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CHAT - Is the Ithaca kitty the first calico cat?

  • Wed, April 26, 2023
  • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
  • Tompkins Center for History & Culture

CHAT: Is the Ithaca kitty the first calico cat? w/ Zoë Van Nostrand

WHEN: Wednesday April 26th - 5:15-6:15pm

WHERE: CAP ArtSpace Gallery (First Floor) in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons - 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

PRESENTER: Zoë Van Nostrand

Join us for a CHAT (Community History Across Tompkins) round-table presentation and discussion with Zoë Van Nostrand on her recent research and discovery on if the proliferation of the popular Tabby Cat/Ithaca Kitty in the early 20th century is what created and popularized the term "calico cat."

Presentation followed by round-table discussion on how a woven cotton fabric became short-hand for a  multi-colored cat. 

No registration necessary.

COVID-19 POLICY - The History Center will follow the most up to date guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department. Our organization is a mask friendly space and encourage visitors to practice what is most comfortable to them regarding mask wearing. Learn more at

The program is offered through the CHAT (Community History Across Tompkins) program series for informal presentations by citizen historians. See other upcoming CHAT's at

This event is brought to you through the 'Knot Sew Fast: Patchwork of Tompkins County' exhibit, on display February-August 2023. Learn more at

This event will take place in the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ' Nation (Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more at

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Territory


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