The History Center in Tompkins County is the hub of local history for this small Central New York county. Located in Ithaca, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, The History Center preserves its rich collections of three-dimensional objects, books, scrapbooks, historic maps, manuscript collections, genealogy files, and over 100,000 historic photographs, all highlighting the history of Tompkins County. Access to the collections is available through The History Center’s Research Library, which is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 11:00 to 5:00. Many collections, besides those photo collections on Tools of History, are available for research or just browsing.
Verne Morton Photographs
A sampling of images from the almost 12,000 early glass plate negatives of this gifted Groton photographer who worked from 1895 to 1945 documenting rural life in upstate New York.
Historic Paintings Unwrapped
A choice painting collection that dates to the early 19th century. An eclectic mix of landscapes and portraits, oils,watercolors, lithographs, and prints; it’s a rich, colorful portrayal by mostly local artists of thelocal people and places. It includes works by such notables as Henry Walton, whose lithographsdepict mid-19th century life, and Alison Mason Kingsbury Bishop, an exemplar of a mid-twentiethcentury modernist style. From 2009 to early 2010 it was on display in a successful rotating exhibit “Historic Paintings Unwrapped” featuring different works each month.
The History Center helps people use the tools of history to understand Tompkins County's past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future.
The History Center in Tompkins County