Welcome! The History Center is requesting that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols to keep all our visitors safe.
The Eight Square Schoolhouse Living History program is designed for fourth grades and home school groups. Step back in time to 1892 and experience a school-day in this one-room school building built in 1827. Use pre- and post-trip supplementary materials to dig deeper. Questions students will explore: What was it like for children to attend a rural one room school in the late 19th century? What is the purpose of education? How does this history impact who I am today?
The History Center partners with Kids Discover the Trail! to offer this program to 4th grade students in Tompkins County public schools.
The program is also available for homeschool groups, private and charter schools. Contact us to learn more!
Visit The History Center with your class! Explore local history and make connections to your classroom curriculum. Open to grades pre-K through 12. Field trips explore our Exhibit Hall and Research Library and can include topics such as: Haudenosaunee history & culture, the Tommy Plane and local inventions, the People of Tompkins County, Maps throughout Tompkins County history, and more. We can also design a program with you to meet your classroom needs. Field trips offered to public school students support classes in meeting NYS Social Studies Framework.
*Due to physical distancing guidelines and field trip restrictions The History Center has created a Eight Square Virtual E-Field Trip option for classrooms, and homeschool groups.
College/University Professors: Partner with The History Center to bring local history into your course. Options include: bring your students to The History Center for a tour, collaborate with us as a community partner for a community-engaged course, or develop a research project utilizing our archives and collections. Let us know what your ideas are!
Examples of past and current collaborations include:
Oral History Fellows from Cornell Univeristy - Spring Semester 2020
Tompkins County's Attic by Ferme Productions
Interviews with Donna Eschenbrenner, Ben Sandberg , and Gene Endres (long time volunteer at The History Center and former local journalist) in the winter of 2020.
Video has been shared here with Antonio Ferme's permission.