cornellpottery.jpgJune 7, 2012, 5.30 p.m. Ithaca, N.Y. - Bits and shards of the history of Ithaca Pottery will be reviewed at a talk at The History Center on June 7, 2012, 5.30 p.m. Ezra Cornell's father, Elijah, owned a pottery works on the South side of E. Lincoln St. at the corner of Lake St. at the bottom of Gun Shop Hill. Pieces of this fascinating history have been recovered and examined by Carol Griggs and Ted Sobel. Dr. Griggs grew up in New Hampshire, was an undergrad in archaeology at Cornell and after graduating excavated the pottery site for Historic Ithaca. Her undergrad studies included tree-ring dating which became her passion and focus for graduate work; she is now a research associate at the Cornell Tree Ring Lab. Her talk will review the excavation of the site and what she learned at her dig. Importantly, it will provide an introduction to archeological methods. Ted's presentation will feature a slideshow on the Ithaca Pottery and its history through Elijah Cornell and subsequent owners. In particular, his slides will review potter's marks and designs. Ted is originally from New Jersey, did graduate work at Cornell University, and returned to Cornell to a position as a Research Associate in Agricultural Engineering. He is a long term member of the Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association (FLBCA). This event is co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the New York State Archeological Association. The History Center Presents Pieces of The Past: Cornell Pottery at The History Center in Tompkins County June 7, 2012 5.30 pm Bits and shards of the history of Ithaca Pottery will be reviewed at a talk at The History Center on June 7, 2012, 5.30pm. Ezra Cornell's father, Elijah, owned a pottery works on the South side of E. Lincoln St. at the corner of Lake St. at the bottom of Gun Shop Hill. Pieces of this fascinating history have been recovered and examined by Carol Griggs and Ted Sobel. Dr. Griggs grew up in New Hampshire, was an undergrad in archaeology at Cornell and after graduating excavated the pottery site for Historic Ithaca. Her undergrad studies included tree-ring dating which became her passion and focus for graduate work; she is now a research associate at the Cornell Tree Ring Lab. Her talk will review the excavation of the site and what she learned at her dig. Importantly, it will provide an introduction to archeological methods. Ted's presentation will feature a slideshow on the Ithaca Pottery and its history through Elijah Cornell and subsequent owners. In particular, his slides will review potter's marks and designs. Ted is originally from New Jersey, did graduate work at Cornell University, and returned to Cornell to a position as a Research Associate in Agricultural Engineering. He is a long term member of the Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association (FLBCA). This event is co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the New York State Archeological Association. About The History Center in Tompkins County The History Center in Tompkins County helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future. In order to accomplish this mission we:
  • preserve and encourage access to The History Center's unique collections;
  • seek out the diverse needs and interests of our community;
  • design learning experiences and provide services that respond to those needs;
  • create opportunities for people to learn about themselves and their place in the world; and
  • provide a neutral environment for public discussions that bring historical perspective to current issues.

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