Historical societies and other community groups are independent organizations created through shared interests in the Tompkins County community. The History Center supports the programming and provides meeting spaces for some of these organizations but is not the coordinator or originator of the various societies. You can also explore our Community Partners page to learn more. 

Are you part of a local historical group that isn't listed? Please email with your information to be listed on this page. We also welcome historical groups and societies looking for meeting spaces to contact us about available event spaces at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture


Interested in your family's history? Not quite sure where to start? Join the The Tompkins County Genealogy Society. The Genealogy Society was formed in 2018 to support genealogists researching their families in Tompkins County and elsewhere. The Society brings together a network of researchers, facilitates access to resources and best practices, and provides programming that draws upon research expertise and personal experiences. They meet monthly to share resources, ideas and create time and space to trace their own family histories.


Facebook Group: Tompkins County Genealogical Society

Meeting: Third Wednesday of each month in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture


The Cornell Railroad Historical Society is both a local organization and is also a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. We are interested in railroads, chiefly, but not exclusively railroads of the United States, their operations, equipment, history. We tend to concentrate on local railroads, most of which involved Ezra Cornell in their early days, especially the Lehigh Valley Railroad. We take our name from Ezra, since we are not officially connected with the university of his name. Our meetings are open to the general public, but we welcome anyone to become a member, either of our local group, or also of the National organization. Our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month, feature presentations on such things as rail history, rail travel, model railroading and rail collectibles.  Our July meeting is a picnic held at a location adjacent to a rail line in this region and we do not meet in August. Members receive a newsletter ten times a year.


Meeting: Second Tuesday of each month in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

Temple Beth-El on the intersection of Tioga and Court Streets in Ithaca, NY, ca. 1930s. Photo from the Collection of The History Center.


At least one member of our families survived the Holocaust. They emigrated to safety prior to, during, or after World War II. The overall focus of this group is an exploration of our family's relationship to the Holocaust and how our ancestors and how we have been, or continue to be impacted. Some of us are interested in Social Action, some in Holocaust Education, and some in Intergenerational issues. Many of us are interested in aspects of all three areas or their intersection.

Learn more about the group here on the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community website.

Contact them here to learn about meeting times, they generally meet once a month at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

Finger Lakes Finns

Facebook: Finger Lakes Finns

Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association


Facebook Group:

The Cayuga Heights History Project


Facebook: The Cayuga Heights History Project

Newfield Historical Society 


Facebook: Newfield Historical Society, Newfield NY

Lansing Historical Association


Ulysses Historical Society


Facebook: Ulysses Historical Society


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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Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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