our new book "Anna Botsford Comstock: A Love Affair with Nature" by Cos Ferrara
"Anna Comstock was a pioneer in the Nature Study Movement and notable pillar in the Cornell University community."

In conjunction with the presentation "Finding Anna: The Archival Treasure Hunt into the Life of Anna Botsford Comstock" that will be given by Karen Penders St. Clair on Saturday, September 10th, at 2:30 PM at The History Center, we would like to feature a new book Anna Botsford Comstock: A Love Affair with Nature.
Anna Botsford Comstock was a pioneer in the Nature Study Movement of the early twentieth century and notable pillar in the Cornell University community.  She encouraged children to take ownership and responsibility for not only their immediate bit of nature within their own circumference, but to realize that they were also part of the larger ebb and flow of the natural world.

$10.00 (includes tax)

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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 traveling .
Mention this newsletter when purchasing the book and get 
20% off!
Sol Goldberg's IMAGES for Sale at The History Center Book Store
Following the end of the exhibit  Come Play With Us , Larger scale images from the publications  Sol Goldberg's Kids and Other Important People and  Sol Goldberg's Ithaca are now available in the sale's wagon at The History Center Book Store.
Mention this newsletter when purchasing the image and get 
20% off!

Current Exhibition  
Early American Decorative Arts 
August 25 - September  24, 2016 
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Pontypool 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 September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th 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.

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 Exhibition  
Made in Tompkins County 
A Timeline of Local Enterprise 
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Morse Chain Company
October 7th - February 18th, 2017 
Tompkins County is well known for its educational institutions. What is less known is its rich industrial history. From its earliest days it has been the home of inventors and entrepreneurs - people who laid the commercial foundation of a prosperous community. From grist mills to high tech, local enterprise has encompassed world renowned guns, iron bridges, calendar clocks, steam engines, drive chains, and much more. This broad survey takes a look at the long sweep of enterpri se in Tompkins County, from its earliest days to the 21st century.
Upcoming Events
First Friday Gallery Night - Early American Decorative Art
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (at The History Center)
Please plan to visit and learn more about the Early American Decorative Arts. Refreshments and demonstrations provided by members of the Historical Society of Early American Decorations.  
We are OPEN on September 3rd
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 - 11.00 AM to 5.00 PM (at The History Center)
The History Center will be open this Saturday, September 3rd. We are looking forward to seeing Cornell students as part of the IC & CU "Welcome to Downtown Ithaca". 
Ithaca Voice presents: A Road to Refuge
Friday, September 9th, 2016 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (at The History Center) 
Hear the stories of refugees who have fled their home countries and learn how local organizations have responded. Coffee and Q&A panel to conclude the in-depth series.
Co-sponsored by Ithaca Coffee Company and The History Center in Tompkins County.
The Cherry Arts Theatre Presents: 
Storm Country
Friday - Sunday, September 9th - 18th (at Lookout Point, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Ithaca NY)
Ithaca's first exploration in the emerging form of "headphone theater", The Cherry Arts' Storm Country immerses audiences in a world of voices, music, and environmental sounds as they travel among the ghosts of Ithaca's West End. Inspired by Tess Of The Storm Country, the wildly successful 1909 novel based in Ithaca, Storm Country interweaves the strands of Tess's melodrama with the hidden histories of the neighborhood where they took place. Doing so Storm Country explores the issues that remain as vital in today's Ithaca as they are in the novel: finding home and being denied it, trespassing and security, the power of the water to transform and be transformed. Storm Country runs Fri-Sun Sept 9-18. Tickets are self-determined pricing, $15 suggested. Reserve at StormCountry.bpt.me.

Presentation  "Finding Anna: The Archival Treasure Hunt into the Life of Anna Botsford Comstock" by Karen Penders St. Clair
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 -  2:30 PM (at The History Center )
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library  
Anna Botsford Comstock was a pioneer in the Nature Study Movement of the early twentieth century and notable pillar in the Cornell University community.  She encouraged children to take ownership and responsibility for not only their immediate bit of nature within their own circumference, but to realize that they were also part of the larger ebb and flow of the natural world.  Karen Penders St. Clair is a Ph.D. graduate student within the School of Integrative Plant Science, horticulture section, at Cornell University who has been researching for the past three years the archival papers of Comstock including the original manuscript to
Comstocks of Cornell.
St. Clair will present a discussion of her archival findings about Comstock, and reintroduce us to this notable Ithacan.
Books "Anna Comstock: A Love Affair with Nature" will be on Sale at The History Center Book Store on the day of the presentation.   
History Forge Transcription and Data Entry Bee (Volunteers Needed)
Saturday, September 10th & September 24th, 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.

Look for us at Historic Ithaca's Old House Fair!  
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 -  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (212 Center Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Featuring vendor booths, demonstrations, and activities throughout the day! 
Free Admission. Find out more information at  www.HistoricIthaca.org.
Open House at the Eight Square Schoolhouse
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 - 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (at the Eight Square Schoolhouse, 1748 Hanshaw Road, Dryden, NY 13053)
Come and learn the history of this over 200 year old school site from our noted speakers, learn about 2016 Archaeology Finds, participate in a mini class in the beautiful schoolhouse, play with old toys, and enjoy harvest refreshments. Guest Speakers: Scott Stull Ph.D. , Ithaca College Anthropology Professor and Laura Johnson-Kelly, Cornell University Collection Manager/Head Photographer/Conservator. 
Come and Visit The History Center's Booth at Judy's Day!
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (at the Cornell Plantations)
The History Center is proud to be a part of Judy's Day 2016 at Cornell Plantations for this year's theme of Food Plants of the Americas. Visit our booth to learn about 'Saratoga Chips' ~ who invented them, and when and where these original potato chips came into existence. Try peeling potatoes by hand, then sample some delicious chips!  Large historic photos from The History Center's collections showing all aspects of potato farming in New York State in the 1930's will also be on display.

Save the Date: "Elevating History in New York State: A Discussion with New York State's 16th State Historian" - Talk by Devin Lander
Saturday, October 1st, 2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (at The History Center)
Devin R. Lander, NYS Historian, will discuss the position of State Historian and his plans for working with the history field to elevate the historical enterprise in New York State. Historians and lovers of New York's history know the amazing depth and breadth of our State's past and its vital importance in leading and shaping the nation. However, New York as a whole continues to struggle to fully maximize the important benefits its unique history presents as an educational tool, community anchor, and economic driver. Lander will discuss his thoughts on these issues and also listen to those interested in sharing their ideas and experiences related to the historical enterprise in New York State.