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September 2019
The Corner
Back to School

While the end of summer means fewer out-of-town travelers exploring the museum and archives, it also means the start of an exciting autumn of educational programming for people of all ages.

For the young ones, we to continue From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles. Sunday's program focused on the Creation Story, right after a joyous community celebration on Saturday at the Eight Square Schoolhouse. For the whole family, this Saturday brings performances by Eleanor Stearns as Amelia Earhart.

Tompkins Cortland Community College, the new focus of the atrium exhibit tower, held their first workshop Tuesday on the history of nursing and local education. They will be holding three more workshops in the coming months around their academic specialties. We're also excited to host the annual meeting of the American Association of University Women tonight, with Professor Sean Eversley Bradwell from Ithaca College as their guest speaker, appropriately held in the Ithaca College Gallery/CAP ArtSpace.

Students from TC3 via College Initiative  Upstate, real estate courses at Cornell University, nearby New Roots Charter School, and more have already explored the exhibit hall and research library. We look forward to hosting the History of Environmental Thought class from Ithaca College for the 15th year of their research project with our organization and anthropology students from Cornell University for a second year of oral history training. The Women's Oral History Project for 9th to 12th graders has extended the registration deadline to September 22.

Fourth graders from public schools around the county started visiting the Eight Square Schoolhouse this week. It is also available for workshops and field trips. The new Executive Director, Ben Sandberg, continues to learn about all the facets of his job, including a hands-on lesson in how messy history can get at Eight Square's "charmingly historical" outhouse during the schoolhouse's clean-up a few weeks ago.

The research library and docent volunteers continue to be surprised by discovering more aspects of the county's rich history. Being in this new location means a lot of learning for everyone; not only visitors and volunteers, but also trustees, interns, and staff. We now know where all the light switches are!

We have been open to the public at the Tompkins Center for just over four months. We welcome you to come through the doors as if it is your first day of school. 

Let us know: What do you want to learn about Tompkins County?
Upcomin g Events

Annual Meeting of American Association of University Women Ithaca Branch
   Thursday, September 19, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The History Center will host the annual meeting of this 101-year-old local organization. Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell (Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change at Ithaca College) will give a presentation, "Equity and Inclusion in Ithaca's History." The event is free and open to the public.

HistoryForge Data Entry Bee
Saturday, September 21, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
To mpkins Center for History & Culture, Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Come volunteer at our next transcription bee! We make Ithaca history come alive within new open-source software. Learn more and sign up for meeting reminders here. Bring a laptop if possible.

Photo of Amelia Earhart and photo of Eleanor Stearns as Amelia Earhart
Tommy Talk 2019: A Visit with Amelia
Saturday, September 21
Performance for children ages 7 and up at 2:00 PM
Performance for adults at 7:00 PM
T ompkins Center for History & Culture, Ithaca College Gallery/CAP ArtSpace, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
To commemorate the Tommy plane's centennial flight on September 29, 2018, the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, in partnership with The History Center, will hold an event each autumn highlighting aviation history through a lecture or performance. "A Visit with Amelia" features local Geneva actor Eleanor Stearns as famed aviator Amelia Earhart. She visited Ithaca in December 1932 after becoming the first woman pilot to complete a solo transatlantic flight in May 1932. Find more details and reserve free tickets by clicking on the performances times above. Thanks to Littletree Orchards and Ports of New York for their generous donations of refreshments!

Tompkins County Genealogy Society Meeting
   Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, The History Center's Cornell Local History Research Library, 1st Floor, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The History Center in  Tompkins  County  and the  Tompkins  County  Public Library proudly support this local  genealogy  society . This meeting will include a tour with The History Center's Director of Archives and Research Services Donna Eschenbrenner of the genealogical resources available here . Individuals wanting email reminders of upcoming meetings of the Society are encouraged to respond to this newsletter or contact community@thehistorycenter.net.

Cider and Cheese
Sc iencenter After Dark: Cider and Cheese
   Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Sciencenter, 601 1st Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
The History Center and Sciencenter team up for this special event. Learn about the science of cider and cheese from engaging local experts and researchers. Plus, enjoy cider and cheese tastings at various stations, and explore all of the Sciencenter's interactive exhibits, including their new featured exhibitions, Bricksburg and Design Zone! Learn more here .
Starting This Month

The deadline has been extended to September 22.
Women_s Oral History Project

Exhibit Hall Highlights

The exhibit hall is free and open to the public six days a week! 

For more in-depth exploration, the Cornell Local History Research Library is open five days a week. This resource is free of charge for county residents.

Find hours, directions, and accessibility information here.

Next time you visit, look around for these less obvious but equally intriguing features...
  • Visible artifact storage in pull-out drawers -- like the Ithaca Guitar Works artifacts pictured, discovered by Charles the docent who has worked or taught there for years
  • A familiar face in the cockpit of the Tommy Plane
  • Videos in the P.L.A.C.E. towers' digital narratives on Doctor Tarbell, Ithaca Calendar Clock Company, Ithaca Kitty, Taughannock Falls 
  • Colorful pins in the Story Vault to mark where you came from
  • A video of Rod Serling in the new Tompkins Cortland Community College display in the atrium tower 
  • A famous face hiding out in the Passage Through Time
Additions to the Archives

Starting with this newsletter, we will occasionally highlight donations that have recently been added to our collections.

Ascendant: The History of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
by Robert S. Davis
Donated by the author

Alpha Phi Alpha was the first African American fraternity in the United States and it was founded at Cornell University in 1906. This thoughtful and detailed examination by a member covers its history from before the founding to today. (2019.9)
Meanwhile on Social Media
Breaking the rules:
A só:wa:s AND a dagú:s in the exhibit hall!

Dog and cat in exhibit hall

Learn more Gayogo̱hó:nǫ (Cayuga) language from the Speak Cayuga app, developed with indigenous speakers.

Now located within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture
110 North Tioga Street,  Ithaca, NY 14850

Ben Sandberg | Executive Director | Director@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 222

Donna Eschenbrenner |   Director of Archives & Research Services |  Archives@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 224

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu  |  Curator and Design & Support Specialist  | Design@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 223

Dave Dier
 |  Bookkeeper and Office Manager  | Admin@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension  225

Lucy Walker |  Community & Visitor Outreach Coordinator | Community@TheHistoryCenter.Net | Phone extension 228

Reach the docents anytime the exhibit hall is open at extension 227.

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