History Happenings    Late November 2018
The History Center's Electronic Newsletter 
The Corner
Shaping a City
Book Release
For December's First Friday Gallery Night, The History Center is proud  to host the book release for  Shaping a City, Ithaca, New York: A Developer's Perspective by Mack Travis. 

Have you ever contemplated the why's and how's of Ithaca's current real estate boom? In his new book, local developer Mack Travis chronicles the last forty years of major projects, the major players, and the forces at work in planning and redeveloping Ithaca. Here is an insider's view of the 40-year history, progression, and development of real estate in Ithaca, NY--much of which has led to the present boom--and a rating by numerous sources as being one of the best small cities in America. 

"Shaping cities requires vast understanding and resources to be combined in ways that best suit  local circumstances." 
--Brad Olson, past president of various divisions of the Irvine Company, the Carson Companies, Los Angeles County, CA; retired chair of the Baker Program in Real Estate, Cornell University

Please join us at 5:30 PM for a reception, followed at 6:00 PM by a brief presentation and book signing with the author. The book is published by Cornell Publishing, an imprint of Cornell University Press. It seems fitting that our final event in this space is a CUP Talk collaborating with our neighbors across the street as well as part of Gallery Night Ithaca  organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
Looking for Students of All Ages!

Uncovering Our Histories:  Student gathering about histories in our communities

Friday, November 16, 5:00 to 6:30 PM
The History Center in Tompkins County (401 East State Street, Suite 100, Ithaca NY)

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.

A Local Music Extravaganza: Tickets On Sale!

The History Center in Tompkins County, in cooperation with the State Theatre of Ithaca and DSP Shows, and sponsored by CFCU Community Credit Union, presents the Hometown Music Makers' Revue on  Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 PM . This concert will highlight more than a century's history of music in Tompkins County, from Patsy Conway's world-renowned brass band in the early 1900s to the contemporary musicians w ho help make Ithaca a draw for art and entertainment today. 

This concert, in recognition of the many people who made and continue to make  music  here, and of enthusiastic Ithaca audiences, is part of a three-day celebration of the State Theatre's 90th birthday.  The concert is also a kick-off for The History Center's move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture in the former Tompkins Trust Building on the Commons' Bank Alley. Tickets are available through the State Theatre's ticket office by phone at 607-277-8283 and online here.
Bookstore & Gift Shop Highlights

The History Center in Tompkins County is in the process of winding down exhibitions and programming to prepare for our move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture. Additionally, the Research Library and Archives will remain closed until the new location opens.

After the Hometown Music Makers' Revue on December 8, the museum portion will be closed to the public. From December 11 to 22, The History Center will be open for retail sales only, at our normal hours; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Starting now, all prints, posters, maps, photographs, off-cuts, and dolls and most books will be on sale at 20% off. Look out for an upcoming holiday/clearance sale!

Johnny Russo's Ithaca Our Home (A Forty Year Musical Odyssey in Tompkins County)  is still available! Out-of-towners can call (607) 273-8284 ext. 227 to arrange purchase and shipping.

An 18 song CD is included with the book.  
Current Exhibits

a celebration in portraits
Our map room features WE ARE ITHACA.......a celebration in portraits.  This is a project of the Community Arts Partnership made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation. This multi-faceted portrait project in 2017/2018 used the power of photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. 

Exploring Tompkins County: A Municipality 
Display Case
"Danby: Its Rural Side, Its Historic Side, And More"
Exploring Tompkins County display is a collaboration between The  History  Center in Tompkins County and Tompkins County's municipal historians. This new exhibit samples artifacts of early Town of  Danby . We thank Mary Ann Barr, Town of  Danby  Historian, for providing her knowledge and time to create this unique exhibit.

Also on Display
While in the midst of packing and getting ready for the move to our new home, The History Center still offers ongoing exhibits and displays, including "The Maps of Tompkins County," "Our Community: The Story of Reggae in Ithaca," and "Ladies' Accessories Display." Please come to take a look on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM through December 8. 

Please Note:  The History Center in Tompkins County will be closed to the public for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, November 22 through Saturday, November 24. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, November 27.
Upcoming Events

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
 Saturday, November 17, 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.

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. Read "The Corner" above for more information! 

Tompkins County Genealogy Society Meeting
 Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 to 7:30 PM (TCPL, BorgWarner East Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
The History Center in Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library host this local genealogy society with the goals of building and supporting a network of genealogy fans and making resources discoverable.

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. 
From the New York State History Museum

November is New York State History Month!
Photo credit:
Glenn Castellano, New York Historical Society

Celebrate the Empire State's rich history by visiting the State Museum, touring an exhibition, and attending a public program. 

In celebration of New York State History Month and in commemoration of the 101st anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State, the Museum is proud to display a model of a statue honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony from November 6, 2018 through March 31, 2019. The statue, designed by Meredith Bergmann, will be unveiled in New York City's Central Park in 2020 - the first statue in the park to honor a woman. 

For more information, click here
We are Moving!
Packing Highlights 

The late 1920s saw a decline in the Cornell University Crew team's success from their dominance earlier in the century. This and myriad other fascinating facts about Cornell in the 1920s can be found in this 1929 Cornell Yearbook. It is one of the thousands of books that we are packing as we get ready 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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