STORIES OF IMMIGRATION TO TOMPKINS COUNTY
Oral History Collection
The History Center in Tompkins County’s Oral History Program collects, preserves, and amplifies the stories of our local community.
The Stories of Immigration to Tompkins County Oral History Collection was established in 2021 to highlight interviews and stories in our archives that explore the experiences of first generation immigrants to Tompkins County and the United States, and their descendants. The topics of these interviews explore a wide range of experiences, community, and cultures. The stories shared may have been guided by the specific project the interview was recorded for. This collection will continue to expand as our Oral History archives continue to grow.
Visit our Exhibit Hall to hear oral history clips in our Story Vault exhibit!
Abner Argueta was interviewed in 2019 as part of the Immigration & Food Oral History Project.
FEATURED ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS
Tal Oron Cohen was one of ten immigrants interviewed in 2019 as part of the Immigration & Food - Generation to Generation Oral History Project. This project highlighted individuals and families who had immigrated to Tompkins County and started local food related businesses. Cohen lived in Israel, Denmark, and New Mexico before coming to Ithaca in 2006.
The 1985-1985 Hungarian Immigrant Project is a series of interview narratives compiled by Eniko Farkas and Betty Whipple of first-person interviews with Hungarian immigrants who settled in Tompkins County in the twentieth century. These include narratives from Hungarians born in the 1880's before the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
ORAL HISTORY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WHO SETTLED IN TOMPKINS COUNTY
The Oral History of Holocaust Survivors Who Settled in Tompkins County was a nine year project of the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community, and processed by the Roy H. Park Scholar Program at Ithaca College. The collection includes eleven recordings of family members interviewing parents and grandparents about their experiences growing up Jewish in various European countries and the impacts of WWII, the Holocaust, and later immigration to the United States. Eight of these interviews have accompanying curriculum guides to support further learning and exploration on these topics in classrooms and educational spaces.