The History Center’s Education Department 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.
Primary Programs are designed for second through fifth graders. Educational Loan materials are designed for multiple ages, including middle school students. Our summer Youth Camp is designed for eight through twelve year-olds, and our summer Archaeology Field School is designed for teens through adults.
Eight Square Schoolhouse classes are limited to 25 students and 4 adults. Downtown museum groups are generally limited to 15-20 students and 4 adults, unless otherwise noted. Fees are noted at the end of each class description. Classes are generally available Monday through Friday, and a 4 week notice is required. Educational Loan materials require a 2 week notice.
The Schoolhouse is closed for the season. It will reopen in April 2019.
1748 Hanshaw Road, Dryden, NY 13053
1/4mile off Route 13, 1 1/2 miles off Route 366
To learn more about the Eight Square Schoolhouse and Youth Education Programs, contact
Julia Taylor, Youth Educator
EightSquare@TheHistoryCenter.net -- (607) 273-8284 x 229