The History Center’s Education Department is committed to making history “real” and meaningful by underscoring how past events shape present realities. While the focus of our programs is the history of Tompkins County, we strive to tie local developments to the nation’s history. To this end, our programs are student-centered, use primary sources and original artifacts where appropriate, and seek to strengthen the general public’s knowledge of the issues which define our times, as well as fostering an appreciation for the past.
Primary Programs are designed for second through fifth grades. The Eight Square Schoolhouse Living History program is designed for fourth grades and home school groups. Generation to Generation: Collecting and Sharing Stories is designed for middle and high school students. Loan Kits are designed for multiple ages, including middle and high school classes.