The History Center in Tompkins County places a great deal of value on sharing our histories. We all have a history, a story to share, and are part of the community’s collective history. We are in the process of reviewing the intersection of sharing stories (one’s own history), intergenerational dialogues and oral histories.
The History Center in Tompkins County is interested in all three and seeks to develop an approach that is both strategic and mindful of what others are doing throughout the community.
We plan to develop an educational/programmatic approach that builds partnerships and that uses history of a way of connecting residents though knowing, learning and discovery.
There are several organizations interested in these topics and the audiences range from youth to senior citizens. One key goal is to create a common bond across the generations and across groups. There are opportunities to capture stories forgotten, passed over, and/or ignored.