The History Center’s is committed to making history “real” and meaningful by underscoring how past events shape present realities.
While the focus of our programs is the history of Tompkins County, we strive to tie local developments to the nation’s history.
To this end, our programs are student-centered, use primary sources and original artifacts where appropriate, and seek to strengthen the general public’s knowledge of the issues which define our times, as well as fostering an appreciation for the past.
In addition to our living history program at the Eight Square Schoolhouse, we host field trips, homeschool groups, collaborative programming, and coordinate with local educators.
Our programs and exhibits are open to youth of all abilities. If you have a child with sensory sensitivities or physical needs please contact us for program specific details and accessibility options.
For more information on any of our programs, or to schedule a visit, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-273-8284 ext. 229
Available Activities for All Ages (3-103):
Explore our History at Home activity sets for local history learning adventures!
EXPLORE THE MUSEUM ACTIVITY CRATES
Add adventure and fun to your museum visit by reserving one of our Explore the Museum Activity Crates! Filled with puzzles, books, crafting projects, coloring pages, and scavenger hunts for the museum.
Activity Crates can be checked out for $5 when scheduling your visit through our booking site FareHarbor.
HEALTH & SAFETY: Following each use crates and activities will be quarantined for 3 days before going through a full sanitation process. Thanks to grant funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, we were able to purchase multiple sets of activities in each crate, allowing us to rotate them while maintaining necessary health and safety standards.
These materials were purchased with funds from a New York State Council on the Arts 2020 Youth Programming grant.
Enjoy story time during your museum visit! We have over 30 children's book titles related to local history available at our front desk! Books cover a range of topics and reading levels.
Children and families can "check out" up to three books to read during their visit. Check the front jacket cover for information about how these books connect to Tompkins County history!
All books must be returned before you leave. Thank you to local booksellers Autumn Leaves Used Books and Buffalo Street Books for providing us with such a wonderful selection!
LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH