Elmira, N.Y. - On Wednesday, April 23, The History Center will present the work of Ithaca College environmental history students. With news of human-induced environmental change increasingly in the news, the latest installment of this history project offers insights into the historical relationship between people and the local environment.

Michael Smith, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ithaca College, developed a course in environmental history requiring students to use local historical resources to study an event in the greater Ithaca area. It is his hope that students will develop a sense of "ecological citizenship"--according to Professor Smith, an understanding of "community in the broader sense--beyond the human connection."

As in past semesters, Professor Smith's students are utilizing the The History Center's collection for primary source material and a new group of students has been working in teams on topics ranging from the history of the farmer's market to the development of Ithaca's water treatment systems to the development of roads in Tompkins County.

Six groups will present a synopsis of their findings followed by a question and answer session on Wednesday, April 23 at from 7-9 p.m. at The History Center. For more information please contact Scott Callan, 273-8284 or Michael Smith, 274-1290.

The History Center is located at 401 E. State St., Ste. 100, Ithaca, N.Y.