Guided Tour – A Downtown History of Ithaca College

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Date(s) - 05/20/2022
2:00 pm

The History Center in Tompkins County


TOUR DATES: Thursday 5/19 (2pm &5pm), Friday 5/20 (2pm & 5pm), Saturday 5/21 (2pm & 5pm)

Tickets are $15/person. Pre-registration required.

Join us as we explore ‘A Downtown History of Ithaca College’ from 403 Seneca St. to the Wilgus Opera House and beyond. Ithaca College began as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1892 and before its move to South Hill in the 1960s, classes and administration were located in downtown Ithaca. At various times, the college rented or purchased a variety of downtown commercial buildings, public schools, churches, and movie houses.

This one-hour walking tour will connect Ithaca College families and soon-to-be graduates with the history of their school in the community, and the expansion of a one-building music conservatory as it evolved into Ithaca College in the first half of the twentieth century.

All tours will meet in the atrium of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons.

CANCELLATION POLICY – This program supports educational programming from The History Center. We are unable to accommodate cancellations or refund ticket prices as we depend on these funds, however if you contact us 24 hours in advance we are happy to re-schedule to any of our other walking tours this summer (

WEATHER POLICY – If there is inclement weather predicted for the day of the tour, we will decide by 9am the morning of the tour whether to cancel or go ahead. If the tour is cancelled we will offer a later rain date to all registrants or refund your ticket price in full.

COVID-19 POLICY – The History Center will follow the most up to date guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department. Our organization is a mask friendly space and encourage visitors to practice what is most comfortable to them regarding mask wearing. Learn more at

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