A community history project brought to you by the Office of the Tompkins County Historian, the Municpal Historians of Tompkins County, the History Center in Tompkins County, and Historic Ithaca.

house tag

     What is it?

This is a community-wide project engaging Tompkins County residents in recording the history of their houses.  Brightly colored “House Tags” are being provided free of charge to Tompkins County residents to record information about their houses, creating a historical record for future residents.

Do I have to live in a historic house?  Do I have to be a homeowner to participate?

All Tompkins County residents are encouraged to participate – owners and renters of houses built from 1800 to 2010 and beyond.

How can I participate?

1. Pick up a House Tag at your local historical society, public library, The History Center, or Historic Ithaca.  Record information on the tag and leave it in a conspicuous place in the house – next to a breaker box, for example – so that it becomes a record for subsequent owners or residents.

2. If you are interested in delving deeper into your house’s history, download apdf or microsoft word version of the long form to fill out.  A resource sheet can help you with the research process.

3. Submit a copy of your completed long form to Historic Ithaca to be included in a public archive of Tompkins County buildings.  Hard copies can be mailed or dropped off to Historic Ithaca, 212 Center Street, Ithaca NY 14850.  Electronic versions can be emailed to alphonse@historicithaca.org.

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