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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 virtual educator events from February 12th-28th. 

Learn more and register for Ithaca Loves Teachers here:


Book a private visit to The History Center in Tompkins County on the Ithaca Commons. Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Review details on our Health & Safety practices. 
2/17 - Teachers Learn to Fly with Tommy - Virtual Event - 2-3pm
Tune in for the online premiere of our new video series "Learning to Fly with Tommy." Learning to Fly with Tommy is a five-part video series made for young learners to explore history through the guise of being a student in 1918 at the Thomas Morse School of Aviation. The screening of five episodes will take a little under an hour. Perfect for an afternoon at home or in your hotel room cozied up with a discounted Ithaca Loves Teachers beverage or take-out meal! This learning series is intended for elementary school age classrooms and learning spaces.

Topics covered: Thomas Morse Airplane Company, Wharton Brothers Film Studios (silent film history in Ithaca), WWII, early American astronomy, history of aviation in the early 20th century. 
Program will be streamed through Zoom. Register in advance here.
2/20 - HistoryForge Transcription Session - 11am-1pm
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.

Cemetery Scavenger Hunt - This is a DIY  outdoor and distanced adventure! Pick up a booklet from The History Center, or download or print here. Head to any cemetery in Tompkins County for an afternoon graveyard adventure!

2/24 - Teach with The History Center (Virtual) - 2-3pm
The History Center in Tompkins County has a wealth of learning materials available for educators! Tune in for this 1 hour virtual program and learn how to access and use our virtual archival materials, activities, experiences, and field trip options with your students. This program is great for educators based in Tompkins County or who are teaching about the history of Central New York. 

Topics Covered: HistoryForge database - 20th century census and building records for the City of Ithaca, Oral History collections, Holocaust Education Curriculum, New York Heritage Digital Collections, Video Learning Series, 1892 Eight Square Schoolhouse E-fieldtrip (Kids Discover the Trail experience)History at Home - Activities & remote field trips, Introduction to Archival Collections for elementary learners. 

Program will be streamed through Zoom. Register in advance here.


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 12th-28th we will be open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday. Requested $5 donation for each adult in the visiting group (up to 10 people per group).Review our Health & Safety Guidelines at Activities (scavenger hunt, coloring sheets and more!) available from the front desk on request. Questions regarding our health and sanitation protocols can be sent to Z at

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 1st. Enter your name to win by visiting The History Center in Tompkins County on the Ithaca Commons February 12th-28th during our open hours

2 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

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell 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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