ITHACA, N.Y. — A discussion Saturday at the History Center in Tompkins County will kick off a year-long series about development in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Saturday’s discussion will include municipal historians Bea Szekely, of Cayuga Heights, John Wertis, of Ulysses, and Bruce Brittain, of Forest Home.

Szekely, Wertis and Brittain will share perspectives on development in their communities. What are some historical drivers of development and who, traditionally, have been the decision makers? Is there “intelligence” from the past to inform the current development dialogue? These are some of the questions that will be addressed about the built environment in our communities, the History Center said in a news release.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the History Center in Tompkins County.

This is the first program in a year-long series entitled, Development in Ithaca/Tompkins County: The Past, Present and Future that represents a broad collaboration of entities and organizations.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Featured image: The first church building in the town was built by Presbyterians in 1803 in what was then called the Updyke Settlement. It was used by the Baptist community for services in 1819 after the Presbyterians built a church in the Village of Trumansburg. (Photo courtesy of the History Center in Tompkins County.)

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