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CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AREA

Located in the back right corner of our Exhibit Hall, the Children's Education Area is modeled after the Eight

 Square Schoolhouse located in Dryden NY, and the site of our 1892 living history programs for youth in Tompkins County. The children's area in our Exhibit Hall has a working antique cash register, school desks, and slate and chalk. 

You can request coloring sheets, puzzles, Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt, and activity guides for different ages from the front desk when you arrive. 

Available Activities for All Ages (3-103):


BORROW A BOOK AT THE MUSEUM!

Enjoy story time during your museum visit! We have over 30 children's book titles related to local history available at our front desk! Books cover a range of topics and reading levels. 

Children and families can "check out" up to three books to read during their visit. Check the front jacket cover for information about how these books connect to Tompkins County history!

BOOK TOPICS

  • Working at a museum or historic site
  • Erie Canal history
  • Haudenosaunee history & indigenous stories
  • Black American history and historic people who visited Tompkins County
  • Finger Lakes history
  • Amish & Mennonite stories and experiences
  • Aviation history and famous fliers!
  • Suffrage and famous women who visited Tompkins County

All books must be returned before you leave. Thank you to local booksellers Autumn Leaves Used Books and Buffalo Street Books for providing us with such a wonderful selection!

Please explore the local Inclusive Recreation Resource Center's profile of our handicap accessibility here.

This profile includes detailed information regarding the physical layout of the Exhibit Hall and Research Library, and alternate methods for engaging with our exhibits and materials for individuals with impaired sight or hearing. Print out visitor guides and auditory visitor guides can be requested at the docent desk to the right of the front entrance to the Exhibit Hall. 

We do not have a parking lot associated with our building, however for visitors with physical and/or movement impairment are encouraged to contact us at community@thehistorycenter.net in advance and when possible they may use one of two staff parking spaces by the back entrance of our building. These spaces may not be used without advance communication. 

Email community@thehistorycenter.net with any questions or feedback.

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Territory

Hours

Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives - By appointment only. Please contact archives@thehistorycenter.net

Contact                                                     

Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to community@thehistorycenter.net

Phone: 607-273-8284

Web: thehistorycenter.net

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