History Happenings    Late May 2019
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
The Corner
Research Library Opens to the Public

Leadership Tompkins visited the research library.
Leadership Tompkins visited the research library.

68 volunteers, more than 1,600 boxes, rolls and rolls of archival wrapping materials, miles of packing tape and bubble wrap, thousands of pages of crumpled newspaper, 24 months of planning, countless hours working with the fine arts movers, bag after bag of packing peanuts.
These are just some of the bare statistics that describe The History Center's move of our large and diverse collections to our new space at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture. And now, the archival collections are finally unpacked and the Research Library is open. It has been named the Cornell Local History Research Library to honor Ezra Cornell and the great university he founded.
Our greatest debt is to the generous and hard working volunteers who donated time and effort as well as tons of packing materials to this tremendous undertaking. Some of them were members of the community, some were very young (our youngest volunteer was 11 when he helped us crumple newspaper), and some, not so young. Students from many local schools happily helped us, including Ithaca High School, Boynton Middle School, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Binghamton University. Some people came just for a day or two, some came for longer, and several stuck with us all these many months first packing, and then unpacking the collections. 
Many of our three-dimensional objects will get unpacked gradually over the next several months as we settle in to our new home. Some things will be moved to off-site storage. But the archival collections - the library books and photographs, the manuscript collections, scrapbooks, maps, newspapers, ledgers and periodic als, all those paper-based treasures that we preserve for the community - those are unpacked, sorted, organized, shelved, and ready for researchers. The library opened this Tuesday, so they are now available to the public. Our regular research library hours beginning are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Thursdays in the summer until 7:00 PM. 
Thank you to our public for your patience as we prepared for this exciting re-opening.
Donna Eschenbrenner, Director of Archives and Research Services
Coming Soon...

Interested in the history of your home? Got a question on an architectural topic? Good news for researchers interested in the built environment!

In addition to our own architectural historian Mary Tomlan helping researchers every Thursday afternoon, we are now happy to announce that Historic Ithaca's Preservation Services Coordinator, Christine O'Malley will be available in our research library on the following Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM:

Tuesday, May 28th
Tuesday, June 11th
Tuesday, June 25th
Tuesday, July 2nd
Tuesday, July 23rd
Upcomin g Events

Oral Histories of Food and Immigration
Generation to Generation 2019: Oral Histories of Food & Immigration
   Wednesd ay, June 5, 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Join us to celebrate the stories of ten local business owners and their families who immigrated to this country. Listen to their oral histories and celebrate their addition to our growing Oral History Collection. The ten young people who conducted these Oral History interviews will also be recognized. 

Celebrating the Strawberry
From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles
Celebrating Strawberries 
   Sunday, June 9, 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 learn about the importance of the strawberry plant in Haudenosaunee culture. This free, fun event will include storytelling, art making, and celebrating the strawberry! For families with children ages 6 to 12. From Seeds to Wisdom is a new monthly program in collaboration with local indigenous persons.

Old TCPL Building on N Cayuga St
Cornerstone Time Capsule Opening
Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The time capsule from April 22, 1968 will be opened in a community celebration with the library and other collaborators. More details will be announced soon.

Freida Jacques
Haudenosaunee 101
   Saturday, June 22, 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Freida Jacques of the Onondaga Nation will present fundamental information about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, drawn from and enhanced by her own life experience and understanding of her culture, and invites the audience to ask questions and engage with her first-hand accounts.

Fly Through the Finger Lakes
Fly Through the Finger Lakes
   Saturday, July 13, 9:00 to 5:00 PM
Multiple locations throughout central New York
The History Center is excited to join with Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum in Hammondsport, and Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation to offer  this first-of-its-kind regional aviation bus tour through the beautiful Finger Lakes region...  Jump onboard in "America's Coolest Small Town" Hammondsport or "Gorges" Ithaca. Take in the countryside and small towns of central New York as local historians share stories. Visit these four museums without thinking about driving or parking. Enjoy lunch at Wings Cafe from locally- and woman-owned Sweet-N-Saucy Catering... Come fly through the Finger Lakes this summer! 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, by June 29 if possible. 
Sign Up Now for Summer Camp 2019


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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