Keeping Up With the Collections - Building the Past: Celebrating Ithaca's Neighborhoods in Photographs

Jan 25, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Building the Past - Celebrating Ithaca's Neighborhoods in Photographs

Donna Eschenbrenner and Eve Snyder of The History Center in Tompkins County will talk about The History Center's unique photo collections and their use in the innovative program HistoryForge, where images, maps, and census data merge to tell the story of Ithaca's built environment and the people who lived there. 



Donna EschenbrennerDirector of Archives and Research Services

Donna began working at The History Center (then called the DeWitt Historical Society) in 1999 as a volunteer in the archives. She later worked on cataloging and rehousing artifacts for the Historic Treasures Unwrapped! project, and became archivist in 2001, where she has been ever since. Her primary goal is to make The History Center's diverse collections as accessible as possible. In addition to managing the Archives and Cornell Local History Research Library, she enjoys teaching archival workshops and fostering a love for historical materials in students and researchers of all ages.


Eve Snyder PhDHistoryForge Project Coordinator

Eve began working on HistoryForge as a volunteer in 2018 and was hired as the Project Coordinator in 2019 under a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission of the National Archives. Eve received her PhD in United States History from Binghamton University. During her graduate studies, she developed a passion for the digital humanities as a tool for increasing public engagement in history. A native of New York City, Eve inherited her love of history from her father, a historian of American Christmas traditions. 



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