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In Memoriam Exhibit


Dates: October 2nd, 2015 - February 20th 2016

Location: The History Center in Tompkins County is located in the beautifully renovated Gateway Center, one block east of the Commons in Ithaca. 401 E State St #100

The places where we honor our dead tell as much about a community as do the homes of the living. In pioneer times, travelers were often buried trailside, perhaps with a stone or stick to mark the grave. In Tompkins County the earliest cemeteries were usually family burial plots. Many of these isolated sites are still extant, sometimes found by unsuspecting farmers as fields are plowed and earth turned. More often they are overgrown and hard to find. Gradually religious organizations became responsible for interring the dead, and in the late 19th and early 20th century private associations and municipalities also took on this role.

There are hundreds of cemeteries in Tompkins County, and The History Center will be featuring several of them in a new exhibit In Memoriam ‚Äď Cemeteries of Tompkins County. We will examine the historical, genealogical, and architectural heritage of these places where we remember our past, our loved ones, and the people who came before us.

Admission: Free

For more information please contact: community@thehistorycenter.net or (607) 273-8284