Upcoming Events

    • Sat, December 19, 2020
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Sat, June 19, 2021
    • (UTC-02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Online

    Help build the HistoryForge database! We've transitioned our transcription bees to virtual group sessions online while our community is practicing physical distancing for public health and safety.

    Please complete the Volunteer Application here: for access to the Zoom conference link. To help with our behind the scenes processing of volunteer materials, please complete the volunteer form at least 4 days before the session.

    HistoryForge is a digital mapping and transcription project from The History Center in Tompkins County. We need help digitizing information from the 1940 Ithaca census to add to our HistoryForge database! Volunteers will read through the handwritten census notes from 1940, re-type/and or scan information about individuals, buildings, and businesses from that time period.

    YOU WILL NEED: A laptop or desktop computer, stable internet connection

    HistoryForge is a digital history project from The History Center in Tompkins County which combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Ithaca, creating a way to visualize the history of Ithaca in the early 1900s. Learn more about the project here: and the start of our database creation here:

    Not available Saturdays but interested? Contact Eve at

    HistoryForge is made possible by generous support from the  National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 

    • Fri, February 12, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)
    • Sun, February 28, 2021
    • (UTC-03:00)

    Ithaca Loves Teachers and so does The History Center in Tompkins County! 

    We'll be offering a series of virtual and distanced programs from February 12th-28th for VIT's and Teachers Pets! 

    History Center event details TBD. 

    Learn more and register for Ithaca Loves Teachers here:

    • Sat, February 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
    • Tompkins Center for History & Culture - 110 North Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850
    • 10

    Kids (ages 4-12) & families are invited to learn about the Tommy Plane and how Ithaca was once a hub of early aviation industry! Laura Rowley of Illuminated Press will help children create their own prints and postcards with laser cut blocks using images from the Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation archives!

    All participants will leave with three high quality greeting cards made with local printer and book artist Laura Rowley of Illuminated Press, printed on locally made Combat Paper by local artist Nate Lewis. Participants may also make and take home as many practice prints on scrap paper as they would like. Scrap paper will be provided, but participants may also bring items from home if they'd like to test how they print! 

    WHEN: Saturday February 20th - Session 1 is from 10am-12pm, Session 2 is from 1pm-3pm

    WHERE: CAP ArtSpace in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons

    PRESENTERS: Z Van Nostrand (The History Center), Laura Rowley (Illuminated Press)

    This FREE program is intended for kids ages 4-12. Participants must pre-register, preference for registrants will go to youth although we will accept a waitlist. Registration is limited to 10 children per session and all participants (regardless of age) must wear masks for the entire program. All materials will be sanitized between sessions. 

    If you have registered but become unable to attend, please contact so we can offer your space to others on the waitlist. 

**Can't seem to find the event you're looking for? Sharing a building with 12 other wonderful organizations can be confusing when navigating calendars; it might be that the event you're looking for is hosted by another organization but not The History Center. Explore the Tompkins Center for History & Culture page for links to go directly to our building partners websites.

Tours on local architecture are likely hosted by our friends at Historic Ithaca; you can register and pay for their tours directly through their website

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