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About HistoryForge

HistoryForge is a project of The History Center in Tompkins County, New York. The History Center launched the project in early 2016.  David Furber, systems analyst and web developer from GORGES and Bob Kibbee, the former Map and Geospatial Librarian at Cornell University and many, many volunteers continue to develop the project. Bob and David are both History Center trustees. Valuable input has also been provided by History Center trustees and Christine O’Malley from Historic Ithaca and Julia Corrice from the South Central Regional Library Council.

David has built the software for building descriptions and census records while the volunteer transcribers make sure the buckets are filled with data. Development and refinement continue as time and resources allow.  Our goal is the development of a full-featured web environment that will provide a new way of exploring local history.

HistoryForge is open source and is being designed so that it could be adapted by any community with historical maps and untapped information resources such as the census.

Early stages of development of History Forge were made possible by a generous contribution from Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, Robert B. Baxter, CEO and General Manager, with additional support from the Triad Foundation, the Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission, and the trustees of The History Center in Tompkins County. 


HistoryForge is now supported by a two-year grant for Public Engagement with Historical Records from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives (NARA). The grant will allow us to make major improvements to the interface and add significant content, while also refining the open source model by engaging partners to test all aspects of the project. HistoryForge is actively recruiting partners throughout the country.

Does your business have a sense of place and an interest in history? Please consider sponsoring HistoryForge. Use the contact form if you’re interested.

Donations are welcome from supporters of the enterprise of history everywhere. Donate Today!

Please contact us with comments and questions.

And please consider volunteering!


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