Youth Ambassador Program
The History Center is excited to launch our new Youth Ambassador Program! Over the course of the school year, high school youth from across Tompkins County will gather together to explore local history and make connections to our present day. As we move into the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture in 2019, these youth leaders will play an instrumental role in shaping youth access to our local history resources. Stay tuned for information on an Ambassador-led project in the spring!
Want to become a Youth Ambassador? There's still room to join! Contact our Youth Educator Julia Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Eight Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Director
Authentically Rural Weekend
Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7 (at various times and locations)
Ithaca Heritage would like to welcome you to Tompkins County, where rural areas uphold long-held traditions that contribute to the county's vibrant cultural and economic life. Come explore our rural history, architecture, landscapes, and culinary bounty on a New York State Path Through History weekend October 5-7, 2018. You'll love the small-town vibe of Dryden (our focus area this year) that encourages us all to slow down and appreciate the Finger Lakes landscapes and farm-to-table flavors.
Bookstore & Gift Shop Highlights
In conjunction with the upcoming events related to our local aviation heritage, these items will be on SALE 50% OFF until September 29, 2018:
Bessie Coleman & Amelia Earhart Dolls from Girls Explore Series
Coleman was the
first black woman pilot.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. On her visit to Ithaca she landed where the Hangar Theatre is today.
HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturday, September 22, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (at 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: https://thehistorycenter.net/volunteer-historyforge
Visioning Alternative Futures of the Community
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (at Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Community Room)
An Historical Perspective
A look at how local government, non-profits and businesses make plans that shape the future. One panel will address the history of change and a second panel will briefly highlight new local comprehensive plans. State-wide perspectives, in terms of development goals and strategies, will be shared.
Featured speakers: Barbara Blanchard, Former Councilwoman and Legislator, and Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth NYS
Doors open at 6:30 PM - Snacks provided.
Anatomy of a Project
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Town of Ithaca Board Room, 215 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
A look at how complex development projects are planned, financed and implemented. We will examine how a developer approaches a project and what financial considerations go into the planning of a project. We will explore the municipal approval process and also look at the role of public incentives and how they impact a project's bottom line.
Featured Speaker: Robert 'Bud' Sweet, National Development Council
Doors open at 6:30 PM - Snacks provided.
AAUW-Ithaca Program to Highlight the Power of Collective Action
Monday, September 17, 4:30 PM (at The History Center)
The Ithaca Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is celebrating its centennial by inviting the public to a program that highlights the power of collective action to bring social change. The featured speaker is Risa Lieberwitz, professor of Labor and Employment Law in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is also General Counsel of the national American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
AAUW is one of the foremost national organizations promoting education and equity for women and girls. Since May 1918, the Ithaca Branch has promoted collective action and social change locally. Members have organized public programs on issues of concern to women and girls and raised funds for scholarships. AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund, which supports women nationwide in their fight against workplace discrimination, began here in Ithaca. Forty years ago the branch supported the Cornell 11, a group of women professors who sued the university for gender discrimination
in 1980, and persuaded the national association to assist faculty women fighting unfair labor practices.
"From Thomas Brothers Aeroplane Company to Thomas-Morse S-4 Scout, 1910-18:
The Origins of Ithaca's Aircraft Industry"
Talk by James Rundle
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM (at The History Center)
On September 29 an original "Tommy" S-4B Scout, built in Ithaca in 1918 and recently restored by local volunteers, is scheduled to fly at the Tompkins County Regional Airport. This talk tells the story of how an aircraft industry arose in Ithaca, just before and during the First World War, and how that new industry came to produce the "Tommy," an advanced trainer used by the U.S. Army to train U.S. pilots bound for France.
Mixed Media: The Interplay of Sound and Text
September 20, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Level 2B, Carl A. Kroch Library, at Cornell University)
How do you write a sound? How do you hear a text? "Mixed Media" examines how representations of text and sound have shaped our perceptions of the material world, tracing the technologies used to replicate and transmit them.
The exhibition features rare artifacts that illuminate 500 years of inventions that record and distribute information-- from movable cast metal type to Edison's model wax cylinder-playing gramophone.
Artifacts demonstrating these transformations will be on view, along with items that explore the interactions of sound and print, such as early modern illustrations of acoustics, work by Cornell faculty who collected early field recordings of bird song, and examples of printed text rendered into audio format. "Mixed Media" will be on view from September 20, 2018 to March 8, 2019.
This exhibition is funded through the generous support of the Stephen E. '58 MBA '59 and Evalyn Edwards '60 Milman Exhibition Fund.
For more information, call 607/255-3530 or visit
Free and open to the public.
History and Science of Craft Beverages
September 26, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Sciencenter, 601 1st Street, Ithaca, NY)
History, geology, and chemistry all converge to tell the story behind the flavors of craft beverages in the Finger Lakes. Sponsored by the Museum of the Earth, the History Center in Tompkins County, the Sciencenter, and Experience! The Finger Lakes, this four-part series will stimulate your palate and your mind. Guided beer and food pairing reception with Sommelier Laura Winter Falk of Experience! The Finger Lakes. Presentation by Owner and Brewer, Ian Conboy of Lucky Hare Brewing. To register visit
Friday, September 28, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Meeting
at the Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, NY)
For a brief time in the early 20th century, Ithaca was a thriving center of the young aviation industry. The Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation produced hundreds of the World War I-era "Tommy" S4 Scout planes right here in Ithaca. Explore several key sites in Ithaca related to the Tommy plane on a guided bus tour on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Members of the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation team who helped restore a 1918 Tommy plane will be on hand to tell the history of these aviation sites and their relation to the Tommy plane.
The number of seats is limited. Please register here:
Tommy's Centennial Flight
Saturday, September 29, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport)
Come see Tommy fly! The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation (IAHF) cordially invites you to be a part of Tommy's Centennial Flight Celebration on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 2pm to 5pm. The event is FREE and open to the public! The celebration will feature local food vendors, community activities, stories about Tommy, and more!
Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tommy-comes-home-tickets-47401355731
The Thomas-Morse S-4 Scout was an advanced high-speed trainer designed for the U.S. Army Air Corps and built in Ithaca, NY. The Scout played an enormous role in the early years of aviation and became affectionately known throughout the aviation world as "Tommy." IAHF's Tommy Come Home Project was conceived more than 15 years ago, and has fulfilled the dream of bringing a Tommy home, restoring it to flying condition and flying it on its 100th birthday. We'll be celebrating with a centennial flight at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport--a historic event you won't want to miss!
Saturday, September 29, 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Dewitt Park, Ithaca)
A Celebration of Indigenous Culture. The Re-establishment of the Cayugas: Cayugas' Rights to their Original Territory.
Come out and enjoy traditional performances, demonstrations and resources. Witness the First Annual Duce's Memorial Smoke dance competition. Family friendly activities and more!
SAVE THE DATE: First Friday Gallery Night
Friday, October 5, 6 PM (at The History Center)
Come out and meet Julia Taylor, Eight Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Director and also our new Community Outreach and Visitor Services Coordinator!
Engaging History with Carol Kammen
Thursday, October 11, 12 PM to 1:15 PM (TCPL, Local History Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
In monthly sessions, Carol Kammen, County Historian, 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. The focus is on thinking historically and discovering the pleasure and knowledge of personal encounters with ordinary documents such as letters and diaries.
Ithaca Haunted History Walking Tour
Saturday, October 12, 13 and 19, 5 PM (meet at Trolley Circle on the Commons in front of Center Ithaca)
Today Ithaca is known for its gorges, education, food, vibrant cultural scene and its diverse population ... but this was not always the case. Downtown Ithaca holds colorful narratives of past people and events. What spirits and memories linger? You decide but know that the tales might be chilling as death, murder, jealousy, insanity and accidents are recalled. Come along for this 75 minute guided tour. Be attentive and watchful. This Ithaca Heritage Tour is offered by The History Center in Tompkins County and will be led by Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador Sherri La-Torre. To register:
Wharton Studio Museum Audiobook Launch Celebration of "Tess of the Storm Country"
Saturday, October 20, 2 PM (Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca)
WSM is excited to be celebrating the new audiobook of "Tess of the Storm Country," narrated by actor Holly Adams. Come join us Saturday, October 20 at 2 PM at Buffalo Street Books. The History Center in Tompkins County is co-sponsoring this event.
Moving History Forward: Be a Part of History
Sunday, October 21, 2pm sharp (at The History Center)
Help The History Center in Tompkins County move by passing an interesting array of museum artifacts along a human brigade made up of your friends and neighbors stretching 1/3 of a mile from 401 E. State St. to 110 N. Tioga St. (the Tompkins Center for History and Culture).
Bring your community spirit. Learn about our local history. Make new connections. Get your picture taken with the Ithaca Kitty. Share your local history. Be part of the Human Moving Brigade.
There are many ways to be involved and to have fun! Wear vintage attire, dress as your favorite local figure or if with a group wear something that identifies that affiliation (hats or t-shirts with logo, uniforms, etc.).
Celebrate. At the end of the brigade, there will be brief presentations, music and food.
We need 330 people!
an individual, family or group.
Introducing our new Youth Education Director, JuliaTaylor.
As an accomplished community-based theater artist, educator, and facilitator, Julia brings a critical pedagogy to her work, promoting dialogue through creative processes in educational and community settings. She most recently served as the Program Director of youTHink, supporting arts and civic action programs with youth across Los Angeles County. Julia is a 2017-18 Arts Education ACTIVATE Fellow with Arts for LA and was a 2012 Create Change Professional Development Fellow with the Laundromat Project. She holds a Masters in Applied Theater from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Along with her work at The History Center, Julia serves as a Company Member of Civic Ensemble.
We are Moving!
This 1933 Ithaca City Directory is one of a large collection of directories in our library dating back to 1864. They are full of information on businesses and residents in the Ithaca community. A listing of names, addresses, and occupations of the city community in a given year, these compilations of local people offer a snapshot of a moment in time in Ithaca. In addition to specifics on individual people, the directories have general information like an almanac, listing local government agencies and officials (in 1933 Herman Bergholtz was mayor); local services, (the Cornell Public Library was still the county library on Tioga and Seneca Streets), and cultural offerings such as associations and clubs. These books are invaluable for genealogical research as well as general insights into our community before some of us were born.
Rod Howe |
Executive Director | Director@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 222
Julia Taylor |
Educator, Eight Square Schoolhouse | EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 229
Ksenia Ionova |
Community Outreach & Visitor Services | Community@TheHistoryCenter.net | Phone: x 227
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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