History Happenings  August 2018
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Construction of new State Street bridge. - January 13, 1950. Photo from The History Center's Photograph Collection. 

You are invited to a West End Neighborhood Evolution tour on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. We will start with a presentation at the Just Be Cause Center at  1013 W State  Street. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yaoadaks. HistoryForge will help provide a historical context for this fascinating and ever changing neighborhood. After the presentation, a walk will focus on West Seneca Street and Brindley Street and include going by a few houses, the Sign Works Building, the Aeroplane Factory, and Ports of New York. We hope you will join us! This event is sponsored by M&T bank and is the second in a three part series.

Executive Director of The History Center in Tompkins County 
On Saturday, August 25,
The History Center's business hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
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Ithaca Our Home: 
A Forty Year Odyssey in Tompkins County
Published by The History Center in Tompkins County

The History Center in Tompkins County, in conjunction with members of the East Hill Classic Jazz Band, including co-directors Johnny Russo, Doug Robinson, Brian Earle, London McDaniel, et. al., teamed up for an "Ithaca Our Home: A Forty Year Musical Odyssey in Tompkins County" project reflecting the run of this remarkable group in Ithaca and Tompkins County. The book includes photos, remembrances by Johnny and the musicians, and a seventeen song CD of original songs with printed lyrics inspired by the community, institutions and businesses that nurtured and supported their long remarkable career.
New Exhibitions

Our former map room is now featuring the WE ARE ITHACA display. This multi-faceted portrait project was conducted in 2017/2018, and uses the power of photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. At the heart of WE ARE ITHACA is the photographic portrait project carried out by Project Director/photographer Robyn Wishna, a small group of college  students and volunteers. This is a project of the Community Arts Partnership made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation. Come and post what you love about Ithaca on the exhibit wall!

Exploring Tompkins County: 
Municipality Display Case
Danby: Its Rural Side, Its Historic Side, And More
Exploring Tompkins County display is a collaboration between The History Center in Tompkins County and Tompkins County's municipal historians. This new exhibit samples artifacts of early Town of Danby. We thank Mary Ann Barr, Town of Danby Historian, for providing her knowledge and time to create this unique exhibit.

Current Exhibits 

While in the midst of packing and getting ready for the move to our new home, The History Center still offers exhibits and displays, including "The Maps of Tompkins County" (Main Gallery), Our Community: The Story of Reggae in Ithaca and "Ladies' Accessories Display" (Main Gallery). Please come to take a look at the current exhibits on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 
Upcoming Events

First Friday Gallery Night at the Eight Square Schoolhouse
Friday, August 3, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (at the Eight Square Schoolhouse)
Come out to Hanshaw Road in the Town of Dryden (just off from Route 13, or around the bend from the SPCA, across from Cayuga Radio Group) to learn about the schoolhouse, play, and do some artwork on chalk boards. Prizes will be given out for the most creative artwork. Consider it a one evening summer school that combines architecture, history, education and ice cream!

Ithaca Heritage Free Guided Walking Tours
Fridays, August 3, 10 & 24 (Meet at Trolley Circle, Center Ithaca, Ithaca Commons)
Ithaca Heritage, a collaboration between Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County, launched its inaugural series of free guided walking tours. Explore downtown Ithaca from a historical perspective on these guided history and architectural walking tours. Learn more on the website: http://www.ithacaheritage.com/

Historic Ithaca's 2018 Walks & Talks 
Saturdays, August 4 and 11, 11:00 AM (Various locations) 
This summer, stroll and explore selected landmarks in Tompkins County with our local municipal historians! This program will take place on Saturdays and last for about an hour. 
Visit  Historic Ithaca's website  for more information.

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturday, August 4 and 18, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (at The History Center)
Come volunteer at our next transcription bee!  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. Sign up to volunteer here:  https://thehistorycenter.net/volunteer-historyforge 

Tompkins County Genealogy Society Meeting
Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (at TCPL,  in the  BorgWarner Community Room East )
This will be the second meeting of Tompkins County Genealogy Society. The History Center in Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library host a local genealogy society with the goals of building and supporting a network and making resources discoverable.
The program will consist of a speaker, brief highlights of local resources and a discussion of organizational issues.

West End Neighborhood Evolution: 
HistoryForge 1900-1930
Saturday, August 18, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (at Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St, Ithaca, New York 14850)
RSVP for a West End Neighborhood Evolution tour on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Register:  https://tinyurl.com/yaoadaks
HistoryForge will help provide a historical context. The walk will focus on West Seneca Street and Brindley Street and include going by a few houses, the Sign Works Building, the Aeroplane Factory, and Ports of New York. 
This event is sponsored by M&T bank and is the second in a three part series.

Johnny Russo & East Hill Classic Jazz Band on the Commons
Saturday, August 18, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (at Bank Alley of the Ithaca Commons)
At this special Saturday afternoon show, we celebrate 40 years of the East Hill Classic Jazz Band!  The CFCU Summer Concert Series is free, all-ages, and open to the public. Performances take place on the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons, in downtown Ithaca.
The History Center in Tompkins County has published a book this summer chronicling the band's career titled "Ithaca Our Home: A Forty Year Musical Odyssey in Tompkins County," featuring photos, stories by Johnny Russo and the band, and including a 17-song CD of original songs. 

"Celebrating Groton Old Home Days"
Friday, August 24, 
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
(Groton Historical Society Museum
"Celebrating the Trumansburg Fair"
Saturday, August 25, 1 PM to 2:30 PM (Trumansburg Fairgrounds Domestic Building, 2150 Trumansburg Rd., Trumansburg)
Join folklorist Hannah Davis at two upcoming events to reflect on two local summer gatherings: the Trumansburg Fair and Groton Old Home Days. These open-ended conversations will provide community members (including organizers and participants) an opportunity to learn about each event's history, share their own experiences, and contemplate the events' broader significance. Refreshments will be provided.
Davis currently serves as the New York Folklore Society's upstate regional representative and is a research assistant at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 
These programs are part of "Interpreting Community Folklife at Tompkins County's Fairs and Festivals," an ongoing project made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. A related culminating public event will be held at The History Center this fall. More information will be made available at www.thehistorycenter.net.

Silent Movie under the Stars
Saturday, August 25 (at Taughannock Falls State Park)
Wharton Studio Museum is proud to present its 8th Annual  Silent  Movie  under the  Stars.   This year WSM celebrates  silent  serials with episodes of Wharton Studio's Beatrice Fairfax, as well as an episode of The Perils of Pauline on the big screen.
Live musical accompaniment by Cloud Chamber Orchestra.  Bring a picnic, chair and a blanket and enjoy these  silent  films  under  the night sky by Cayuga Lake.  Presenting Sponsor is M&T Bank.  Producing Partner is NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  Event is free and open to the public, though there is a $5. per vehicle parking fee in the park.  Rain date is  Sunday, August 26, 2018
For more information visit  www.whartonstudiomuseum.org

Three Event Series in August-September 2018:

Tour: "What's Happening Downtown?"
Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Press Bay Alley, Ithaca, NY)
Over the last 10+ years, downtown Ithaca has changed remarkably, with new development, restoration and refurbishment of the Ithaca Commons, and implementation of the City of Ithaca's strategic plan and new rezoning regulations in city code. Join Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson and Historic Ithaca Executive Director Susan Holland as they offer a downtown guided tour to explore recent developments happening in the urban core. The tour takes place Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet at Press Bay Alley, 118 West Green Street. While the tour is free, donations will be gratefully accepted. Registration is required. Spaces are limited, so reserve soon. The tour is part of the ongoing "Development in Ithaca and Tompkins County: Past, Present, and Future" series organized by The History Center in Tompkins County.

Visioning Alternative Futures of the Community
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (at Tompkins County Public Library)
Stay tuned for more information in our next newsletter!

Anatomy of a Project
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Town of Ithaca Board Room, 215 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Stay tuned for more information in our next newsletter!

Cinemapolis Movie Screening: 
"Romance of the Air
Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 PM (at Cinemapolis)
The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation invites you to join us Wednesday, August 29 @7pm at Cinemapolis for Tommy's Centennial Flight Fundraiser! We'll watch A Romance of the Air, the 1918 silent film set during World World I starring our beloved Tommy plane. Wharton Studios described the film as, "Brave heroes and heroines! Despicable spies! A war hero falsely accused...and sentenced to death! How will it all end?" Directly following the film, we'll have a Q& A session with one of the original founders of the IAHF organization. We will talk about the history of the Tommy Comes Home Project, future plans for Tommy, and exciting details about the upcoming Centennial Flight! All proceeds from the night goes towards the project and Tommy's Centennial Flight event which is FREE on Saturday, September 29. Don't miss out on history in the making! Stick around after the Q&A session for a Meet and Mingle opportunity in the lobby with Tommy Board and Committee members. Sign up for the Centennial flight today - HERE or directly on our Facebook Event Page .
This event is co-sponsored by Wharton Studio MuseumIthaca Aviation Heritage Foundation thanks Wharton Studio Museum for providing the film footage and background materials for the screening.

Authentically Rural Weekend
Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7 (at various times and locations)
A New York State  Path Through History Weekend
Ithaca Heritage would like to welcome you to Tompkins County, where rural areas uphold long-held traditions that contribute to the county's vibrant cultural and economic life. Come explore our rural history, architecture, landscapes, and culinary bounty on a New York State Path Through History weekend October 5-7, 2018. You'll love the small-town vibe of Dryden (our focus area this year) that encourages us all to slow down and appreciate the Finger Lakes landscapes and farm-to-table flavors. 
More information and registration:  http://www.ithacaheritage.com/authentically-rural-weekend/
We are Moving!
Packing Highlights 

Toy Rocking Horse. From the Collection of The History Center.
Toy Rocking Horse

This toy horse and many other things are being packed as we get ready for our big move at the end of the year.

Toy horses of various sizes have been a favored children's plaything, probably ever since the domestication of the horse. Toy horses turn up in Roman ruins. Today new handcrafted rocking horses, complete with fanciful "pedigrees" are sold on the Internet for prices ranging in the thousands of dollars. This nineteenth century model was no doubt priced considerably lower when it was made by P. Crandall and Co., New York, whose name is stamped on the underside of the body.
This old darling was well loved before several cracks made it unusable and it came to rest at The History Center in 1957. Nail marks indicate that the ears and bridle have been replaced a time or two. There are numerous nicks and scars on the body, legs, and frame.
The head and body are carved from a single block of wood; its tail is of natural horsehair. The high-backed saddle, reminiscent of knights and armor, is covered with brocade fabric which may have matched the original bridle, reins, neckstrap, and crupper. The present ones are of sturdy cotton webbing. From marks in the wood we can surmise that the horse furnishings may have included a breast-band rather than a mere neckstrap at one time. The soft leather ears are held on with large tacks of a different vintage than those attaching the bridle. The yellow-tan colored body features hand-painted markings in black and red and the rockers and frame are bright green. One wonders if the maker had a particular pony in mind when decorating this one. Was there, somewhere in the artist's life, a buckskin pony with an endearing Roman nose?

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