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Exhibitions

We have several permanent exhibit installations:

Check out our children’s hands-on space Life in the 1890s. Put on period clothing, sit at Eightsquare School House desks and write on old slates, use an antique cash register. Learn about life in the late 19th century through play.

Familiar Faces is a wonderful collection of photographs of interesting people. Find Ithaca’s first African American policeman and Hungarian immigrants; a notorious murderer and Ezra Cornell; and many more, all offering a diverse look at the people who came before us in Tompkins County.

Our StoryA Timeline of Tompkins County History tells the story of the county from geological times to the 21st century in words and images.

Our Community celebrates the organizations and institutions that show the diversity of Tompkins County people at work and play, and in service to each other.

 

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The History Center has a variety of permanent and rotating exhibitions.
We have several permanent exhibit installations:

Check out our children’s hands-on space Life in the 1890s. Put on period clothing, sit at Eightsquare School House desks and write on old slates, use an antique cash register. Learn about life in the late 19th century through play.

Familiar Faces is a wonderful collection of photographs of interesting people. Find Ithaca’s first African American policeman and Hungarian immigrants; a notorious murderer and Ezra Cornell; and many more, all offering a diverse look at the people who came before us in Tompkins County.

Our Story – A Timeline of Tompkins County History tells the story of the county from geological times to the 21st century in words and images. Click here to view "Our Story", a permanent exhibition highlighting a timeline of Tompkins County.

Our Community celebrates the organizations and institutions that show the diversity of Tompkins County people at work and play, and in service to each other.

Below you will find a sampling of past rotating exhibitions.

 

 

Notable Women of Tompkins County:

For much of recorded history the lives and work of women have been omitted from the chronicles of our past. In the early 1980s that began to change when the week of March 8 was declared National Women’s History Week, and in 1987 Congress declared March National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. These efforts have encouraged the inclusion of women’s history in educational curriculums across the country. Historical literature on women has blossomed in the last thirty years as well, as this neglected subject is gradually addressed.

In honor of Women’s History Month the lives and work of nine notable women from Tompkins County’s past is celebrated here with images and text. A diverse group that includes physician Samantha Nivison, educators Martha Van Rensselaer and Emma Corinne Brown Galvin, and suffragist Louisa Riley, and more, these 19th and early 20th century women represent the best of a group that toiled in obscurity for the greater community.

View the online exhibition here.

Made in Tompkins County: A Timeline of Local Enterprise

October 7th, 2016 to February 18th, 2017

Tompkins County is well known for its educational institutions. What is less known is its rich industrial history. From its earliest days it has been the home of inventors and entrepreneurs - people who laid the commercial foundation of a prosperous community. From grist mills to high tech, local enterprise has encompassed world renowned guns, iron bridges, calendar clocks, steam engines, drive chains, and much more. This broad survey takes a look at the long sweep of enterprise in Tompkins County, from its earliest days to the 21st century.

The History Center would like to thank our sponsor for their generous support.
 

In case you missed the Made in Tompkins County Exhibition?  Click here.

Research for exhibits at The History Center lets us dig deeply into our collections for information that will be interesting, educational, and entertaining. Click here to learn more about the resources used for this exhibition.

Early American Decorative Arts:

August 25th, 2016 to September 24th, 2017

The Central New York chapter of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration is proud to display original pieces of tin, glass and wood alongside reproductions done by our members. We will have country tin, stenciling, free hand bronze, gold leaf, reverse glass painting, theorems, school girl art, pen work and more, all art work that was part of the 1800-1850 American home.

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