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

The 2017 Heritage Ambassadors Pilot Training Program will start on Wednesday, June 21 and will run six constitutive weeks through July 26 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. In addition to attending the sessions there will be some reading and a requirement to participate in a few summer events and visit a few sites (things that you would want to attend anyway).

Update: Registration for the Summer 2017 series has closed. Information for future Heritage Ambassador series will be posted to this page. In the mean time, you can contact Rod Howe,, for more information.


The sessions include:

Session 1. Overview of program 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 and graduation


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