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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-6pm. Review details on our Health & Safety practices. 

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2/21 - CHAT: Underground Railroad in Tompkins County w/ Gerard Aching

WHEN: Wednesday February 21st - 4:30-5:30pm

WHERE: CAP ArtSpace Gallery (First Floor) in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

PRESENTER: Gerard Aching

Join Dr. Gerard Aching as he shares about the launch of the Underground Railroad Hub ( and local efforts to preserve and make known Tompkins County’s history as part of the network to freedom in the 18th century.

No registration necessary.


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

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February 16th-28th we will be open 10am-6pm 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! 

Display of books from the History Center on a table with a sign reading "The Local History Collection"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. 


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A flyer advertising "History at Home", which reads "Downloadable home learning resources for children about local history! We have history, crafts, and building activities available.

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-6pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


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

Phone: 607-273-8284


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