On Doing Local History – Five Week Seminar

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Date(s) - 10/28/2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am

110 N Tioga st
Ithaca, New York 14850


On Doing Local History  – 5-week Seminar w/ Carol Kammen

WHEN: Saturdays 10:30am-12pm, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, Final class TBD either 11/25 or 12/2

WHERE: Research Library (First Floor) in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Ithaca Commons – 110 North Tioga St. Ithaca NY 14850.

PRESENTERS: Carol Kammen


Registration link: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/hctompkinscounty/items/496088/?full-items=yes&flow=751152

In a seminar setting, we hope to stir conversation about local history in general, the particular interests of the participants, and to talk about the issues involved with doing the history of our own place. We discuss issues dealt with in editorials and other writings by Carol Kammen in History News and H: Local History online, and in English local history journals. Our goal is to provide a place to talk about local history projects, to aid each other in how to progress on those projects, and uses for the completed projects, be they in word, on video, or in poetry.  The expectation is that participants attend all five sessions in-person. 

The program is open to all free of charge — including all course materials.


1. On Doing Local History by Carol Kammen, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

2. What They Wrote by Carol Kammen, Cornell University Library, 1978

3. Selected editorials by Carol Kammen written for the American Association of State and Local Historians.

ACCESSIBILITY – This program is offered in a wheelchair and mobility device accessible room on the second floor, steps from the elevator. The program will be presented in English. If you have other questions please explore thehistorycenter.net/accessibility or contact us.

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 thehistorycenter.net/health. The event space can hold up to 45 people. There is no current plan to offer a virtual option for this program.


This event will take place in the traditional and contemporary lands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫˀ Nation (Cayuga), one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Learn more at thehistorycenter.net/land-acknowledgement.

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