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ITHACA—Tompkins County Public Library and The History Center in Tompkins County will partner for “Engaging History” a hands-on, monthly history discussion group facilitated by Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen.

These free, 75-minute drop-in sessions will be held at noon on the second Thursday of each month through April 14, in the Library’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room and are perfect for anyone interested in history and exploring historical events and documents.

This month’s session will be held on March 10 and feature a discussion on women’s history.

Kammen will assist participants in conducting their own local history, by documenting past events, people or groups, and provide information on how to conduct research. She will introduce local documents for group discussion. The format will include time for open discussion.

Kammen is an award-winning historian, a published author and editorial writer for “History News,” the journal of the American Association for State and Local History. She has taught at Ithaca High School, Tompkins Cortland Community College and is retired from teaching at Cornell University. She lectures widely around the country to historical organizations and consults for a number of historical societies.

No registration is required, and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  Beverages will be provided.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 ext. 248 or or Kayla Sewell at 607-273-8284, ext. 227 or

(Featured photo of Carol Kammen courtesy of the History Center)

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