History Happenings    Early July 2019
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
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Youth Ambassadors Share  Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ History 
with Elementary School Students

"There was a gap in my education. It took ten years to fill that gap. You're not always learning the full picture," reflected a high school senior in our Youth Ambassador Program. 

This school year, ten high school students from Tompkins County explored various narratives in our local history. When they learned about the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, The Revolutionary War Campaign led by George Washington to remove the Haudenosaunee people from their land and destroy any possibility of return, the Ambassadors expressed anger, concern, and frustration about the historical events, and that they had not learned this history in their primary school education.
The Ambassadors then set off to create their own curriculum about this event. Over the last four months they have researched, asked questions, collaborated, and designed a program that on June 19 they implemented for a class of 4th grade students from South Hill Elementary School. 

Exploring the central question, "How are you able to live here today?" the Ambassadors led the fourth grade students in a participatory exploration of the context of the Sullivan campaign, the campaign itself, and a reflection on the many impacts of the campaign. 
Sachem Sam George, of the Cayuga Bear Clan, joined the program to speak directly to the impact on the Cayuga people.
We are deeply humbled by the creativity, curiosity, and strength of the Youth Ambassadors in this effort, and privileged to stand on Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (Cayuga) land, in collaboration with the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ people, to create new educational pathways for young people in our community.
Julia Taylor, Youth Educator
To Our Departing & Incoming Trustees

The annual meeting on June 18 provided an opportunity to look back on this exciting year and forward to what comes next. It also celebrated the trustees whose terms are ending and introduced the trustees who are just starting.

Karen Pastorello, Paul Karakantas, Kati Flynn Torello

Thank you to Paul Karakantas, Karen Pastorello, Nina Piccoli, and Kati Flynn Torello, for your service to The History Center. Welcome to  Elaine Engst, Sarah Fiorello, Eric Fitzpatrick, Chris Kai-Jones,  and Lauren Ryder  as they begin their tenure on the Board of Trustees July 1.

Past _ Present Trustees
Past & Present Trustees
Soar Into Aviation History This Summer
Dedicated airplane enthusiasts and new Tommy fans alike, join us Saturday, July 13 for Fly Through the Finger Lakes, the first-of-its-kind regional aviation heritage bus tour.

We will visit the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum in Hammondsport, and the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation.   Pricing for this all-inclusive adventure ranges from $30 to $75 per child or adult.

Register  here to start in Hammondsport or here to start in Ithaca.
Upcomin g Events

Donna Eschenbrenner and Christine O_Malley
Architectural History Research Support
Tuesdays, July 2 & 23, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, The History Center's Cornell Local History Research Library, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Interested in researching an architectural topic? Good news! In addition to our own architectural historian Mary Tomlan helping researchers on Thursday afternoons, we are happy to announce that Historic Ithaca's Preservation Services Coordinator, Christine O'Malley will be available here on select Tuesdays this summer. Access to the research library and archives is free for all county residents.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) Book Sale
  July 5 through July 7
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, The History Center's Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
During regular open hours and First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center will sell books from our extensive catalog not currently offered in the gift shop and some slightly damaged in the move. They will all be sold at a discounted rate and can be paid for by cash, check, or credit card. Bring a reusable bag or sturdy box to take your new books home!

Downtown Ithaca History Tours
July 5 through August 16, 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Start at Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The popular summer walking tours return! Heritage Ambassadors and Historic Ithaca staff will guide "Downtown Ithaca Architecture" and Rod Howe from The History Center will guide "Unveiling Ithaca's Living Past." There will also be one behind-the-scenes tour of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. See dates and buy tickets here. Tickets can also be bought at the tours. If you want to learn about the entire county's historical architecture, Historic Ithaca will also hold free Walk & Talks, including one of the Howe family homestead in Dryden, hosted by Fred and Rod Howe. Find more information here.

From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles
Thanksgiving Address
 Sunday, July 7, 12:30 to 2:00 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Join us to explore the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address. Hear the address spoken, learn about its meaning, and create your own books. For families with children ages 6 to 12. Free and open to all. From Seeds to Wisdom is a new monthly program in collaboration with local indigenous persons. (This image is courtesy of the Syracuse Cultural Workers, from their product on sale in the Downtown Visitor Center at the Tompkins Center.)

Public Universal Friend: Religion and Gender in the Era of the American Revolution
 Saturday, July 20, 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The first CUP Talk in our new space will feature Paul Moyer, author of The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America. The book will be available for purchase and Moyer will sign copies after the lecture. Moyer is a Professor of Early American History at the College at Brockport (SUNY). His areas of expertise are colonial and revolutionary America. He previously published  Wild Yankees: The Struggle for Independence along Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Frontier  (Cornell University Press, 2007) and will soon be releasing a third book,  "Detestable and Wicked Arts": New England and Witchcraft in the English Atlantic  (Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2020).  CUP Talks are an ongoing series of author talks organized with the Cornell University Press, sharing their publications with local residents.

Notes for Visitors:
In celebration of Independence Day, on Thursday, July 4, the exhibit hall will be close early at 4:00 PM and the research library will be closed. The exhibit hall will be open on Friday, July 5 until 8:00 PM for First Friday Gallery Night.
Special Series on Henry N. Hinckley at Lifelong
Henry Hinckley
Thanks to a generous donation by the Hinckley Foundation, Lifelong, in partnership with Historic Ithaca and The History Center, are able to offer a number of learning opportunities and events to highlight the legacy of Henry Hinckley. The first event, an Ithaca Kitty-Thon, happened in June.

The lectures will take place at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Free and open to the public.

"Henry N. Hinckley: A Multi-Faceted Man" 
with Rod Howe, Executive Director, The History Center in Tompkins County

 Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 to 2:30 PM

Henry Hinckley's life is symbolic of so many American stories and certainly of narratives specific to Ithaca and Tompkins County. He connected with Ithaca in varied ways. The presentation will provide an overview of the arc of his life including his triumphs, tragedies and passions. Some may still remember the Hinckley Museum and Foundation on E. Seneca Street which was open approximately 30 years (1970-2000).

"The Henry Hinckley Foundation & the Historical Society of Early American Decoration"  with  Anne Dimock

 Wednesday, July 24, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Anne learned about Early American Decoration from her good friend Doris Brann and began attending classes before becoming a member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration in 1975. In 1977 she was fortunate enough to attend a class with Peg Emery, who became her mentor and friend, which began a long and wonderful learning experience. Anne started teaching the art in 1980 and has been teaching ever since. She is an accredited teacher in Reverse Glass and American Painted tinware and is a specialist in reverse glass painting. In 2010 she wrote a book on the subject.

This discussion/presentation will explore the history of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration and the various techniques that are part of their interests. There will be visuals through a PowerPoint with photographs of pieces representing their work as well as actual pieces to show. This will provide an overview of techniques that Anne teaches, and we will discuss what classes Lifelong might set up for the future!
Crank Up for Camp

Exhibit Hall Highlights

The exhibit hall is free and open to the public six days a week! 
Find hours, directions, and more here.

While you're here,
  • Learn what's here with the visitor guide, also available in large print.
  • Explore as you complete the kid-friendly scavenger hunt.
  • Practice the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ language on the Speak Cayuga app at the docent desk. (Download for free via Apple or Google.)
  • Take home our indigenous reading list, developed by local indigenous and academic collaborators.
  • See two new artifacts on display: an engraved Ithaca Calendar Clock and "The Great Fire of 1840," a painting by Henry Walton, both on loan from the Ithaca Veterans Volunteer Fireman Association.
Retail Offerings

The History Center sells books and items through the Downtown Visitor Center's gift shop. This includes products created by local indigenous artists as well as memorabilia from the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Mark Hartsuyker, frequent videographer for the IAHF, created a 40-minute documentary about the organization's Thomas-Morse S4B's history, restoration, and centennial flight. Buy it for $9.99 after you take a selfie with the 101-year-old "Tommy" Plane. #tommycomeshome
Meanwhile on Social Media 

Every Monday via social media, The History Center -- @TompkinsHistory on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram --  features one of the 1,200 maps in our archival collections. Then visit the Cornell Local History Research Library Tuesday through Saturday to see them IRL.


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 | Youth Educator | EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone  extension 229

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

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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