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The Henry Hinckley Lecture Series grew out of funds disbursed to Historic Ithaca, The History Center, and Lifelong from the dissolved Henry Hinckley Museum Foundation. Henry Hinckley (1888-1969) was born in Trumansburg and grew up in Ithaca. A Cornell architecture grad, Hinckley designed the Security Garage on West State Street that was converted into the State Theatre in the 1920s. He also worked at the Thomas Morse Aircraft Company and served in World War I. An avid antiques and ephemera collector, Hinckley amassed a trove of Americana that after his death became the basis for the Henry Hinckley Museum housed at his family’s former carriage house at 410 E. Seneca Street. Hinckley was an early preservationist and was actively engaged with the built environment not only as an architect but also as an Ithaca city building commissioner, property manager, and investment banker. The annual Henry Hinckley Lecture Series continues the museum’s mission to promote the “education and enlightenment of present and future generations.”
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Cornell professor of urban studies and planning Thomas J. Campanella inaugurated the Henry Hinckley Lecture Series on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture. Campanella delved into the landscape, buildings, and people that influenced the development of his hometown, which he explores in his book, Brooklyn: The Once and Future City (Princeton University Press, 2019). Named a Most Anticipated Book by Kirkus and Big Indie Book by Publishers Weekly, the book features engaging essays that cover “the creation of places familiar and long forgotten, both built and never realized, bringing to life the individuals whose dreams, visions, rackets, and schemes forged the city we know today.”

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