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The list below includes websites built to share specific aspects of Tompkins County history. Most projects engaged with and utilized archival materials and knowledge from The History Center in Tompkins County and Historic Ithaca archival collections, but were developed and maintained by groups and individuals independent from our organizations*. The research compiled remains available at the web pages below, but not all the pages are considered active projects in the community. If you're looking for active local history groups and projects explore here.  

*The History Center in Tompkins County cannot guarantee the historical accuracy of these projects, and any views shared in them are not representative of The History Center's policies or approach to historic research and archival work. 


Tompkins County Rural Black Residents Project (2021-Present)

The Tompkins County Rural Black Residents Project (the TCRBR Project for short) merges history, genealogy, census records, and maps to spatially contextualize the stories of rural black residents in Tompkins County between 1820 & 1870.



Bill Hecht's Scanned Images for Tompkins County

Local resident Bill Hecht has amassed an impressive index of hundreds of scanned images including: Maps, Gazettes, Stereo Views, Photographs, Postcards, View Books, Newspaper Articles, Books, and more concerning Tompkins County. 

Bill Hecht's Scanned Images for Tompkins County


THIS IS ITHACA (2019-Present)

THIS is Ithaca is a podcast series that highlights different residents living in the small, college town of Ithaca, located in upstate New York. Each episode is a 10-15 minute audio portraita glimpse into the life of an individual. It's their words describing their lives, their work, and their thoughts on community. This series began in 2019 and episodes premiered on WRFI and other streaming services.

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Stories from Inside” is a project and website created by the History Center Youth Ambassadors to present selected stories of Tompkins County residents during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. The website includes diaries, press releases, photographs, poetry, and more from people across the community, including students, teachers, business owners, and local government officials. This project was created by the History Center Tompkins County’s Youth Ambassador Program and the submissions used in the website are included in our COVID-19 in Tompkins County Archival Collection.




Ithaca Heritage was an heritage tourism initiative made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts from. This initiative included programs such as the Tompkins County Heritage Ambassadors, the Ithaca Heritage blog, and events and materials like the Ithaca Heritage PocketSights Tours, and annual Historic Pub Crawl were co-created by Historic Ithaca, Visit Ithaca, The History Center in Tompkins County, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

The Ithaca Heritage website was taken down in 2021. The content of the website is held by Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County, and the tours developed under the project are available on the PocketSights app.


ITHACA BUILDS (2013-2016)

Ithaca Builds ran from 2013-2016 as a platform for residents to explore, learn about, and discuss development in the Ithaca area. Articles were researched and written about historic structures and renovations for: Sage Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, Tompkins County Courthouse & Old Jail, The Boardman House, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.




The Cayuga Heights History Project was founded in 2013 to launch historic preservation efforts within the Village of Cayuga Heights, Ithaca, in honor of its centennial. The program collected house histories, preserved public and private documentary and material sources, researched the history of the village through its living residents and built structures, and collaborated with community partners to share information about Cayuga Heights history.


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