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POSTPONED - P.L.A.C.E. Textile & Garment Workers Through HistoryForge

  • Wed, June 07, 2023
  • 5:15 PM
  • Virtual

              THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED         

Please contact to be notified of the rescheduled date. 


P.L.A.C.E. Textile & Garment Workers Through HistoryForge w/ Eve Snyder

WHEN: Rescheduled Date TBA - Wednesday June 7th, 5:15-6pm

WHERE: CAP ArtSpace, Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 N Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850

PRESENTER: Eve Snyder, HistoryForge Project Director

Where was the Pocketbook Factory? Who were the sewing machine agents of the 20th century and what can they tell us about home sewing habits? How can you identify a Ithacan from 1890 who held the patent for more than 27 toy designs, but has no occupation code on her census sheet? 

Join Eve Snyder into an exploration for how we can use the wealth of information available on the Tompkins County HistoryForge project ( to discover and understand the role of textile manufacturers, home sewing, and the exclusion of "women's work" in the census records of Tompkins County. Inspired by our current exhibit Knot Sew Fast Eve will share methods on how to use HistoryForge as a hyper-local research tool, and highlight some unknown stories of local workers and industries along the way.

Join Eve Snyder, HistoryForge’s Director, to learn more about this unique project and how to use it to research occupation and industry in Tompkins County. PhD Eve Snyder is the Historian at The History Center in Tompkins County (THC) and the Project Director for THC’s open-source community digital history project, HistoryForge. During her graduate studies, she developed a passion for the digital humanities as a tool for increasing public engagement in history.

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

P.L.A.C.E. (People, Land, Architecture, Culture, Enterprise) Programs offer a wide range of engagement approaches to the rich history of our community, and offer different ways to explore and understand our region. 

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. Please contact us ahead of time if you would like virtual access to this program. 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

About HistoryForge

HistoryForge is a digital history project from The History Center in Tompkins County which combines historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Ithaca, creating a way to visualize the history of Ithaca in the early 1900s. Learn more about the project here and the start of our database creation.

Not available Saturdays but interested?
Contact Eve at

The HistoryForge project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

The HistoryForge: Mapping Census Data to Visualize Local History grant was awarded in 2022-2024 through NEH's Digital Humanities Advancement Grant program. The project was also selected to receive funding through NEH's A More Perfect Union initiative.

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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