Explore our current grant projects at thehistorycenter.net/grants
Please note that this page is not a complete list of all grants received by the institution throughout our history. This page was compiled through research begun in 2021.
AHA-NEH SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) Grants to Sustain & Advance the Work of Historical Organizations
Preserving Community Oral Histories
The AHA-NEH SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) grant to Sustain & Advance the Work of Historical Organizations' grant of $29,582 provided enormous support in processing the backlog of archival processing for the Oral Histories of Tompkins County. Over the course of the year we accomplished massive successes: finished transcriptions for 132 interviews (original narrative goal had been for 75), the completion of 11 Archival Finding Aids for specific projects (original grant narrative had been for 9), and the digital reformatting of 80 audio files in both archival and reference formats. The History Center was one of fifty institutions from across the USA awarded funds through this program.
This grant was administered by the American Historical Association with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities SHARP relief funds for institutions adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants
These funds were used in tandem with the $20,000 SHARP Recovery Grant from Humanities New York to support specific collaborations with the Southside Community Center, Latino Civic Association, and Ithaca Asian American Association to make our collections more representative of the full histories of Tompkins County. These funds sponsored collaborative efforts to assess the representation of Black, Latinx/e/o/a, and Asian communities within our paper and photograph archives, and our three dimensional object and textile collections.
Grant Period: 2021-2022
HNY SHARP Recovery Grant
These funds were used in tandem with the $36,000 American Rescue Plan grant funds from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support specific collaborations with the Southside Community Center, Latino Civic Association, and Ithaca Asian American Association to make our collections more representative of the full histories of Tompkins County. These funds sponsored collaborative efforts to assess the representation of Black, Latinx/e/o/a, and Asian communities within our paper and photograph archives, and our three dimensional object and textile collections. Additionally we will collaborate with each partner organization in creating public outreach strategies to address significant gaps in its historical record of Tompkins County.
Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility
The History Center (THC) selected as one of 98 museum partners in New York State to participate the IMLS CARES Act grant project. THC is using this opportunity to expand access to our Oral Histories of Tompkins County collections, focusing on processing and including those interviews that represent marginalized and under-represented stories and voices from Tompkins County.
- Oral History Collection Finding Aids, Stop and Listen to HERstory Oral History Experience
- Creation of new oral history collections: Black Voices in Tompkins County, Indigenous Voices in Tompkins County, Asian Diaspora in Tompkins County, Women's Voices, Religion & Belief in Tompkins County, Stories of Immigration, and Gender & Sexuality in Tompkins County.
Grant Period: 2020- September 2022
Award: Grant award in technology and staff training and support
NYSCA Recovery Fund Round Three
The NYSCA Recovery Funds will be used to support the research and exhibit curation of reCOUNT: Facing our Census. A museum wide exhibit which opened on April 1st 2022 exploring the narratives and histories captured by the census in Tompkins County across the decades.Press Release
MANY & NYSCA Partnership Grants Across NYS for Capacity Building
Capacity Building grants were awarded in amounts up to and including $5,000 to help museums respond to pandemic-related challenges, build financial stability, strengthen board and community engagement, update technology, support leadership, and change systems to address diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and justice.
The History Center used the awarded funds to purchase 5 new computers, replacing two staff computers, two computers for use in the Archives & Research Library, and one computer for our Exhibit Hall front desk.THC Press Release MANY/NYSCA Press Release