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Become an Ithaca/Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador

The Heritage Ambassador Program is a free, fun, and engaging training program to get to know Tompkins County's history and rich heritage. In turn, you will be a resource to fellow county residents and to visitors. 

After the training, you will commit to: 

1. Engaging county residents with the history of our unique community; 

2. Assisting visitors to get the most out of their time in Tompkins County;

3. Volunteering for at least three events per year (e.g., HistoryForge Days, Old House tours, heritage tours, and Visit Ithaca and Discovery Trail events).

The 2017 Heritage Ambassadors Pilot Training Program finished July 26, 2017.

Planning is in the works for the next Heritage Ambassadors training, tentatively scheduled for late February through early March 2018. Additional details will be posted to this page and on social media. In the meantime, you can contact Rod Howe,, for more information.


The 2017 Heritage Ambassadors Pilot Training Program sessions included:

Session 1. Program Overview and Heritage Tourism

Session 2. The People of Tompkins County

Session 3. The Land of Tompkins County

Session 4. The Architecture of Tompkins County

Session 5. The Cultures of Tompkins County

Session 6. The Enterprises of Tompkins County; Graduation


The Heritage Ambassadors program is a partnership between The History Center in Tompkins County and Historic Ithaca
on behalf of the county’s broader heritage network.