Exploring Local Environmental History at The History Center
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 PM (at The History Center)
On Tuesday, May 1, The History Center will present the work of Ithaca College environmental history students. With news of human-induced environmental change increasingly in the news, the latest installment of this history project offers insights into the historical relationship between people and the local environment.
Michael Smith, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ithaca College, developed a course in environmental history requiring students to use local historical resources to study an event in the greater Ithaca area. Not only do the students experience the craft of history in a new way, but they come to appreciate the evolution of the Ithaca community.
Six groups will present a synopsis of their findings followed by questions and answers.
James Baldwin Film Series
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 PM (Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell, Multipurpose room)
"I Am Not Your Negro"
Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions a book about Medgar Evers. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. that James Baldwin started, but never finished. (94 min.)
Free to the public and free popcorn to the first 50 people!
History of the New Military Tract in New York State
Saturday, May 5th 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Trumansburg American Legion Post 770, 4431 Seneca Road, Trumansburg, NY)
Presented by Map Historian Robert Kibbee and Seneca County Historian Walter Gable, this talk will focus on difficulties in establishing New Military Tract lands to reward men for their Revolutionary War military service, and the Backbone Ridge in the New Military Tract Townships of Hector, Ovid and Ulysses. Sponsored by the Backbone Ridge History Group. With support from the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation.
|Ithaca Falls. Photo from the Collection of The History Center.
Fall Creek Geographic: Natural and Cultural History of the Fall Creek Watershed
Part One: An Overview, Friday, May 4, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (at The History Center)
Part Two: A Field Trip Through Time, Saturday, May 5, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (starts at Ithaca Falls)
Part One: An Overview will include an evening presentation exploring and celebrating the natural and cultural history of the Fall Creek Watershed. Using a combination of maps, diagrams, historic photographs, and aerial imagery, we'll interpret the history of how the landscape of the watershed we see today has unfolded through time - from its geologic origins to the impacts of European settlement and modern-day land-use.
Presenter: Walter Poleman.
Part Two: A Field Trip Through Time to experience place-based education in action as we visit three sites in the Fall Creek watershed that have been shaped by the interplay of both human and natural history. Time-travel in place as we explore and interpret how the story of a location has been impacted by its bedrock geology, glacial history, surface topography, and the people who have lived and worked there. We'll start at Ithaca Falls, and then travel upstream to see the influences of the creek on land formation in Freeville, and finally visit the glacially-sculpted landscape of the Von Engeln Preserve in Malloryville.
Tour guides: Karen Edelstein and Walter Poleman with invited presenters at each stop.
Karen Edelstein is an environmental cartographer, educator, and natural history enthusiast. She's lived in Tompkins County for nearly forty years, and delights in forever increasing her understanding of landscape and cultural history of the Finger Lakes Region.
an ecologist and senior lecturer at University of Vermont and director of the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program with the
Registration required for
Part Two: A Field Trip Through Time.
This tour is limited to 25 people.
Schedule details will be shared with registrants.
Register here: https://goo.gl/UwrUwd.
Folks who register for the field trip are strongly encouraged to attend the May 4 presentation. This is a drive-on-your-own tour (car-pooling recommended), but we are making arrangements for a van for those who may not have transportation. Sponsored by TST BOCES.
Spring Writes Literary Festival: Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 5, 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM (at The History Center)
Recent work by four authors Heather Bartlett, Ellie Rogers, Robert Danberg, and Jack Hopper.
Newfield Historical Society's Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 PM (at the Newfield Fire Hall on Main St. in Newfield)
Join the Newfield's Historical Society's Annual Meeting to learn about the updates on current initiatives and listen to a talk by a guest speaker David Rossiter. Titled
"Getting the Farmers out of the Mud: Railroad Fever in the 1870's in Newfield," David's talk will explore the complicated history of the Pennsylvania & Sodus Bay Railroad.
Digital Storytelling of Immigrants, Refugees and Political Asylees
Friday, May 11, 2018, 5:30 PM (at Center Ithaca, Ithaca Commons)
Free and Open to Community.The event is brought to you by the Ithaca Asian American Association, Multicultural Resource Center and Urban 4H After School, SIFE Program. More information at www.multiculturalresourcecenter.org or by calling 607-279-8157.
Cayuga Language Presentation
Saturday, May 12, 2 PM (at The History Center)
Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó:nǫ') Language presentation by Steven Henhawk, a Cayuga faithkeeper who teaches language classes in Seneca Falls. On May 12, Steven Henhawk will talk about the Cayuga language as well as place names and their meanings. Steven Henhawk helps the Cayuga people maintain their cultural heritage through education.
Collaborative Project between Ithaca Welcomes
Refugees and Musicians for World Harmony. Spaces Open!
May 15, 16, 23, 29, 30 (must be able to come to at least the first 4),
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (at Meditation Room of the First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca NY)
A series of storytelling and writing workshops for people who have come to this area as immigrants or refugees.
These workshops, led by Samite Mulondo of Musicians for World Harmony, are a space for people who moved to the U.S. to share their experiences with other immigrants and refugees in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Come talk about beautiful or difﬁcult memories from your home country, from when you ﬁrst arrived in the U.S., and about how you feel living in this country now. People with all levels of English are welcome to attend. If you feel more comfortable, you can bring a friend or family member to translate. For more information or to register: Contact Sasha Endo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the presenter:
Samite Mulondo is a World-renowned musician, humanitarian and photographer. He was born and raised in Uganda, until having to leave as a refugee in the 1980's. Today, he makes his home in upstate New York and travels the world bringing his message of peace and hope through the healing power of music, and telling his own story. He is the founder and director of Musicians for World Harmony, a local not-for-proﬁt organization.
YMCA History "The Ithaca Y...
Then, Now, and Later" Presentation by Frank Towner
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (at The History Center)
A historical walk down memory lane focused on the Ithaca "Y," its Tompkins County history and how it has served the community. By Frank Towner, CEO of YMCA in Ithaca.
Turning 150 years old, the local chapter of YMCA dates back to 1868 when it was formally known as the Young Men's Christian Association. With its first meeting held in a reading room of the Cornell Public Library on November 23, 1868, Ithaca's YMCA started its long history of becoming a vibrant resource to the diverse community it serves.
About the presenter:
Frank Towner, CEO of Ithaca YMCA, began his career in recreation as an intern at Rochester Institute of Technology and has continued with numerous positions, including state leadership roles with Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp for children with cancer and their families.
SAVE THE DATE! Ithaca Festival Parade 2018
Friday, June 1, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Downtown Ithaca)
Please join us as The History Center walks in the 2018
Ithaca Festival Parade: Celebrating the Artist in Everyone!
Contact Youth Education Director Carole West for details as we get closer to the date email@example.com or 273-8284 X229
HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturdays, May 19 & June 2, 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:
History & Science of Craft Beverages: The History of New York State Cider
Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (at The History Center)
Guided cider and food pairing reception with Sommelier Laura Winter Falk of
Experience! The Finger Lakes.
Presentation by Owner and Grower, Melissa Madden of Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm.
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.
Each session begins with a reception led by Sommelier, Laura Winter Falk, of
Experience! The Finger Lakes
where you will enjoy tasting samples of the featured libation paired with locally-sourced edibles followed by an engaging presentation by a top Finger Lakes craft producer. See full schedule and let us know if you are coming
by following this link.