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  • History Center intern Claire Deng (Cornell 2022) received Cornell's 'Campus-Community Leadership Award' for her research project on Early Asian Residents in Tompkins County in collaboration with the Ithaca Asian American Association. Her research resulted in The Asai Family exhibit on display in Town Hall 2021-2022, the Tang Family exhibit in the reCOUNT exhibit, and multiple new archival collections on early Asian residents and businesses in Tompkins County. 
  • Ithaca’s LGBTQ History Walking Tour awarded the Allan Bérubé Prize from the American Historical Association. The tour was spearheaded by undergraduate students at Ithaca College in 2018-2019, and coordinated by Luca Maurer, Director of the LGBT Center for Education at Ithaca College. Community partners included: The History Center in Tompkins County, Historic Ithaca, Ithaca Heritage, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (Out for Health Program), and Visit Ithaca.






  • Celebrating History Awards Gala - Awardee recipients: Carol Kammen - Lifetime Achievement Award (Tompkins County Historian), Cayuga Heights History Project - Beatrice Szekely, Pat Longoria, Carole Schiffman, and Randi Kepecs; Bob Baxter (Great Possibilities - Verne Morton), Tompkins County League of Women Voters - Making a Difference Award, Eli Zhang & Francesca Chu received Youth Awards.


  • The Sustainable Tompkins Board of Directors recognizes The History Center in Tompkins County - Haudenosaunee Environmental Education Presentation for offering the community a Sign of Sustainability



    • Tompkins County Distinguished Youth Award presented to Student Historian Initiative in recognition of outstanding commitment to the community. 


    • Key Member of the Year - presented to the DeWitt Historical Society/Tompkins County Museum as a member of the Discovery Trail. 


    • National Education Association of New York recognizes the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County New York for their work at the Eight Square Schoolhouse - Preserving Public Education's History, Celebrating Our Present, Shaping our Future
    • Executive Chamber Citation from the State of New York Governor's office in recognition of the Eight Square Schoolhouse's 175th anniversary


    • Award of Merit presented to the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County in recognition of important efforts to preserve and present upstate history through the Towns of Tompkins County Exhibit Project - Upstate History Alliance
    • Tompkins Trust Company Award for Excellence presented to Henry Cowan for his considerable contributions to the lives of many people, and his work with organizations like the DeWitt Historical Society, Literacy Volunteers of Tompkins County, Kiwanis and RSVP. Presented by the Tompkins County Foundation. 


    • The Eight Square Schoolhouse in Dryden, NY designated as an Official Project of Save America's Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 


    • Peggy Hubbell receives the first "Keeper of the Past" award from the DeWitt Historical Society for her work in preserving Enfield's cemeteries. 


    • The DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County is the recipient of the 1990 New York State Governor's Arts Award.  Established in 1966 the New York State Governor's Arts Awards recognizes significant contributions to artistic life in the State of New York. These awards are administered by the New York State Council on the Arts



    • William Heidt, local historian and DeWitt Historical Society curator receives Ithaca Journal "Man of the Year" award. Heidt was a typesetter at the Ithaca Journal for 25 years before retiring in 1954, and became a volunteer curator at the DeWitt Historical society. Through a print shop set up in the DHS basement he printed nearly 40 pamphlets on local history. 


    • William Heidt, curator at the DeWitt Historical Society, receives one of six national citations of "unusual meritorious work and leadership on behalf of local history" from the American Association for State and Local History. 

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