History Happenings | December 2014
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Holiday Closings for The History Center
 
Winter Holiday Closings

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

 

The History Center will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Saturday, November 29th, and will resume regular hours beginning Tuesday, December 2nd.

The History Center will be closed Saturday, December 20th, and will resume regular hours beginning Tuesday, January 6th. 

Happy Holidays!

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Executive Director Announcement!

The History Center in Tompkins County Appoints A New Executive Director

 

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

 

The Board of Trustees of The History Center is delighted to announce that Rod Howe will be the new Executive Director starting in 2015.  Rod most recently was the Executive Director of Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and Assistant Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) for Community and Economic Vitality.  Both CaRDI and CCE value the importance of local history in community strategic planning and economic development. 

 

Rod has a Ph.D. from Boston University in American History (his dissertation, Concerns for the Land in an Upstate New York Community, 1900-1990, was about Lansing) and his previous positions include administration and lecturing at Boston University and various roles with  Cornell Cooperative Extension. Rod is also a board member of Historic Ithaca, the Town of Ithaca, and the NYS Barn Coalition.  His connections to the county go back several generations on both sides of his family and he writes often about land, place, and local history.

 

"I am thrilled to be joining The History Center team. THC offers multiple venues for engaging with Tompkins County's rich history and for knowing, connecting with and discovering this unique place."

 - Rod Howe

 

President of THC Board of Trustees, Bill Block, notes "We are very pleased that Rod has chosen to come to The History Center.  His interests and passions along with his proven and versatile leadership skills will take The History Center forward in a thoughtful, exciting, and collaborative way. The Board is looking forward to working with Rod."

 

For more information, please contact Kayla Sewell, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0 or at

Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

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Music from the Ether
A Discussion and Demonstration on Playing the Theremin by Richard Carter

 

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

7pm - 8pm

 

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

 

Richard Carter is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and an experienced recording engineer who brings a wide variety of skills to the table to ensure that Singularity Music Productions sounds as good as possible. He is particularly at home creating music using the large collection of instruments in his arsenal. Along with guitars, mandolins, keyboards and other more conventional instruments, he also plays the theremin. He will play and talk about the theremin at THC as part of
Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer exhibition and programming.

 

As a musician, he has played with rock and reggae bands, folk and jazz duos, an 18-piece rock opera ensemble and has also appeared numerous times as a solo performer. He has played in the USA, Germany and across the UK, in venues as diverse as Ronnie Scott's jazz club, the Staatstheater Hannover and a go kart track on top of an East German department store. As an engineer, he has recorded everything from choirs to country bands, worked on productions for BBC Radio and Television and done live sound for countless events. 

 

Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

For more information, please contact Kayla Sewell, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0 or at

Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.
Local Authors, Local Books - Buy Local, Give Local
A First Friday Gallery Night Event

 

Friday, December 5th, 2014

5pm - 8pm

 

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

 

On Friday, December 5th, The History Center in Tompkins County will hold a clearance book sale, and book signing by local authors Jane Dieckmann, Carol Sisler, and Patty Davis. Come browse our bookstore shelves, talk to local authors, and find the perfect holiday gift. The History Center hopes you'll join us in supporting our community through purchasing unique, local products this holiday season.

Pictured Above (from left to right):
Enterprising Families, Ithaca, NY Carol Sisler
The Towns of Tompkins County: From Podunk to the Magnetic Springs Jane Dieckmann
A Short History of Tompkins County Jane Dieckmann
Twice- Told Tales: History, Literature, and Family Lore Retold in Narrative Quilts Patty Davis
Cayuga Lake: Past, Present, and Future Carol Sisler

Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

For more information, please contact Kayla Sewell, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0 or at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

Annual Meeting
You're Invited to The History Center's 2013/2014 Annual Meeting

 

Monday, December 8th, 2014

5:30pm - 7pm

 

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850

 

 

You are invited to the 2014 Annual Meeting of The History Center. There will be a short business meeting to elect new members of the Board of Trustees and to introduce the new Executive Director, Rod Howe. After this business meeting, we are delighted to present a program by Craig Williams entitled The Erie Canal Comes To New York.

 

This illustrated talk will explore the what, why, and when of the nearly 200 years of Erie Canal history. Williams recently retired as a senior historian at the New York State Museum in Albany, after more than thirty years of service. At the Museum, he helped lead efforts to document and preserve artifacts from the Willard Psychiatric Center, resulting in the much acclaimed 2004 exhibition "Lost Cases, Recovered Lives - Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic." He coordinated the Museum's curatorial team at the World Trade Center site after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The largest historic artifact that he ever collected was the 1921 canal motorship, the "Day Peckinpaugh." This nearly three-hundred foot long vessel was headed for a scrapyard near Erie, Pennsylvania in 2005. The "Peckinpaugh" has been converted to a mobile gallery for exhibits on the State's waterways. From 1978 to 1983 he was the director of the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, now The History Center. He was the curator at the Erie Canal Museum from 1976 through 1977.


While here please take time to explore the first of three installations of an exhibition we are presenting on the Erie Canal entitled Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County.

 

For more information, please contact Kayla Sewell, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0 or at

Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

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A Thank You from the Center
The History Center is Thankful for...
Our Volunteers, Our Donors, Our Patrons, YOU!

Thanksgiving is a perfect time of year to give a heartfelt thank you to our extraordinary volunteers and interns:

 

 

Archival Volunteers

Janet Wagner, Louise Matosich, Linda Morrissette, Chelsea Couch, Nancy Leeming, Gina Prentiss, Everett Morse, Eugene Endres, Alison Maceli, Mary Tomlan, Jane Marcham, Phylis McNeil, and Carrie Baldwin.

 

Archival Interns

Bud Gankhuyag (Ithaca College), Emily Doyle (Ithaca College), and Caoily Andrews (Ithaca High School).

 

Collections Volunteers

Nancy Ostman, Kathy Carmen, and Sharon Lampman.

 

Education Volunteers

Hannah Hume, Jill Swenson, June Morse, Melissa Chipman, Anne Buchner, Suzanne Dutcher, Sharon Lampman, Jennifer Daniels, Louise Matosich, Melody Smith, Professor Sherene Baugher, Professor Michael Rogers, April West.

 

Exhibition Committee Members

Switched-On Advisory Committee: David Borden, Eugene Endres, Professor Peter Rothbart, Professor Trevor Pinch, Roger Luther, Jim Spitznagel, Dana Billings, and Michelle Moog-Koussa.

 

Switched-On Docents: Jordan Aceto, Trevor Pinch, Dana Billings, Eugene Endres, Jim Spitznagel, Aaron Terkle, David Borden.

 

 

We are fortunate to have the skills and hard work of this dedicated group. We could not manage without them!

 

The History Center would also like to give a sincere thank you to our many generous donors, patrons, and community members. You make our mission possible!

 


With Much Appreciation,

The History Center Staff
Jean Currie Interim Director
Donna Eschenbrenner Archivist
Carole West Eight Square Schoolhouse and Education Director
Carl Koski Museum and Photograph Technician
Kayla Sewell Administrative Assistant and Gallery Attendant
COMING SOON!
Boats and Boat Building: The Second Installation

The History Center

401 E. State/MLK Street, Suite 100

Ithaca, NY 14850


The first installation of Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County will come to a close before 2015. This installation focuses on the commerce that the Erie Canal brought to Tompkins County via steamships, barges, and railway. Representational commerce objects from this era are on display until December 18th, 2014.

Our next installation of Captains, Commerce, and Community will feature boats and boat building. A vibrant industry in Tompkins County during the 19th century, there were eleven boat yards in Ithaca in 1866 at the height of the boat construction boom. Several prominent local families built financial empires building or operating lake and canal boats at a time when the transportation of people and goods relied heavily on boat traffic. Majestic steam boats sailed Cayuga Lake from the earliest voyage of the Enterprise in 1821 to the tragic downfall of the Frontenac in 1907. Artifacts highlighting the boat builders' craft as well as images celebrating the courtly steamers can be viewed starting on 


 

Friday January 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

We hope you will join us for our opening reception of this second installation.


 

For more information, please contact Kayla Sewell, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0 or at

Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

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The History Center in Tompkins County

401 E. State/MLK Jr. St.
Suite 100 

Ithaca, NY  14850

In the Gateway Center, just one block from The Ithaca Commons.
Free parking available in the rear lot.

 

Phone. 607.273.8284  

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