Welcome! The History Center is requiring that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols.
The History Center is a generation-to-generation education and research center preserving the history of Tompkins County, New York. The History Center helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future.
The History Center is located in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons.
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The History Center in Tompkins County and all of our programs occur on the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Nation (also known by the mispronunciation Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (sometimes called the Iroquois Confederacy). It is important for each of us to understand the long-standing history that has brought us to reside on this land and to seek to understand our place within that history, including the history of forced relocation and disenfranchisement experienced by the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' who remain a sovereign nation and continue the stewardship of their traditional lands to this day.