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The History Center Exhibit Hall was closed to the public March 14th-August 12th 2020 due to covid-19 related shut-downs across New York State. Staff worked remotely throughout this period. 

Haunted History Tours offer socially-distanced version of Ithaca's spooky past

Ithaca Week - by Madison Moore

The History Center's annual Haunted History Tours, led by Sherri La Torre, are offered this year with reduced capacity.

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Pandemic Causes Funding Struggle for Local Non-Profits

WICB Ithaca Now

History Center Director Ben Sandberg discusses how his and other local non-profits are adjusting to the economic effects of the pandemic.


Trap Door


Trap Door is a project in collaboration with The Cherry Arts and the History Center in Tompkins County to create an original headphone walking-play based on Ithaca’s histories of the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights eras.

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HistoryForge project transcribes local census records

Ithaca Week - by Antonio Ferme

The History Center's HistoryForge project, led by Eve Snyder, is run by volunteers who transcribe local census data and make it available to the public online.

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