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Tompkins History Center Honors Indigenous Wampum Tradition

IthacaWeek - by Leah Aulisio-Sharpe

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Center created an exhibit (Art of Wampum) to educate the community on the history and tradition of wampum belts, an indigenous craft which serves both as political doctrine and storyteller. 

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Marker to honor Ithaca birthplace of Tuskegee Airman

Cornell Chronicle - by Patti Witten

A new historic marker will be installed this fall to commemorate Verdelle Louis Payne, who was born in Ithaca in 1919 at 212 Cascadilla Street, where the marker will be placed. Payne was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African American military pilots in the US Armed Forces.

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History Center director bikes 200 miles in 24 hours

Tompkins Weekly - by Jessica Wickham

Ben Sandberg, director of the History Center, biked more than 200 miles and raised over $10,000 in the second annual Traverse Tompkins fundraiser for the History Center. His route took him to sites of historic fires throughout Tompkins County as residents donated, biked shorter routes, and toured the sites.

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My Internship At The History Center: Exhibits, Archives, And Oral Histories

The IHS Tattler - by Raia Gutman

Raia Gutman, a recent intern and Ithaca High School student, writes about her work on oral history projects and in the archives at the History Center.

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Exhibit honors history of Ithaca’s women’s suffragists

The Ithacan - Grace Azaula

The new "Breaking Barriers" exhibit commemorates the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage by highlighting women's history in Tompkins County through a variety of lenses, including the workforce, fashion, film, social clubs, and indigenous history. 

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The History Center in Tompkins County

What's Hot

Check out this August issue of What's Hot magazine to get a closer look at what's in the exhibit hall for the current "Breaking Barriers" exhibit.

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History Center Exhibit Tells How Tompkins County Women Changed the World

WRFI Community Radio

Z Van Nostrand, the Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator at the History Center in Tompkins County, talks about the new exhibit on display at the museum, "Breaking Barriers:  Women's Lives and Livelihoods". 


Amended in Action, Episode 3: Planning Today for History Tomorrow w/ Michael Riecke

WRVO Radio

Nearly every county in New York has a museum tasked with curating and archiving local history.

That’s true in Tompkins County where archivists are actively collecting people’s stories today to better share the region’s history tomorrow. In this episode of "Amended in Action," host Michael Riecke takes a trip to the History Center in Tompkins County to explore what museum curators and archivists are doing to ensure no one’s story is left out.


Fab5 awards celebrate hard work through difficult times

Tompkins Weekly - by Jessica Wickham

History Center Director Ben Sandberg is one of 2021's Fab5 award recipients, earning the "Rookie of the Year" award for his commitment to the History Center and his work to help the organization grow.  

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Tompkins County History Center offering private visits

WENY News - by Nicholas Phillips

The History Center preserves and teaches Ithaca's black history through the "Sisters of Change: Unsung Sheroes Whose Names You Ought to Know" exhibit.

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