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Ithaca Loves Teachers and so does The History Center in Tompkins County! Teachers are invited to book private visits to our Exhibit Hall on the Ithaca Commons, claim FREE local history books from our collections, and sign up for our in-person educator events from February 11th-28th 2023. 

Learn more and register for Ithaca Loves Teachers here:

Book a private visit to The History Center Exhibit Hall on the Ithaca Commons. Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Review details on our Health & Safety practices. 

2/23- Open Spaces Cider Tasting Pop-up @Tompkins Center

WHEN: Thursday February 23rd - 3-6pm - Walk-ins welcome!

    Join Melissa Madden from Open Spaces Cider for an artisanal Finger Lakes cider tasting and explore our new exhibit 'Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County.'

    WHERE: First Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

    2/25 - Private Quilt Appraisal w/ Cathy Klimaszewski

    WHEN: Saturday February 25th - Appointments MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE - Appraisal appointments cost $40


    WHERE: Joe Mareane Conference Room (Second Floor) in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

    PRESENTER: Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski

    Each appointment slot is 30 minutes. Appraisals are completed in private with the owner. The quilt is examined, measured, and photographed. Cathy then conducts research to determine the current fair market value for the quilt. Completed written appraisal is sent to the owner within two weeks.

    Limited appointments are available Saturday Feb 25th, if there is a lot of interest, we will host another appraisal program in the spring.

    Cathy Rosa Klimaszewski is a professional quilt appraiser, educator, and consultant. She has curated numerous quilt exhibitions shown at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, including shows that traveled to the Brandywine River Museum, New York State Museum, and Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University. Klimaszewski also presents quilt lectures and has taught classes related to quilt history, design, and care. She is retired from her position as Associate Director/Harriet Ames Charitable Trust Curator of Education at the Johnson Museum after 32 years with the institution. Klimaszewski received a B.F.A. in Art Education and a M.F.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University where she also took studio courses in fiber and textile arts. She has attended the American Quilter’s Society Appraisal Skills courses in Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI.


    Private Museum Visits for Teachers!

    Schedule a private museum visit for a group of your choosing at The History Center in Tompkins County!

    Engage and learn about Tompkins County history in a safe, sanitized, and secure museum setting for your Ithaca Loves Teachers pod. Book in advance at

    February 16th-28th we will be open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Saturday. Requested $5 donation for each adult in the visiting group (up to 10 people per group).

    Win a Box of Books for Your Classroom or Learning Space! 

    ILT participants could win a box of books for their school or classroom! Box options are: "The Local History Shelf" (15 titles covering a range of local history topics) or "The Classroom Set" (25-50 copies of Cayuga Lake, Towns of Tompkins County, One Day in Ithaca, Images of Rural Life, or Architectural Heritage in Tompkins County - winners choice). Winners will be selected on March 3rd 2022.

    Enter your name or school to win by visiting The History Center in Tompkins County on the Ithaca Commons February 11th-28th during our open hours

    Two Free Books for Teachers! 

    All ILT participants are invited to claim two free Tompkins County history books at The History Center in Tompkins County. Seven titles will be available. Show your ILT pass to museum staff at the front desk between February 12th-28th to claim your titles from our museum on the Ithaca Commons. 

    Educator Book Specials on Local History!

    Go to to take advantage of our "Educator Specials" limited sales! For only $25 you can purchase 10 copies of Architectural Heritage of Tompkins County, Cayuga Lake: Past, Present, and Future, or Farmboy. For $20 buy the Learning & Activity Collection for Homeschoolers which includes 2 books and 3 History at Home printed activity guides!

    Purchases must be picked up at The History Center in Tompkins County on the Ithaca Commons. 


    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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    Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

    Phone: 607-273-8284


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