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Fridays at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, June 28, 2019-August 16, 2019

Bring your summer guests to enjoy a slice of Ithaca history. Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County will be offering a series of guided summer tours to showcase Ithaca's historic architecture and social history.

Downtown Ithaca Architecture highlights the significant historic gems that illustrate chapters in the history of the city. See how preservationists and developers have worked together to save these key components of Ithaca’s past.

Unveiling Ithaca’s Living Past focuses on elements of living, working, and playing in and around what we now know as The Commons. Hear narratives of the people, civic institutions, organizations, and businesses that have shaped Ithaca’s unique heritage.

Tours start at 4:00 p.m. at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N. Tioga St., Ithaca, NY.

Tickets: $10.

The summer tour series is sponsored by the Marriott Ithaca Downtown Commons. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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Northside House and Community Members

Northside House and Community Members

northside neighborhood tour

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Community Room, 210 Hancock Street Apartments and Townhomes, Ithaca, NY

Ithaca’s Northside Triangle neighborhood, bounded by Cascadilla Street to the south, Cascadilla Creek on the east, and Route 13 to the west, was developed in the 1830s after Cascadilla Creek was channelized. The neighborhood drew a mix of white-collar professionals and working class people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including many new immigrants. The neighborhood today is a varied combination of older frame houses from the nineteenth century, surviving cottages built as workers’ homes, and public housing projects.

Join Historic Ithaca and Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) for a walking tour of the Northside Triangle neighborhood to learn more about its history and community development. The tour will be led by Historic Ithaca Preservation Services Coordinator Christine O’Malley and INHS Development Manager Kayla Wingert.

$10 general; $8 seniors/students/supporters; kids 12 and under free.

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Historic Stewart Park Tour

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Picnic “Large” Pavilion, Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibbs Drive, Ithaca, NY

Join Historic Ithaca, Friends of Stewart Park, and Wharton Studio Museum and explore the historic landscape of Ithaca’s beautiful lakeside park, Stewart Park. Learn about the history of the park, the Wharton Brothers’ motion picture studio, the Cascadilla Boat House, and the ongoing revitalization of this community gem!

Tickets: $10 general; $8 students/seniors/supporters of Historic Ithaca, Wharton Studio Museum, Friends of Stewart Park; kids 12 and under free

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