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Although Ithaca might be better known for its gorges, vibrant community, and colleges, it also holds a macabre past. Find yourself face to face with the most haunted archival items in our collections (original murder masks, and items from unsolved crimes!) and explore the Haunted History of Downtown Ithaca with Heritage Ambassadors Sherri La Torre and Ben Sandberg.

Dive into true stories of murder, jealousy, and insanity drawn directly from our archival collections. This program is for ages 16 to 116.


Haunted History Tours

BOOK HAUNTED HISTORY early! These tours fill up fast! Eight dates available. Tours begin at 6 or 7:30pm on each date. 

2023 Tour Dates

October 13th and 14th

October 19th, 20th, and 21st

October 26th, 27th and 28th

Two Late Night tours starting at 9pm are being offered for the 1st time on Saturday October 21st and October 28th.

Tickets are $15/person. Walking tour takes approximately 1-hour.


Cemetery Scavenger Hunt!

Download and complete our Cemetery  Scavenger Hunt in your own time. Booklets can be picked up from The History Center on the Ithaca Common.

Self-guided field trip activity set that can be completed at any cemetery in Tompkins County. Includes pre and post-visit reflection questions, a vocabulary guide, 3-page Cemetery Scavenger Hunt, and a short history of local cemeteries. Please practice respectful Cemetery Etiquette during your visit.

Haunted History tour pictures by Casey Martin, 2022


TRUE CRIME Exhibit from the Archives - Exhibit Hall

Did you know that The History Center Archives include items from unsolved murders from the 1920's? Or the final look from  our most infamous serial killer - the last man hanged in the State of New York.

Visit The History Center Exhibit Hall - September 21st-October 31st - for this limited time exhibit of the most haunted and disturbing items in our collections. 

How did the Village of Dryden become infamously known as the 'Village of the Damned'?

Why does Cornell have the brain of a known serial killer in its collections?

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


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Phone: 607-273-8284


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