The History Center of 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 we 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; and provide a neutral environment for public discussions that bring historical perspective to current issues.
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce is to foster sustainable economic growth through strategic advocacy, workforce development, destination marketing, and quality of life investments. Through service to our members, tourism partners, and key community stakeholders, our vision is to contribute to an inclusive community, where people thrive, businesses start and grow, non-profits effectively serve, and visitors experience our "gorges" place.
As the official destination marketing organization for Tompkins County, our team proactively promotes the unique experiences to visitors worldwide, then provides stellar visitor services at our three visitor centers to create meaningful vacation memories for our guests. We message to individual leisure travelers; domestic tour groups; meeting, conference, and sporting event planners; international group and independent travelers; and media/bloggers to position Ithaca and Tompkins County as the top of mind destination to visit. We connect visitors to local tourism based businesses to drive incremental economic development through tourism.
Wharton Studio Museum
Wharton Studio Museum (WSM) is preserving and celebrating the role Ithaca's Wharton, Inc. Studio played in the history of American film. WSM plans to develop the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park -- one of only a handful of silent movie studios still standing in the country -- into a park center with exhibits on silent film and park history. Year-round programming including screenings with live music, exhibits, and events.
Historic Ithaca, established in 1966 in response to the threats to historic buildings from urban renewal, is a dynamic preservation organization. It works with individuals, organizations, and government officials to provide expertise, guidance, education, and advocacy to protect and promote historic buildings and the built environment throughout Tompkins County. As part of Historic Ithaca, Significant Elements diverts architectural salvage from landfills and sells their wares to the public. Historic Ithaca is a partner in Ithaca Heritage, which promotes cultural heritage through tours, events, and programming to highlight and celebrate Tompkins County’s rich history, both as a local narrative and as part of the national story.
Community Arts Partnership
The Community Arts Partnership continues to act as one of the driving forces behind the vibrant arts community of Ithaca and the neighboring towns and villages. For over 25 years, our programs, grants, and services have been connecting artists and audiences, funding the arts in Tompkins County, and providing professional development.
Dorothy Cotton Institute
The Dorothy Cotton Institute was first conceived in 2007 by Dorothy and a small group of her colleagues. Originally envisioned as a Dorothy Cotton Fellowship, this idea quickly expanded to imagining a small independent institute offering popular education and training to inspire and support people who want to foster and protect human rights and to advance civic participation for social transformation.
Discover Cayuga Lake
Discover Cayuga Lake provides experiential learning opportunities that promote academic achievement, environmental literacy, and lifelong relationships with the waterways that define our communities. Discover Cayuga Lake engages individuals and empower communities throughout the Finger Lakes.
Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation
Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation's goal is to tell the story of early aviation here in Tompkins County by having restored and placing on public display the actual, made-in-Ithaca 1918 Thomas-Morse biplane that was affectionately known throughout the world as the "Tommy." Our mission is to preserve the heritage of aviation and the aviation industry in Tompkins County and its impact on aviation worldwide, to expose today's youth to the science and thrill of flight, and to inspire people of all ages to discover the excitement of aviation. IAHF's Tommy not only provides a direct link to the birth of aviation in our area, but also embodies the spirit of technological innovation that always has run deep in the culture of Ithaca and Tompkins County. IAHF is proud that the Tompkins Center for History and Culture will be Tommy's permanent home.
Christopherson Community Planning Center
The Christopherson Community Planning Center aims to facilitate community planning initiatives supported by the SMC planning fund of the Community Fund of Tompkins County, the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and other non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. The Center will host community design charrettes, neighborhood planning meetings, and other forms of community engagement that cumulatively empower communities and neighborhoods in Central New York to better plan for their futures.