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Finding Aid Project - History Center Archives 

Delmas Foundation awarded a total of $17,565 to The History Center in Tompkins County to support improving remote access to the museums valuable collections through the creation of Finding Aids.

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Project Results:

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Grant Period: 2021- March 2022

Award: $17,565

HistoryForge Project

The National Historical Public Records Commission, a branch of the National Archives and Records Administration, announced the award of a Public Engagement with Historic Records Grant in support of HistoryForge. HistoryForge is a dynamic web environment that combines digitized census records with historic map and building records. This grant will augment the platform with user-generated content, and integration of other archival materials into the platform. 

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Project Examples: Completion of 1940 census transcription for City of Ithaca


Grant Period: 2019-2020 *Extension granted for 2021

Award: $132,946

HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grant

Humanities New York awards $10,000 in HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grant funds to THC. Funds used for ongoing archival work and developing new methods for engaging the public with archival materials. 

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Project Examples:

Virtual youth programs: Ithaca Drag Story Hour, Music of Central NY w/ Dave Ruch

Grant Period: July 2020-June 2021

Award: $10,000

CARES - Youth Program Resiliency, and Community Archives & Exhibits

The National Endowment for the Humanities awards Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) grant to THC. Grant funds provide support for a selection of fall (2020) humanities programs, ongoing archival work, and the creation of supplemental digital content for the Exhibit Hall. 

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Project Results:

Grant Period: June 2020-December 2020 

Award: $79,814

Technology & Digitization Grant - HistoryForge Project

Award: $3,000

Grant Period: 2019-2020 - Completed August 2021

South Central Regional Library Council awarded a $3,000 Technology & Digitization Grant to The History Center in Tompkins County to digitize historical photographs, maps, and Ithaca City Directories from the History Center's collection in support of HistoryForge

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Project Examples:

- Example building listing on HistoryForge: Southside Community Center 305 S. Plain St

Telling Histories: Women’s Oral History Project 

Grant Period: 2019

The City Federation of Women's Organizations Women Building Community grant awarded funds to The History Center to support young women ages 14-19 in exploring and uncovering hidden or untold histories about girls and women in Tompkins County. The participants will explore themes and question what matters to them in their communities, be trained on how to conduct oral history interviews, and each will interview an adult woman in the community related to their personal interests. They will transcribe their interviews and create an archival copy of the audio interviews.

Project Result: HERSTORY: Generation to Generation Women's Oral History Project

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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

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Phone: 607-273-8284


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