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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH 

MARCH

A Girl's Essay

"Boys are men that have not got as big as their papas, and girls are women that will be ladies by and by. Man was made before woman. When God looked at Adam, he said to himself: "Well, I think I can do better if I try again." And he made Eve. God liked Eve so much better than Adam that there have been more women than men. Boys are a trouble. They wear out everything but soap. If I had my way half the world would be girls, and the rest dolls. My papa is so nice that I think he must have been a little girl when he was a little boy. Man was made, and on the seventh he rested. Woman was then made, and she has never rested since."

- Mary Alexander's Scrapbook, Newfield, N.Y. (excerpted from "Women as Bright as Stars: The 19th Century Women of Newfield, New York" pg. x)

Learn about historic women in Tompkins County from the resources on our website, by visiting our Exhibit Hall, and through exploring our Archival Collections

Martha Van Rensselaer (1864-1932) was a prominent figure in the early twentieth century, distinguished for her contributions to women’s welfare and the health of families through her work in the field of Home Economics.

PRESENTATIONS & ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

Jacqueline E. Melton Scott (1937-2019) was an activist and educator born and raised in Ithaca, New York. "Mama" Scott was a teacher and family liaison at Beverly J. Martin from 1997-2017. Artwork by Maryam Adib (SmarfArt). 

RURAL VOICES IN TOMPKINS ON THE PATH TO WOMEN'S RIGHTS

These resources were created through a Humanities New York grant. 

**Thanks to a two-year (2021-2022) grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services, The History Center has been funded to make more of its oral history collections available remotely. Part of this project includes expanding virtual access and lesson plans for Local Sisters of Change, and HerStory Oral History Collections. Contact community@thehistorycenter.net to learn more. 

    WOMEN'S HISTORY LESSON PLANS 

    VIRTUAL EXHIBITS ON WOMEN'S HISTORY

    In addition to the displays at our museum on the Ithaca Commons, we're excited to share two interactive virtual exhibits that can be accessed from home or any learning space. Each exhibit features artifacts and research from The History Center archives as well as audio components. Overcoming Barriers to Vote: Woman Suffrage Movement in Tompkins County and Sisters of Change: Unsung Sheroes Whose Names Everyone Should Know.

    Virtual Lesson Plan Link - Overcoming Barriers to Vote: Woman Suffrage Movement in Tompkins County: One Hundred + 1 Years in the Making


    Virtual Lesson Plan link - Sisters of Change: Unsung Sheroes for Racial Justice Whose Names Everyone Should Know


    Follow #TompkinsWomen for posts highlighting women's history in Tompkins County. 

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    TOMPKINS COUNTY HISTORY RESEARCH WRITTEN BY WOMEN 

    Tompkins County is blessed with a phenomenal number of female educators, writers, philosophers, scientists, doctors, and researchers. This is only a tiny sampling of the body of work produced by female authors who have called Tompkins County home. These books can all be purchased through our online bookstore.  

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    Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

    110 North Tioga Street

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    Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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