Historic Ithaca Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary

It Takes More Than Nostalgia

Celebrating 50 Years of Historic Ithaca & Community Preservation

A new exhibition at The History Center in Tompkins County will highlight key moments and contributions from Historic Ithaca’s history to demonstrate how this non-profit organization has contributed to the preservation of historic resources in Ithaca and Tompkins County. Visit the Center between March 1 and March 27, 2016 to learn more about Historic Ithaca’s 50 years of service to our community.

“In 1844 Ithaca’s early citizens built a stone and brick Greek Revival-style city hall on the corner of Seneca and Tioga Streets. Built to last, the building stood for 122 years until it was demolished in 1966.

That loss stirred community members to organize in order to save other historic buildings from the era’s urban renewal plans. Following the advice of an officer of the National Trust Historic Preservation, a small group of Ithacans formed an affiliate group under the name Historic Ithaca, Inc.

Pride in Ithaca’s history and architecture inspired early proponents to preserve additional buildings and structures, share their appreciation of Ithaca’s built environment with others, and recognize outstanding preservation projects – all efforts that continue today as Historic Ithaca celebrates 50 years.”

About The History Center in Tompkins County
The History Center in Tompkins County helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future. In order to accomplish this mission, the center does the following:

  • preserve and encourage access to The History Center’s unique collections;
  • seek out the diverse needs and interests of our community;
  • design learning experiences and provide services that respond to those needs;
  • create opportunities for people to learn about themselves and their place in the world;
  • provide a neutral environment for public discussions that bring historical perspective to current issues.

For more information, including hours and contact info, please visit www.thehistorycenter.net

The History Center in Tompkins County
401 E. State Street, Suite 100, Ithaca, NY 14850


Quoted excerpt taken from “Historic Ithaca Celebrates 50 Years: Loss After Demolition Inspires Pride and Preservation.”

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