Whipping up enthusiasm for an all-girl football game at Ithaca High School are "cheerleaders" from Alpha Hi-Y Club. November 17, 1962. Photo by Sol Goldberg from
Sol Goldberg's Ithaca: The Journal Years
The History Center in Tompkins County is offering a Youth Ambassadors Pilot Program, which will bring together local youth to explore key themes from our history and gain experience in using a historical framework to connect our past, present and future. This is a great opportunity for the youth to learn
about our local history, t
ake Ithaca Heritage tours, d
iscuss current issues and explore how the past may be used as a tool to foster
dialogue. We will also t
alk about what it means to be connected to a place
Youth Ambassadors will meet once during the summer and then we will develop a regular schedule for the fall
. We invite a
nyone between the ages of 14-18 to a
July 18, 2018
, by sending in the application form to Rod Howe,
Executive Director, The History Center in Tompkins County
Watch Don Funke, President of Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, talk about their involvement in the new
Tompkins Center for History and Culture
and Tommy's Centennial Flight on September 29, 2018. View the schedule on Channel 13:
Our Community Display:
The Story of Reggae in Ithaca, NY
Emanating from Jamaica in the years following its independence from the colonial subjugation of England in 1962, an abandoned slave plantation electrified its folk music and church hymnals to begin the story that is known today as reggae music.
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), "The Many Names of Fall Creek" (former Map Room), "Town of Ithaca: Early Days" (Municipality Display Case), "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.
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Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State
By Susan Goodier, Karen Pastorello
Women Will Vote celebrates the 2017 centenary of women's right to full suffrage in New York State. Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello highlight the activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American women, as well as male suffragists, both upstate and downstate, that led to the positive outcome of the 1917 referendum. Goodier and Pastorello argue that the popular nature of the women's suffrage movement in New York State and the resounding success of the referendum at the polls relaunched suffrage as a national issue. If women had failed to gain the vote in New York, Goodier and Pastorello claim, there is good reason to believe that the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment would have been delayed.
Sol Goldberg's Ithaca: The Journal Years
Edited by John Marcham
Sol Goldberg's photos capture the life of his Upstate New York home town in fresh, humorous, award-winning ways. He records the good times and the bad of the people he grew up with--everyday occasions, fires, public events, neighborhood scenes. Goldberg has a special eye for the doing of children, and a great ability to find and, on occasion, create humor in the activities of his fellow Ithacans.
First Friday Gallery Night: Talk on Women's Suffrage by Karen Pastorello
July 6, 6:00 PM (at The History Center)
In conjunction with
the Women's Suffrage Exhibit at the Public Library, Karen Pastorello, co-author of Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State, will speak at the History Center in Tompkins County on Friday, July 6 at 6:00 PM. Pastorello will discuss how women in New York State struggled for over six decades to win the right to vote. She will highlight the grassroots activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and native-born women who formed a loose coalition aimed at attaining full suffrage for women.
Ithaca Heritage Free Guided Walking Tours
Friday, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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, has launched its inaugural series of free guided walking tours last Friday, June 29. The next tour is on Friday, July 6th at 4:00 PM, meeting at the Trolley Circle on the Ithaca Commons. 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 Walk & Talks
Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28, 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.
Historic Ithaca's website
for more information.
Cycle the Erie Canal is Coming!
July 8 to 15 (Erie Canalway Trail)
More than 700 cyclists from 37 states and four countries are about to pedal 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany on the Erie Canalway Trail, July 8-15. The 20th anniversary ride is organized by Parks & Trails New York. Communities will roll out the welcome mat as riders from ages 6 to 82 come to town. Hometown hospitality is one of the hallmarks of the ride, as is the beautiful scenery, a relaxed pace, and the historic nature of the Erie Canalway Trail.
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is the ride's Heritage Sponsor. Executive Director Bob Radliff and Program Manager Brian Yates will join the ride this year. Click here to see the full 8-day schedule.
Engaging Local History with Carol Kammen
Thursday, July 12, Noon to 1:30 PM (at Tompkins County Public Library,
Time Warner Cable Study Room)
Join Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen for these free monthly workshops on exploring and 'doing' local history.
TCPL to Host Melanie Zimmer on the Curiosities of the Finger Lakes
July 14, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM (in the Library's BorgWarner Community Room East)
Tompkins County Public Library invites the public to learn about the Curiosities of the Finger Lakes with author Melanie Zimmer. Saturday,
Melanie Zimmer, author of local history books such as Curiosities of the Finger Lakes and Myths, Legends, Lore: Central New York and the Finger Lakes, will tell true stories about the weird and wonderful history of the greater Ithaca area. She has been a storyteller for over two decades, presenting her stories in schools, libraries, at festivals and for television audiences.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Librarian Meghan at
Johnny Russo's Performance
at The Ithaca Artist Market
Friday, July 27, Noon to 7:00 PM (at the Ithaca Farmer's Market)
Stop by to see Johnny Russo play jazz music at the the Ithaca Artist Market.
The Ithaca Artist Market fills all 88 booths at the Ithaca Farmers Market with
regional fine and functional artists
in a unique, once-a-year, can't miss event. Over 85 established visual artists will be juried into the Market to showcase and sell a stunning variety of some of the best fine art in the region. Find out more information about the Ithaca Artist Market here: http://www.artspartner.org/content/view/ithaca-artist-markets.html
Lecturer in Character as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Friday, July 27, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, in the Library's Ezra Cornell Reading Room)
In conjunction with the exhibit, Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State, on display at TCPL from July 8-27, Cayuga College history lecturer Melinda Grube will speak in character as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her topic will be the struggle for women's suffrage in New York State. The lecture will include local history of the Suffrage movement and will also touch upon other subjects covered in the exhibit. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Melinda Grube is a history lecturer at Cayuga Community College and gives lectures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the National Women's Rights Historical Park and Seneca Falls Convention Days as well as libraries, museums, and universities across the state.
We are Moving!
Frank Gannett Bust.
From the Collection of The History Center in Tompkins County.
This life sized bronze bust was presented to Frank Gannett in 1940 "in appreciation of [his] outstanding qualities as man, citizen, and employer" by his co-workers who "inscribed in marble and bronze this permanent record of their high regard and affection." Gannett was born near Rochester and grew up in Bolivar. He first arrived in Ithaca as a freshman at Cornell, having won a competitive scholarship. While a full time student, he had five part time jobs in addition to his position as editor of the Cornell Sun and campus reporter for the Ithaca Journal. Before he submitted his first article for the Journal, he was given a list of names and businesses that were never to appear in the paper. If an event occurred in front of a store that did not advertise with the Journal, he was supposed to report that it had occurred across the street or next door to give publicity to advertisers. Read more about this item here.
The bust and many other things are being packed as we get ready for our big move at the end of the year.