The History Center is a site and organization that welcomes young people and respects the ideas and interests of youth in this community. Out of school programs for teens include:

  • Generation to Generation - An intergenerational oral history project - learn about oral history, and conduct an interview with an adult in the local community. Past projects include interviewing restaurant & food-business owners who have immigrated to the United States, and exploring local women’s history. Learn more about our Oral History collection here

  • Youth Ambassador Program - A year-long leadership program for high school students, exploring aspects of our local history. Create a project as a team that has a positive impact on our local community. Youth Ambassadors are also invited to participate in other leadership events and opportunities at the organization. 

The most recent History Center Youth Ambassador project curated and documented submissions from the COVID-19 Archival Collection into a website and documentary project titled Stories from Inside exploring the lives of Tompkins County residents during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Interested in getting involved with one of our upcoming programs? Click here to connect.  

Oral History Interview from 2019 Generation to Generation Program


We love teen volunteers! Learn about how we run programs and events, and how a museum operates. Earn community service hours, and build real world job skills. Click here to learn more about our Volunteer Opportunities.

  • Volunteer for HistoryForge - HistoryForge is an innovative digital history project from The History Center in Tompkins County which combines historic maps and photos, as well as census records about the people who lived in Ithaca, creating a new way to visualize the history of Ithaca in the early 1900s. Volunteers and interns help transcribe records, and digitize maps and images for the database.
  • Volunteer to transcribe oral history interviews - Love to listen to stories? Love to write or edit? Use those skills to help us turn oral history audio & video interviews into written text. 
  • Volunteer at kids’ programs or other History Center events - Learn about how we run programs and events by helping out behind the scenes. 
  • Become a Docent in the Exhibit Hall! Docenting can count towards community service hours. 
Internships are also available. Contact us to talk more about your interests!

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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Exhibit Hall Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Su-W

Cornell Local History Research Library & Thaler/Howell Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


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

Phone: 607-273-8284


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