History Happenings    Early December 2018
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
The Corner
Live Local Music Next Saturday at the State
The History Center in Tompkins County is proud to announce the  full  line- up for this upcoming historical and musical spectacular, presented in cooperation with the State Theatre of Ithaca and DSP Shows, and sponsored by CFCU Community Credit Union.

Hometown Music Makers' Revue:  Celebrating Tompkins  County's Extraordinary Musical History
Saturday, December 8, 7:00 PM // Doors 6:00 PM
State Theatre of Ithaca //  107 West State/Martin Luther King, Jr. Street  Ithaca, NY 14850

Featuring the talents of:
The Burns Sisters (Annie and Marie Burns)
Cayuga Nation Gayogo̱hó:nǫ Welcome
Chorale of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus
The Cornell Hangovers
Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Fall Creek Brass Band
Jean McPheeters (as Sebela Wehe)
Joe Crookston
Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band
Kevin Kinsella
Richie and Rosie
Sim Redmond Band
UNITED Dance Troupe

The performance will include music of various genres, dance, drumming, and even living history! Emcee Peggy Haine will share the musical history of Tompkins County between acts.

This lively, informative concert is meant for all ages, and we encourage families and friends of all generations and backgrounds to buy tickets now for this not-to-be-missed evening.

This concert is part of a three-day celebration of the State Theatre of Ithaca's 90th birthday as well as the kick-off for  The History Center's move to its new location. Several  organizations from around the county will be partners in what was the Tompkins Trust Building on the Commons' Bank Alley. The new Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 North Tioga Street opens Spring 2019.

To purchase tickets, including discounted tickets for children, students, and seniors, go to www.stateofithaca.org/events, call (607) 277-8283, or visit the ticket office at 107 West State Street/Martin Luther King, Jr. Street in Ithaca either Wednesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM... SEE YOU AT THE STATE!

THC staff and trustees visited TCHC the day before Thanksgiving.
December 2018 Hours

A week and a day remain to see the exhibitions in the State Street location. "WE ARE ITHACA.....a celebration in portraits," "The Maps of Tompkins County," "Our Community: The Story of Reggae in Ithaca," "Danby: Its Rural Side, Its Historic Side, And More," "Life in the 1890s: A Hands-On Exhibit," "Our Story: A Timeline of Tompkins County History," "The History of The History Center in Tompkins County," the replica of the Eight Square Schoolhouse, and various artifacts are still accessible to the public.

The History Center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and admission is always FREE. Beginning December 11, the museum portion will be closed to the public. The store portion will remain open at normal hours until closing to the public on December 22.

Several organizations from around the county will be partners in what was the Tompkins Trust Building on the Commons' Bank Alley.  The new Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 North Tioga Street opens Spring 2019.
Retail Highlights

Now that he caught your eye with Goose, the dog at the  Finger Lakes Cider House in  neighboring Seneca County, Caesar Grimalkin a.k.a the Ithaca Kitty is wondering if you heard  about what's happening at The History Center  in  December ?

Almost all prints, posters, maps, photographs, off-cuts, dolls, and books are on  sale  NOW at 20% off. (There will be no live animals for  sale , but we do have freshly stuffed Ithaca Kitties thanks to the Friends of the  Library's Kitty-Thon.) Get all your holiday shopping done in one place!

Look out for upcoming FLASH  SALES  throughout  
December inspired by GreenStar's fantastic flash sales. They will be advertised ONLY on social media the day before! 

The History Center in Tompkins County is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at  @tompkinshistory. 

We like to be followed! @tompkinshistory  
Ithaca Our Home

Ithaca Our Home (A Forty Year Musical Odyssey in Tompkins County)
by local legend Johnny Russo is still available!

A great gift for birthdays, holidays, graduations... Buy it at The History Center, open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM through December 22. Or attend the  Hometown Music Makers' Revue  on December 8 at the State Theatre of Ithaca, hear Johnny and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band, and buy it after the show.  Out-of-towners can contact 607-273-8284 x227 or community@thehistorycenter .net to arrange purchase and shipping.
An 18 song CD is included with the book.  
Upcoming Events

Pub with a Purpose
 Every Tuesday in 2018, 4:00 to 7:00 PM (Kilpatrick's Publick House, 130 East Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Kilpatrick's Publick House has kindly hosted this ongoing fundraiser through the fall to raise money for the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Every Tuesday afternoon, the proceeds from half of all alcohol sales go to the TCHC. Kids and families are most welcome. Food is also available for purchase. Don't miss this chance to enjoy a pint and support the TCHC at the same time. Some folks from The History Center will be there this Tuesday, December 4 after 5:00 PM.

Prohibition Party
 Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 to 8:00 PM (Kilpatrick's Publick House, 130 East Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
One night only! Kilpatrick's Publick House hosts another fun-filled event supporting the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Wear your favorite flapper outfit and enjoy 1920s themed food and drinks. A quarter of all alcohol sales will go to the ongoing Pub with a Purpose fundraiser for TCHC. Kids and families are most welcome. Food is also available for purchase. This is your opportunity to party like it's 1929!

First Friday Gallery Night
 Friday, December 7, 5:30 to 8:00 PM (The History
The History Center is proud to host the book launch for Shaping a City, Ithaca, New York: A Developer's Perspective by Mack Travis, a new release from Cornell Publishing,  an imprint of Cornell University Press. There will be a reception at 5:30, a short presentation at 6:00, and a book signing with the author at 6:30, with advance copies on sale.

Tompkins County Genealogy Society Meeting
 Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 to 7:30 PM (TCPL, BorgWarner West Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
This meeting is open to anyone interested. The program will begin with a presentation by Alan Chaffee, Town of Newfield Historian and an expert on our local cemeteries, "Cemeteries and Burial Practices of the Past 200 Years." There will also be a brief update regarding the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and an open discussion. 

Engaging History with Carol Kammen
 T hursday, December 13, 12 NOON to 1:15 PM (TCPL, Local History Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Carol  Kammen presents documents from the county's past for reading aloud and discussion. Participants are encouraged to think about what the documents meant at the time of their creation, and to discover what they might tell us here and now. 

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
 Saturday, December 15, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (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.

Looking for Students of All Ages!

Uncovering Our Histories (RESCHEDULED*)
Student gathering about histories in our communities

Friday, December 14, 5:00 to 6:30 PM at LOCATION TBA**

Calling all students - middle school, high school, and college students in Tompkins County! What stories matter in your community? What stories are hidden away, forgotten, or not being told? Join us for an afternoon of conversation and fun activities to explore how we can make these stories visible! 

Your thoughts and ideas will help shape the future of The History Center. Free food  will be provided! RSVP here:  bit.ly/registerUOHEmail Julia Taylor, Youth Educator, at  eightsquare@thehistorycenter.net with questions or concerns.

*Due to snow and school closures in November, this event has been rescheduled. Please join us at this new December time!
**Location will be shared shortly via media outlets and to all registered attendees.
Fundraisers for the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

Thanks to Kilpatrick's Public House 
for supporting the  future home of  The History Center and many other organizations!
Love the Ithaca Kitty? Want to host a Kitty-Thon?

Freshly stuffed Ithaca Kitties are selling fast at The History Center. Want to keep the tradition going? Host a Kitty-Thon with your colleagues, relatives, or whomever.

Read J.T. Stone's  Ithaca Voice article about the November 18 Kitty-Thon with the Friends of the Library. Then get in touch with The History Center to schedule your own.

We are Moving!
Packing Highlights 

This receipt from a liquor wholesaler in Slaterville shows that in 1866 41 gallons of whiskey cost a little more than $100.00. The purchasers were Messers. Allen and Chadwick of Dryden. 

We call individual historical items like receipts "ephemera" and we preserve them because of the interesting insights they offer into day-to-day life in Tompkins County. This one is part of one of the many archival collections that we are packing for our move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture.

Rod Howe | Executive Director | Director@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 222
Donna Eschenbrenner | Archivist | Archives@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 224

Julia Taylor | Youth Educator | EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 229

Lucy Walker |  Community & Visitor Outreach Coordinator | Community@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 227

Nancy Menning | Bookkeeper & Office Manager  | Admin@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 225

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu | Design & Support Specialist | Design@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 223

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