History Center seeking $35K for Heritage Center plans

By Brian Crandall
The Ithaca Voice

ITHACA – The History Center has submitted the first phase of plans for a Tompkins County Heritage Education Center on the Commons.
In a recent filing, The History Center in Tompkins County, in partnership with several other local non-profits, submitted an application requesting $35,500 from the County Tourism Program. The program is competitive, and THC’s proposal will be weighed against other proposals in their ability to enhance and promote tourism in Tompkins County.

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The History Center in Tompkins County is seeking county tourism funding to help start plans to create a Tompkins County Heritage Education Center on the Commons, which would be located in the Tompkins Trust Company building.

The plan is to purchase the Tompkins Trust Building on Bank Alley once the bank’s new headquarters is completed in early 2018 and renovate the space into a history museum and county visitor’s center. As long as the engineering and code analyses are sound, a planning timeline will commence that involves architectural drawings, partnership agreements, creating marketing and branding, and launching a capital campaign to help fund the creation of the Heritage Center. The requested funds would go towards covering those early-stage development costs.

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