History Happenings   February 2017
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
The Corner
2016-2017 History Awardees, January 29th at Marcham Hall in the Village of Cayuga Heights.

We are a vibrant, creative and socially active community that celebrates history and that makes history every day.

This picture is from the Celebrating History Awards Ceremony held on 1/29/17 at the historic Marcham Hall in the Village of Cayuga Heights. The following were recognized: 

Lifetime Achievement AwardCarol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian
Illuminating History Team Award -The Cayuga Heights History Project: Bea Szekely, Village of Cayuga Heights Historian, Pat Longoria, Deputy Historian, Carole Schiffman and Randi Kepecs
Local History Engagement Award - Robert (Bob) Baxter, CEO, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company
Making a Difference Award - League of Women Voters in Tompkins County
Youth Award - Eli Zhang, Youth Volunteer, John Marcham Research Library
Youth Award - Francesca Chu, Youth Volunteer, John Marcham Research Library

Rod Howe
Executive Director

Bookstore & Gift Shop Highlights 
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Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers
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The History Center's bookstore now includes a recently published visual history of Pennsylvania's Railroad Lumbering Communities - Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke. 
Discovered in a shed in upstate New York and a barn in Pennsylvania after decades of obscurity, Clarke's photographs offer an unprecedented view of the logging, lumbering, and wood industries during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

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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   

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 is 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! 
Upcoming Events

First Friday Gallery Night. Ithaca Beer Co.: The Spirit of Finger Lakes
Friday, February 3rd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
(at The History Center)
In conjunction with the current exhibit "Made in Tompkins County: A Timeline of Local Enterprise", The History Center will host a 6:00 PM presentation on   Ithaca Beer Co . Gregg Stacy, Marketing Director of Ithaca Beer, will talk about the history and current initiatives of the Company. Ithaca Beer & Soda tasting will be available at The History Center from 5:30 PM. 

Panel discussion "Businesses in Our Midst that Value Place"
Saturday, February 4th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (at The History Center)
There are Tompkins County businesses for which place matters from any number of perspectives such as location, workforce, access to technology, branding, entrepreneurial spirit, lifestyle and community connections. The panel presentation will be followed by a Q&A section.  Moderator: Martha Armstrong (Tompkins County Area Development).  Panelists: Gary Woloszyn (Wegmans), Julie Baker (Ursa Space Systems), Julie Crowley (Ithaca Coffee Company), Nick Nickitas (Rosie).

Art in Tompkins County: Then & Now
February 4th-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 .

Women's Works: Unite and Sing
Sunday, February 5th, 4:00 PM (at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, NY)
Women's Works' annual concert is February 5, 4:00pm at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, NY. This concert brings together women's voices from Upstate New York, including special guest, Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) musician Bear Fox as well as the Ithaca Children and Youth-Chorale. A Women's Works ensemble, Jennifer Birnbaum, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Karen Dumont, Lisa Frank, Lynn Leopold, Cynthia Lunine, Stephanie Ortolano, Kristen Park, and Melissa Snyder, will present Shaker songs and suffrage music. Find out more information here.

NY Votes for Women Write-In
Monday, February 6th, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (at TCPL) & 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge)
Join Nora Snyder's weekly Writer's Block Party and participate in the NY Votes for Women Write-In. This project is in conjunction with NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology. To learn more about the Anthology or how to submit a piece, come to the session or visit the website.

Go Local with History
Tuesday, February 7th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
(at The History Center)
The History Center invites all Tompkins County Middle and High School teachers to a workshop designed to highlight several significant milestones that are being celebrated in 2017:  The Tompkins County Bicentennial and the anniversary of Women's Suffrage, and ways that your classes may be involved.  Also highlighted will be several new endeavors including The History Center's History Forge and Names on the Land. Staff from the Research Library and Education Department will also be on hand to present information and resources that teachers may want to take advantage of!  Sign up on BOCES calendar at mylearningplan.com.

Engaging History with Carol Kammen

Thursday, February 9th (at TCPL, TTC Study Room)
Join Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen for these free monthly workshops on exploring and 'doing' local history. All sessions are free and open to the public. Add to your calendar  here.

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturday, February 11th, 11.00 AM to 1:00 PM 
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.

The New Jim Crow  Community Read 
Saturday, February 11th, 10:00 AM to noon (at Groton Public Library) For more information, click here.
Read chapter three prior to this meeting. This is part of a larger community read: 50+ area groups have organized to read and discuss the book. Contact: Sara Knobel director@grotonpubliclibrary.org
Monday, February 13th, 5:30 PM (at BJM)
"Make America Safe Again"  focusing on chapter 5, hosted by Civic Ensemble.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2:00 PM (at Cinemapolis)
Cornell MLK Commemorative lecture featuring Dawn Porter, noted film maker.
Thursday, March 1st, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (at TCPL) 
Library film series "The Central Park Five",  6-8

Darwin Days 2017 Panel Discussion 
Monday, February 13th, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (at The History Center)
Researchers from Ithaca College and Cornell University will speak on the evolution and history of primate and hominin social behavior. Rob Ross, PRI Associate Director of Outreach, will provide a brief introduction to the topic and speakers for the evening. Panelists will discuss their own experiences or interests in the topic, and then will take questions from the audience for open discussion. Panelists will include: Lisa Corewyn (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), Jennifer Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), and Tom Volman (Department of Anthropology, Cornell). This is part of Ithaca Explores Human Origins: Darwin Days series.

An Ithaca Generator member practices controlling an LED light using sensors and an Arduino board. Photo Credit: Sam Fuller from The Ithacan.
Save the Date: Makerspace Program
Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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.

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.

The Wesleyan Chapel, site of the First Women's Rights Convention. The image is taken from https://www.nps.gov
Save the Date: Seneca Falls Bus Tour
March 25th, 2017 (meeting at The History Center)
Join us for a kick-off bus tour to Seneca Falls devoted to Women's Suffrage. This time the tour will visit such sights as the Women's Hall of Fame, Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and Downtown Seneca Falls. The Bus tour will offer time for lunch and shopping. Contact Ksenia at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net to express your interest. Look for more information in the next History Happenings newsletter!
Celebrate February 2017 Black History Month!
James L. Gibbs

James L. Gibbs
James L. Gibbs was a trailblazer. He was a man who took community service seriously, and spent his whole life working tirelessly for the betterment of the African American community in Ithaca. And he did it at a time when opportunities for black Americans were severely limited: a time when there were no black teachers in the Ithaca schools, when many businesses wouldn't hire blacks, when realtors wouldn't show houses to blacks outside of certain neighborhoods, when some restaurants wouldn't serve black customers, and when labor unions wouldn't take blacks into apprenticeship programs. Read more here.
From the Collection  

The sundial, one of the earliest scientific instruments, tells time by measuring the passage of the sun through its daily course in the sky.  The vast majority of sundials consist of a pointer, called a style or gnomon, and a calibrated plate upon which the pointer casts a shadow.
This sundial was made in 1835 by Philip Brady of Etna. Brady, the youngest son of Philip Brady and Eleanor Downs, was born on May 16, 1796 in Dublin, Ireland. Philip Brady Sr. was a clerk in the Custom House in Dublin, but was compelled to leave Ireland after taking part in the unsuccessful Rebellion of 1798. Read more here.

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