Go Local with History
This spring when people across Tompkins County are commemorating Tompkins County's bicentennial, students in Jevon Ballard's and my Social Studies classes at Boynton Middle School in Ithaca will be exploring connections between national and local historical events. With support from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative and collaboration with The History Center, the project will provide students with the opportunity for civic engagement. By contributing stories to the Names on the Land project, creating maps for the Mapping Tompkins project, and utilizing primary and secondary documents from the archives of The History Center, students will gain an appreciation for the history of their community. Members of the community are welcome to attend a culminating event at Boynton on May 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm. where students will celebrate local history by sharing what they learned along with their perspective drawings of buildings in Tompkins County.
History Teacher, Boynton Middle School
and Trustee, The History Center in Tompkins County