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Mapping Tompkins






 In celebrtation of Tompkins County's 200th anniversary, participate in the "Mapping Tompkins" Project.


 November 4, 2016

Dear Friend and Neighbor,

On behalf of the Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in “Mapping Tompkins,” a commemorative project designed to showcase, for our and future generations, what it means to live, work and study in Tompkins County.

Participants are being asked to illustrate a pre-printed map of Tompkins County, highlighting the places that are important in their lives.  From where to find the best ice cream to where you met your spouse, to the places you play, worship, shop or explore, completed maps should be a reflection of your personal connection with Tompkins County.

Completed maps will join those of other county residents, past and current, in a spring 2017 exhibit at the Tompkins County Public Library, other county libraries and The History Center in Tompkins County and be archived to show future residents what life in our community was like in 2017.

Maps should be as diverse as the residents of our county. There is no prescribed way to complete a map, so feel free to get creative—use crayons, markers, drawings, photographs, paint or graphics, mark a special spot in every town or multiple spots in only the town in which you live.  Your participation is our only request.

Please contribute to this project and invite your friends, colleagues, classmates and former residents to participate, as well. 

Completed maps should be returned, in-person or by mail, to the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Samples of completed personal mapping projects are provided on the back of this letter.  We hope the images serve as inspiration, but do not limit your creativity.  For more information about this project, contact Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen at .

Thank you in advance for your participation.



Carol K. Kammen, Tompkins County Historian, Co-Chair Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission

Michael E. Lane, Chair, Tompkins County Legislature, Co-Chair Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission

Take a look here for a sneak peak at  Sample Map.

Download your copy of  "My Tompkins Mapping Project" to participate today!

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