In 1852, Elmira College began as The Auburn Female University in Cayuga County. A year later it moved to its present location in Elmira where Cowles Hall, the College’s oldest building, was constructed in 1855. The college became coeducational in 1969.
Ithaca Falls is 105 feet tall and 175 feet wide at its base. It is considered the most powerful and impressive falls in the region. By 1817 it was providing power to six mills. The ruins of some of these mills can still be seen near the top of the falls.
Muli Tang (born 1947) is a Chinese artist and poet who served as Artist in Residence at Cornell University from 1985 – 1989. He was the first artist permitted by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China to study in the West on a long-term basis.
On loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Cornell University
Ithaca, located on the southern end of Cayuga Lake became a city in 1888 and is home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College.
John F. Kensett (1816-1872) was an important member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters. After spending time working as an engraver in Albany, Kensett made his first trip to Europe, determined to become a painter. In 1848, Kensett established a studio in New York City where he lived and worked as a successful painter for the rest of his life.
On loan from the History Center in Tompkins County
The City of Binghamton sits at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers and became a city in 1867.
Edward Beyer (1820-1865) was born in Germany and traveled to America in the wake of the German Revolution of 1848. Beyer worked in the Northeastern United States, where he became known as an acclaimed painter of large panoramic landscape views. Beyer returned to Germany before the outbreak of the Civil War.
On loan from the Roberson Museum and Science Center