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ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Heritage, a collaboration between Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County, will launch its inaugural series of free guided walking tours this Friday, June 29, at 4:00 p.m. Explore downtown Ithaca from a historical perspective on these guided history and architectural walking tours.

“Unveiling Ithaca’s Living Past” will focus on elements of living, working, playing, and honoring in and around what we now know as The Commons from both historical and current perspectives. The downtown Ithaca area holds narratives of individuals, civic institutions, organizations, and businesses that resonate around the county. The tour will be held on the following Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: June 29, July 20, and August 24. Meet at the trolley circle near Center Ithaca on The Commons.

Starting in July, Ithaca Heritage will offer a “Downtown Ithaca Architectural Walking Tour” to highlight the significant historic gems that illustrate chapters in the history of the city. See how preservationists and developers have worked together to save these key components of Ithaca’s past. The architectural history tour will be held the following Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: July 6, July 13, July 27, August 3, and August 10. Meet at the trolley circle near Center Ithaca on The Commons.

Walks will be led by staff of Historic Ithaca and The History Center, as well as Ithaca Heritage’s Heritage Ambassadors.

In case of severe weather, walks may be cancelled. Check for day-of-event updates.

The Ithaca Heritage project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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