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(History Forge: Connecting the Generations. The 1910 census for Ithaca is being transcribed by volunteers ranging in age from eight to eighty.)

From generation to generation people have been drawn to Tompkins County for a variety of reasons including the natural beauty, agriculture, business ventures, to unite with family members who emigrated here, new opportunities and education. The people who came each made their own connection to this place.

The legacy of their hard work is all around us. Their trails have become busy thoroughfares bringing people from across the nation and the world. Their schools are a testament to the value of education — from a tiny octagonal schoolhouse which after 180 years is still serving children, to a college and university that brings students from around the world.

The History Center uses the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present and play an informed role in shaping our shared future. We are here to help you engage with local history in order to connect and discover while building a foundation for new legacies for future generations. Help us continue our work as a dynamic generation-to-generation education and research center. 


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 The History Center takes an active role in applying the lessons of our collections and archives to provide a sense of place for our communities, and a context for contemporary civic decisions. Your support will ensure robust core initiatives and programs including the John Marcham Research Library, the Eight Square Schoolhouse and ongoing exhibits. Your contributions will also energize newer initiatives such as HistoryForge, oral histories, heritage tourism, and celebrating the county’s bicentennial and women’s suffrage.


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