History Happenings    Early August 2019
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
Announcing the New Executive Director

The trustees of The History Center in Tompk ins County are excited to introduce the new Executive Director, Ben Sandberg.

Ben is the former Executive Director of the 1890 House in Cortland where he was very involved with the Cortland Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.  Ben earned his MPA in 2017 from Cornell University and did an internship with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.  

He brings a love of history and culture and great ideas for fundraising, exhibits, and programming.

He will start on August 12. The next newsletter will include a message from Ben!
Kids of Tompkins County: 
Free event this Sunday!

Upcomin g Events

Downtown Ithaca History Walking Tour
Downtown Ithaca History Tours
Fridays, August 9 & 16, 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Start at Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Don't miss the final walking tours! Heritage Ambassador Sherri LaTorre-Ovaska and The History Center's Executive Director R od Howe will guide "Unveiling Ithaca's Living Past" August 9.  Historic Ithaca's Executive Director Susan Holland will guide "Downtown Ithaca Architecture" August 16. Buy tickets in advance  here  or at the tours. 

Pegasys Presents
The History Center on "Pegasys Presents"
 Friday, August 9 & Sunday, August 11, 6:30 to 7:00 PM & Saturday, August 10, 12:30 to 1:00 PM
On television or online
Lauren Stefanelli's cable access show featured the new location of The History Center in July. Watch it again in August on channel 13 or online anytime here. Look out soon for our next segment.

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee
Saturdays, August 17 & 31, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
To mpkins Center for History & Culture, Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Come volunteer at our next transcription bee!
Light refreshments will be served with lots of during this educational opportunity that will make Ithaca history come alive. Bring a laptop if possible.

Henry Hinckley
Henry Hinckley, a Multi-Faceted Man: Presentation and Mini-Tour
Friday, August 23, 3:00 to 5:15 PM
Start at Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Henry N. Hinckley's life is symbolic of so many American stories and certainly of narratives specific to Ithaca and Tompkins County. The History Center's Executive Director Rod Howe will share an overview of the arc of his life. Some may still remember the Hinckley Foundation Museum which was open 1970 to 2000. There will then be a brief walking tour guided by Historic Ithaca's Executive Director Susan Holland, to the State Theatre of Ithaca and his home on Seneca Street that became the museum. Please register in advance here. Ongoing programming related to Hinckley is a collaboration between The History Center, Historic Ithaca, and Lifelong funded by proceeds from the Hinckley Museum's closing.

A Verne Morton photograph of farmers
11th Annual Verne Morton Memorial Photography Contest & Show
 Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24
Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Boulevard, Groton, NY 13073
Verne Morton was born in Groton in 1868 and became a photographer in 1896, taking over 12,000 photos over a span of nearly 50 years. Morton's work primarily focused on the rural life of upstate New York and is now held in the collections of The History Center. The Town of Groton hosts this contest  as part of Groton Old Home Days,  ending with a free show awarding a variety of prizes to the photographers. Find submission guidelines here.

Zee Zahava_s historical inspiration for writing
The Personal is Historical: A Writing Workshop
 Saturday, August 24, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, The History Center's Cornell Local History Research Library, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Zee Zahava will lead a creative writing workshop inspired by The History Center's collections. This includes genealogical materials, family histories, city directories, store catalogs, high school and college year books, books about artifacts, census records, periodicals, maps, historical novels, and much more. Participants will be encouraged to write in any format: poetry, narrative prose, memoir, stories, diary entries, etc. The workshop provides an opportunity to respond intuitively and spontaneously to what is discovered on that particular day, at that particular time, in that particular environment. Zee Zahava has been leading writing workshops in Ithaca since 1994. She was the Tompkins County Poet Laureate in 2017 and 2018. The workshop is at capacity; however, contact Zee at  zee@twcny.rr.com to be put on the wait-list and notified of future similar opportunities. Enrollment is limited to 10 people. (Photo courtesy of the Ithaca Voice.)

Tompkins County Genealogy Society Meeting
 Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, The History Center's Cornell Local History Research Library, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The History Center in  Tompkins  County  and the  Tompkins  County  Public Library support this local  genealogy  society . This meeting will include a tour with The History Center's Director of Archives and Research Services Donna Eschenbrenner of the genealogical resources available . Individuals wanting email reminders of upcoming meetings of the Society are encouraged to respond to this newsletter or contact Community@TheHistoryCenter.Net.

From Tompkins Center partner, Discover Cayuga Lake...

Community Cruises
 Wednesdays in August and September 
1000 Allan H. Treman Park Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
DCL offers weekly community cruises on the MV Teal. These pay-what-you-wish trips include guest presenters, local wine, and hands-on activities with narrators and sunsets. The History Center's Executive Director Rod Howe will present "T he History Center Watershed Project: Commerce, Recreation, Mysteries and Sustainability" August 21. Find the full summer schedule here. Advance registration is encouraged.
Exhibit Hall Highlights

The exhibit hall is free and open to the public six days a week! 

For more in-depth exploration, the Cornell Local History Research Library is open five days a week. This resource is free of charge for county residents.

Find hours, directions, and accessibility information here.

If you are looking for where to begin, consider starting at "Passage Through Time," the walk-through timeline of Tompkins County history. The door to what was formerly the safe deposit box vault features an animation of indigenous stories.

Then explore 1300 B.C. to the present through the frame of P.L.A.C.E.: people, land, architecture, culture, and enterprise. A mix of hanging panels, artifacts, and touch-screen kiosks are accompanied by audio recordings of indigenous speech and music and a topographical map.

Interior of timeline
Retail Offerings

Bruce King
The History Center sells books and items through the Downtown Visitor Center's gift shop in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture.

Recently arrived:
"Sky Woman" and "Divided Loyalties"

These two paintings are by Bruce King, an Oneida artist living in New Mexico. "Sky Woman" is featured in the "Passage Through Time" animation.
Meanwhile on Social Media
Exterior photo of Tompkins Center
Follow the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on Facebook to learn more about the goings-on in the building and the many organizations operating here.

It is open seven days a week, free of charge, with excellent air conditioning.


Now located within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture
110 North Tioga Street,  Ithaca, NY 14850

Rod Howe | Executive Director | Director@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 222
Donna Eschenbrenner |   Director of Archives & Research Services | Archives@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 224

Julia Taylor |  Director of Youth Education | EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone  extension 229

Lucy Walker |  Community & Visitor Outreach Coordinator | Community@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone  extension 227 or 228

Dave Dier | Bookkeeper and Office Manager  | Admin@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension  225

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu | Curator and Design & Support Specialist | Design@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 223

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