Historic Ithaca is pleased to offer a wide variety of programs and events that serve our mission. Events throughout the year include walking and driving tours, lectures, hands-on workshops, our annual That Old House Tour, and our annual Ithaca City Cemetery Tours. Please see our Facebook for the most up-to-date listings as well as upcoming events below.

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Lit. Women:
A Tribute to Ithaca's Literary Women

Friday, October 14th to Sunday, October 16th
A Part of October IS Silent Movie Month

A series of linked events highlights three Ithaca women writers—Grace Miller White, Maude Radford Warren, and Ruth Sawyer—whose literary works inspired silent films during the early days of the film industry. 

An opening reception, downtown theater tour, panel presentations, and a silent film screening focus on the critical role women played in the early movie business, not only as writers, but as directors and producers, and of course as serial queen stars and movie ticket buyers. 

This weekend is full of in-person and virtual events!
Learn more and register for events below:

Downtown Ithaca Historic Theater Tour

Saturday, October 15th
10:30 - 11:30 am
A Part of October IS Silent Movie Month
& Lit. Women 


Meet at the “Biggest Little Movie City” panel

@ Harold Square on The Commons, Ithaca, NY

In the mid-1910s, Ithaca could well have been called the Biggest Little Movie City. The Wharton, Inc. Studios cranked out silent serial moving pictures at Renwick Park (now Stewart Park). An avid movie-going public made weekly visits to The Star, Lyceum, and other “movie palaces” to follow the serial exploits of their marquee idols. Explore some of these sites—a few still extant and others captured only by photographs and memories—on a guided downtown tour with historic preservationists to recapture the heyday of Ithaca’s movie-palace era.

Tickets $12 per person.

Ithaca City Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th
11:00am and 1:00pm both dates
$5 at the door; free for children under 12 years old

Interested in exploring one of Ithaca's largest green spaces? Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery's evolution from village burying ground to Victorian landscape for the dead as we walk through various sections of this 16-acre historic municipal cemetery. 

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This tour will take place rain or shine and involves uphill and downhill walking. It will not take place during thunder and lightning storms. Tours last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

(Discussion of some tragic historic events may not be suitable for small children.)
Fees go to support the ongoing conservation of this historic cemetery.

Space is limited. Registration is required - see links below.