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Historic Ithaca's Ithaca City Cemetery Halloween Tours

Saturdays and Sundays, October 13-28, 2018 at the Ithaca City Cemetery, University Avenue, Ithaca, NY.

Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views and champion trees that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous and infamous residents and the stories they have to tell. The Historic Ithaca tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays, October 13-28, 2018.

As always, cider and donuts will be served. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as the tour will take place rain, shine, or snow. The tour begins and ends at the downhill, University Avenue entrance to the Ithaca City Cemetery. Parking is available along Linn Street, University Avenue, and Stewart Avenue.

$9 – General; $6 – Friends of Historic Ithaca, seniors (65+); Kids 12 and under free! (Discussion of gruesome historic events may not be suitable for younger children.)



Ithaca Haunted History Walking Tour

Saturday, October 12th, 13th and 19th, 2018, 5pm-6:15pm. Tour starts at Trolley Circle on the Commons in front of Center Ithaca.

Today Ithaca is known for its gorges, education, food, vibrant cultural scene and its diverse population … but this was not always the case. Downtown Ithaca holds colorful narratives of past people and events. What spirits and memories linger? You decide but know that the tales might be chilling, as death, murder, jealousy, insanity, and accidents are recalled. Come along for this 75-minute guided tour. Be attentive and watchful. This Ithaca Heritage Tour is offered by The History Center in Tompkins County and will be led by Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador Sherri La-Torre.

General: $6


 Joseph C. Burritt, ca 1860.

Joseph C. Burritt, ca 1860.

Fall Creek Neighborhood Evolution: HistoryForge 1900 - 1930

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 2pm-4pm. Fall Creek Elementary School, 202 King Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

HistoryForge will help provide a historical context with a presentation and short walking tour. The focus will be on the area of Fall Creek around the elementary school to Ithaca Falls to Northstar House. Further details will be available on The History Center's website starting October 24. This event, sponsored by M&T Bank, is the final in a three part series.


 Photograph by Folklorist, Hannah DAvis

Photograph by Folklorist, Hannah DAvis

our fairs and festivals: a celebration of community folklife

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 11am to 1:00pm at The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 E. State St./ E. MLK Street, Suite 100, Ithaca, New York

Revisit your favorite summer events! From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, learn about annual highlights of the Ithaca Festival, Groton Old Home Days, and the Trumansburg Fair from local artists, farmers, and showmen at three family-friendly learning stations.

From 12:30 to 1:00 PM, join folklorist Hannah Davis to learn about each of these local events' history and traditional culture. Share your own experiences to add documentation to The History Center's archive.

This event concludes "Interpreting Community Folklife at Tompkins County's Fairs and Festivals," a project made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


 Logo designed by Rahmel Mack

Logo designed by Rahmel Mack

African Americans in Ithaca: Situating People in Place and Time

Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca, New York.

A two day community forum. Forum components will include: a discussion of Southside neighborhood; collection of archival material; virtual Wheat Street tour; an overview of the history of African-American settlement in Tompkins County; current topics teachings; art,food, dance and theatre.


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