**There are currently no open staff positions.

Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn about volunteer and internship opportunities. 

Ben Sandberg Executive Director

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Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Ben joined The History Center team in August 2019. He brings over a decade of well-traveled experience working and leading cultural institutions. He received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. His strategic vision is grounded in the belief that history - especially local history - is the connective tissue of communities. It is a singularly powerful tool for examining community issues today, and developing equitable solutions for the future. He is passionate about the accessibility of cultural institutions, and strives towards a world where everyone has a right to access and shape their community's cultural output. He is an accomplished industrial artist, pianist, and a fervent advocate of T. Roosevelt's "Strenuous Life" mantra.

Donna Eschenbrenner Director of Archives and Research Services

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Office: First Floor of Tompkins Center for History & Culture within the Research Library

Donna began working at The History Center (then called the DeWitt Historical Society) in 1999 as a volunteer in the archives. She later worked on cataloging and rehousing artifacts for the Historic Treasures Unwrapped! project, and became archivist in 2001, where she has been ever since. Her primary goal is to make The History Center's diverse collections as accessible as possible. In addition to managing the Thaler/Howell Archives and Cornell Local Research Library, she enjoys teaching archival workshops and fostering a love for historical materials in students and researchers of all ages. She’s delighted with The History Center’s new home in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, and looks forward to many years of increasing public engagement there.

Cindy Kjellander-Cantu Design and Support Specialist

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Office: First Floor of Tompkins Center for History & Culture within the Research Library

Cindy is originally from Texas and has been living in New York for over 18 years. With a background in Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Media Arts. She especially enjoys working with students involved in community based projects. Building off of the knowledge of design, her passion is using digital technology channels and history as a way to unite and expose the cultural relationships that make up communities.

Zoë Van Nostrand Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator

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Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Zoë began the role of Marketing & Visitor Experience Coordinator in the fall of 2019. With a childhood spent reading fantasy novels in the forests of Ithaca, and listening to Haudenosaunee legends on the shores of Seneca Lake, Zoë’s roots in this region grow deep. After completing degrees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Trinity College Dublin, both with a focus on human rights and social movements, she returned home eager to tame her wanderlust of the wide world with her deep love of the Finger Lakes. Past adventures have found her volunteering with rescued elephants in Thailand, baking bread in Peru, and harvesting honey in New Zealand. Since returning home she’s coordinated child sexual abuse prevention programs with the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, built multiple websites for Ithaca-based businesses and local artists, and worked on local vineyards and farms. She’s excited to share her love of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by connecting more people to the rich history of this land and its peoples. 

Her free time is happiest spent dancing to live music, enjoying a charcuterie board paired with a local cider, practicing fiber arts and threadcraft, or cuddling up with her two cats Xena and Gabrielle at her home in Mecklenburg.

Eve Snyder HistoryForge Project Coordinator


Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

A HistoryForge volunteer since 2018, Eve is excited to help expand its horizons under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives (NARA).  Eve is currently completing a Ph.D. in United States History from Binghamton University.  Through her graduate studies, she developed an interest in the digital humanities as a tool for increasing public engagement in history. A native of New York City, Eve inherited her passion for history from her father, a historian of American Christmas traditions. Eve has recently relocated to Ithaca and is looking forward to immersing herself in its history and culture.

Dave Dier Office Manager and Bookkeeper

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Office: Second Floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture - Suite 204A

Dave spent 40+ years in the “for profit” world as a Corporate Controller and then Co-Owner and “Chief Breakfast and Books Cooker” for the William Henry Miller Inn on Aurora Street a few blocks from the Commons. When it was time to sell the inn, he wanted to move into the “not for profit” field and the perfect opportunity arose with The History Center hiring a new Office Manager/Bookkeeper.  He is glad for this opportunity to stay somewhat engaged in the field of Accounting while working for an organization working to enrich the lives of folks here in Tompkins County; in his words, “a county that has given back so much to me.”

Dave splits his work hours between The History Center and our sister agency Historic Ithaca

Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA


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Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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