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The History Center is a space for learning and exploration. We regularly partner with local historical societies and community groups for presentations, events, and in designing curricula, activities, and tours on local history.

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Our Youth Education program hosts monthly events for school age children, in addition to our living history Eight Square Schoolhouse programs which run in the spring semester. 

Explore our Events Calendar for upcoming programs, and sign up for our newsletter to keep up on the latest in local history research and events. 

We also welcome you to visit the Exhibit Hall and Research Library to learn from our current exhibits and delve into the nooks and crannies of Tompkins County's long history. 

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 A black and white image of chairs in a circle. In the background there is an empty fireplace and people sitting along the wall.The History Center’s Youth Education Department is committed to making history “real” and meaningful by underscoring how past events shape present realities.

While the focus of our programs is the history of Tompkins County, we strive to tie local developments to the nation’s history.

To this end, our programs are student-centered, use primary sources and original artifacts where appropriate, and seek to strengthen the general public’s knowledge of the issues which define our times, as well as fostering an appreciation for the past.

In addition to our living history program at the Eight Square Schoolhouse, we host field trips, home-school groups, collaborative programming, and coordinate with local educators. 

For more information on any of these programs, or to schedule a program, contact:

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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