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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, and the Spring 2018 Heritage Ambassadors training ran for six consecutive Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, beginning February 28, 2018 and  ending April 4, 2018. 

Contact Rod Howe,, for more information.


Heritage Ambassadors 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.


"The Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador program offers a wonderful opportunity to learn and share interesting information and insights about our diverse community! I’ve always been a local history enthusiast so now I am thrilled to have access to the resources and opportunities to gain knowledge for my own curiosity, and to share that knowledge with other longtime county residents, as well as newcomers and visitors!" -Martha Preston, 2017 Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador