Ulysses preparing to mark its place in Tompkins County’s Bicentennial

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Tompkins Weekly Staff

As part of Tompkins County’s ongoing Bicentennial celebration during 2017, the Town of Ulysses will mark the milestone at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Ulysses Town Hall, located at 10 Elm St. in Trumansburg.

In addition to unveiling a new cast-iron historic marker for Ulysses, the event will include brief welcoming remarks, a dramatic presentation,

music and free servings of “Tompkins County Swirl,” a commemorative ice cream created by Sweet Melissa’s.

Tompkins County was created in April 1817, by an act of the New York State Legislature, and the event has been marked in various ways throughout this 200th anniversary year. According to Michael Lane, chair of the county legislature, this extended celebration is geared to “allow our residents to become better educated about the county’s history.” To that end, he said, activities have been planned and presented all around the county “that are serious, glorious, and fun for all.”

Plans for the Ulysses celebration have been guided by town historian John Wertis, working with Trumansburg village historian S.K. List, Ulysses town clerk Carissa Parlato, and deputy town supervisor Nancy Zahler.

For more information about the Tompkins County Bicentennial, please visit TompkinsCountyNY.gov/tc200.

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