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Public programs and meetings as listed on the calendar will be held at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, New York on the Ithaca Commons, unless otherwise noted.

Exhibit Hall Open Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11-5pm - Thursday 11-7pm - Sunday 12-4pm

The Cornell Local History Research Library is open Tuesday through Saturday 11-5pm. Find more visitor information here.

You can learn about upcoming History Center events on our Facebook events page.

For information about public events in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture.

For information about the current exhibit in the CAP Artspace

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 2020

Sisters of Change Exhibit Unveiling & Reception

Thursday, January 23rd, 5:30-7pm
Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 N. Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850 - 
Atrium & Exhibit Hall (First Floor)

"Dorothy Cotton and Unsung Sheroes for Racial Justice, Human Rights and the Vote, whose names everyone ought to know" is a four-month long celebration of themes central to the work and legacy of civil rights leader Dorothy Foreman Cotton. Dorothy Cotton was Education Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) from 1961-1970. She was the only woman on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Executive Committee and was a close colleague and friend of his. A keystone of her work with SCLC was the Citizenship Education Program (CEP). CEP trained thousands of people throughout the southern states to know their constitutional rights, and how to create effective community-based strategies for non-violent direct action. She served as the Director of Student Activities at Cornell University from 1982-1991 and lived in Ithaca until her death in 2018. 
 
Dr. Cotton was always quick to point out that beside the highly visible and charismatic men who were seen as leaders of the Freedom Movement there were many extraordinary yet unrecognized women who not only began but also sustained the Civil Rights Movement thorough savvy, persistent community building and tremendous personal courage and sacrifice. From January-April 2020 the Atrium Tower in the lobby of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture will be a display honoring Dorothy's life and legacy, and that of other unrecognized civil rights sheroes. This exhibit and series of events is a collaborative effort between the Dorothy Cotton Institute and The History Center in Tompkins County. 
 

February 2020

Ithaca Loves Teachers Week - February 14th-23rd


The History Center in Tompkins County is thrilled to welcome educators from across the country to Ithaca for this week of entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community. Registration links for each event can be found in their calendar listing below. All listed events will take place at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture at 110 N. Tioga St, Ithaca NY 14850 on the Ithaca Commons. 

Stop by The History Center in Tompkins County any time during our open hours to pick up your free book on local history! Seven titles to choose from! 

2/16 From Seeds to Wisdom - Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles Family Program - 12:30 - 2pm
2/17 Henry Hinckleys Chocolate Affair - Wine & Chocolate Pairing @ Ports of New York Winery - 4:30-7pm ($10 tickets must be purchased in advance)
2/18 Ithaca Heritage Guided Tours of the History Center Museum and Exhibit Hall- 1-2pm
2/19 Ithaca Kitty Loves Teachers Sew Your Own - 9:30am-12:30pm - ($20 materials fee, must pre-register)
2/21 Ithaca Heritage Guided Tours of the History Center Museum and Exhibit Hall - 11:30-12:30pm
2/22 Ithaca Heritage Guided Tours of the History Center Museum and Exhibit Hall - 11:30-12:30pm
2/22 Cider Tasting Event at The History Center of Tompkins County

Please register for events at their link on the calendar below. 

 

Events Calendar

History Forge Transcription Bee- Volunteer Opportunity
January 18th, 2020
Come volunteer with HistoryForge at The History Center!

Genealogy Society Meeting - Family Tree 101
January 22nd, 2020
Tompkins County Genealogy Society meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Sisters of Change: Dorothy Cotton and Unsung Sheroes for Racial Justice - Exhibit Opening
January 23rd, 2020
The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) and the Tompkins Center for History & Culture (more...)

History Forge Transcription Bee- Volunteer Opportunity
February 1st, 2020
Come volunteer with HistoryForge at The History Center!

Exhibit Hall Closed 3-5pm for Volunteer Appreciation Event
February 1st, 2020
History Center Exhibit Hall is CLOSED 3-5pm

Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Meeting
February 2nd, 2020
Open to second and third generation descendants of Holocaust survivors living in (more...)

First Friday Gallery Night
February 7th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

History Forge Transcription Bee- Volunteer Opportunity
February 15th, 2020
Come volunteer with HistoryForge at The History Center!

Henry Hinckley's Chocolate Affair
February 17th, 2020
Wine and chocolate pairing fundraiser.

Ithaca Loves Teachers - Ithaca Heritage Guided Tour
February 18th, 2020
Ithaca Loves Teachers Event

Ithaca Kitty Loves Teachers - Sew Your Own
February 19th, 2020
Ithaca Loves Teachers Event

Ithaca Loves Teachers - Ithaca Heritage Guided Tour
February 21st, 2020
Ithaca Loves Teachers Event

Ithaca Loves Teachers - Ithaca Heritage Guided Tour
February 22nd, 2020
Ithaca Loves Teachers Event

First Friday Gallery Night
March 6th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

History Forge Transcription Bee- Volunteer Opportunity
March 14th, 2020
Come volunteer with HistoryForge at The History Center!

History Forge Transcription Bee- Volunteer Opportunity
March 28th, 2020
Come volunteer with HistoryForge at The History Center!

First Friday Gallery Night
April 3rd, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

History Forge Transcription Bee - Volunteer Opportunity
April 11th, 2020
Volunteer with HistoryForge!

History Forge Transcription Bee - Volunteer Opportunity
April 25th, 2020
Volunteer with HistoryForge!

First Friday Gallery Night
May 1st, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
June 5th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
July 3rd, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
August 7th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
September 4th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
October 2nd, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
November 6th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

First Friday Gallery Night
December 4th, 2020
Extended hours until 8pm

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