Research Library Closing for Move
For several months we've been writing about some of the collections we're packing for our move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture. Well, it's autumn and we have finished packing the three-dimensional artifacts and are beginning to pack our archival collections. These are our paper collections (documents, photographs, maps, books, scrapbooks, and the like) that are normally available to patrons in our research library. But in the next few weeks they will start to become inaccessible, so our research library will be closed from October 1st until we open in our new home on March 1st 2019.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to answer research questions for this period, but The History Center's main gallery will still be open through the end of this year. Visitors can still browse our beautiful map display and can chat with us and watch us as we pack our archival materials. There will continue to be programs at The History Center (check our website for details about times and dates), so feel free to visit during regular open hours to learn about them.
Closing any part of The History Center is a difficult step to take, but temporarily shutting the research library will better enable us to focus on packing and preparing the collections for our new archives, research library, and exhibit hall in 2019. We'll keep you updated as we get closer to our exciting move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture on the Ithaca Commons, and our grand re-opening in the spring.
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.
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.
October is Silent Movie Month!
The audiobook launch mentioned below is one of many events from the Wharton Studio Museum. Check them all out
First Friday Gallery Night
Friday, October 5, 6 PM (at The History Center)
Come out for a Meet and Greet with Julia Taylor, our new Youth Educator. 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. Julia also serves as a Company Member of Civic Ensemble.
There will be refreshments!
HistoryForge Data Entry Bee Party
Saturday, October 6, 11 AM to 1 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 voluntee
Engaging History with Carol Kammen
Thursday, October 11, 12 NOON to 1:15 PM (TCPL, Local History Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
In monthly sessions, County Historian 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. 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. Register here.
Tompkins County Genealogical Society Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 6 to 7:30 PM (TCPL, BorgWarner East Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
This meeting is open to all! The History Center in Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library host a local genealogy society with the goals of building and supporting a network and making resources discoverable. The program will
begin with a genealogical presentation and will be followed by a discussion about research methods.
Mapping David Vaughan's New York
Saturday October 20, 11 AM to 12:30 PM (TCPL, BorgWarner East Room, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Historian Craig Williams will discuss Irish immigrant David Vaughan.
Vaughan came to Albany in the late 1840s already skilled in tools and techniques that were sorely needed by New York State as it resumed its first enlargement of the Erie Canal and started the construction of the Adirondack reservoirs. Vaughan soon became nationally recognized not only for his talent in drafting maps and plans for that work but also for his keen observations of life along the Erie Canal.
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, 2 PM (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.).
Finally, celebrate! At the end of the brigade, there will be brief presentations, music and food.
We need 330 people to move history forward.
as an individual, family or group.
From the Office of State History
Episode Three of
A New York Minute in History
podcast is now available for download
as well as at iTunes and Google Play.
This episode explores the Empire State's most ambitious engineering feat: the Erie Canal. Completed in 1825, it transformed New York and the nation by compressing time and distance, providing the fuel for an explosion of commerce, communication, and social change.
A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer.
A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Archivist Media.
Introducing our new Community & Visitor Outreach Coordinator, Lucy Walker.
Lucy comes to The History Center excited to be able to wear her many professional hats all at the same time. Since returning to her adopted home of Ithaca in autumn 2015, communications and teaching work brought her into various wonderful theatre, storytelling, community building, research, and environmental projects. She most recently worked with the Ithaca Children's Garden, Tompkins Recycling and Materials Management, and Civic Ensemble. She is dedicated to fostering and sustaining collaborations between non-profit organizations in support of the greater community, and is glad to be working somewhere so dedicated to this practice and place. When not at The History Center, she works as a theatre artist and cares for very small humans. Her free time is usually spent exploring Ithaca's parks and cultural offerings, cajoling acquaintances to compost, or practicing Spanish, but she is currently training to be an EMT. Graduate of Ithaca College, native of Maryland.
We are Moving!
This 1829 map was created by David Burr, a notable cartographer and surveyor in the early 19th century. He published a beautiful Atlas of New York State with pages for each county and this one for Tompkins is still vivid and colorful. The atlas is getting packed as we prepare for our move to the new Tompkins Center for History and Culture.