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Ben Sandberg Executive Director

Phone: (607) 273-8284 x 222


Pronouns: He/Him/His

Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Ben joined The History Center team in August 2019. He brings over a decade of well-traveled experience working and leading cultural institutions. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. His strategic vision is grounded in the belief that history - especially local history - is the connective tissue of communities. It is a singularly powerful tool for examining community issues today, and developing equitable solutions for the future. He is passionate about the accessibility of cultural institutions, and strives towards a world where everyone has a right to access and shape their community's cultural output. He is an accomplished industrial artist, pianist, and a fervent advocate of T. Roosevelt's "Strenuous Life" mantra.

Ben also serves on the Board of Directors for the Discovery Trail (Treasurer), Tompkins County Historical Commission, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and Tompkins Connect

Donna Eschenbrenner Director of Archives and Research Services

Phone: (607) 273-8284 x 224


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office: First Floor of Tompkins Center for History & Culture within the Research Library

Donna began working at The History Center (then called the DeWitt Historical Society) in 1999 as a volunteer in the archives. She later worked on cataloging and rehousing artifacts for the Historic Treasures Unwrapped! project, and became archivist in 2001, where she has been ever since. Her primary goal is to make The History Center's diverse collections as accessible as possible. In addition to managing the Archives and Cornell Local History Research Library, she enjoys teaching archival workshops and fostering a love for historical materials in students and researchers of all ages. 

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu Curator

Phone: (607) 273-8284 x 223

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office: First Floor of Tompkins Center for History & Culture within the Research Library

Cindy is originally from Texas and has been living in New York for over 20 years. With a background in Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Media Arts. She especially enjoys working with students involved in community based projects. Building off of the knowledge of design, her passion is using digital technology channels and history as a way to unite and expose the cultural relationships that make up communities.

Cindy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dryden Town Historical Society.

Jane Koestler, Youth Educator & Eight Square Schoolhouse Coordinator


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Jane joined The History Center as a part-time educator in 2023 and transitioned to this position after working two seasons as a schoolmarm at our Eight Square Schoolhouse. Jane earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, M.S. from SUNY College at Cortland, and National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2017. She is also a New York Master Teacher, Emeritus. She taught 3rd-6th grade students during her 33-year tenure as a teacher, primarily working for the Ithaca City School District. She and her husband have two grown children, live in the country near Trumansburg, and recently helped her parents relocate to Ithaca. They have a large garden, and she is chief harvester and processor at “Fat Rabbit Farm”. Outside of work, she loves reading, singing, and walking, and participates in two monthly book groups. She is excited to join the staff at The History Center to create and facilitate educational opportunities for children and youth in our community.

Eve Snyder PhD, Historian & Project Director of HistoryForge


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

HistoryForge volunteer since 2018, Eve joined The History Center staff  in October of 2019 as the Project Coordinator for HistoryForge under a 2-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives (NARA). Eve transitioned into the role of Historian for THC in 2022. Eve received her Ph.D. in United States History from Binghamton University. During her graduate studies, she developed a passion for the digital humanities as a tool for increasing public engagement in history. A native of New York City, Eve inherited her love of history from her father, a historian of American Christmas traditions. 

Eve also serves on the Tompkins County Historical Commission. 

Zoë Van Nostrand Marketing & Community Engagement

     MARCH 2024 IS ZOE'S LAST MONTH AT THE HISTORY CENTER! Wish her well as she moves to a new position .        

Phone: (607) 273-8284 x 229

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Zoë began in the role of Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator in the fall of 2019. With a childhood spent reading fantasy novels in the forests of Ithaca, and listening to Haudenosaunee legends on the shores of Seneca Lake, Zoë’s roots in this region grow deep. After completing degrees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Trinity College Dublin/University College Dublin, both with a focus on human rights and social movements, she returned home eager to tame her wanderlust of the wide world with her deep love of the Finger Lakes.

Past adventures have found her volunteering with rescued elephants in Thailand, baking bread in Peru, and harvesting honey in New Zealand. Since returning home she’s coordinated child sexual abuse prevention programs with the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, built multiple websites for Ithaca-based businesses and local artists, and worked on local vineyards and farms. She enjoys sharing her love of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by connecting more people to the rich history of this land and its peoples. 

Zoë is also the Community Coordinator for the ARQbarn in Mecklenburg, and on the Board of Directors for the Ithaca Public Education Initiative and Ithaca Murals

The History Center in Tompkins County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The History Center in Tompkins County complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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110 North Tioga Street

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