Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Library celebrates Cornell's Alumni Weekend with guided tours of "Cornell off Campus" during First Friday Gallery Night, June 5

Cornell Off Campus highlights 150 years of interconnection between Cornell University and its host community of Tompkins County. The exhibit opened to coincide with the university’s Charter Day Weekend and is on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through July 31. Photographs and text vibrantly illustrate the lives and local contributions of 15 Cornellians, each representing a different decade in the university’s history. The exhibit offers insights about well-known Cornellians and introduces to the public lesser known but equally illustrious members of the Cornell community. Behind-the-scenes tours will be led by curator Julee Johnson during Gallery Night, June 5, when visitors can learn the answers to these questions – and much more:

Was Belle Sherman the first principal of the Belle Sherman Elementary School? 

Did Martha Van Rensselaer have an advanced degree when she first came to Cornell to teach? 

The house on Howard Babcock’s experimental farm Sunnygables became what popular restaurant in the 1980s? 

Romeyn Berry coined what phrase known to all Cornellians? 

Popular Ithaca High School music teacher Laura Bryant also coached what sport?

These guided tours will take place at 5:15 and 6:15 PM, and the exhibit will be open to the public until 7:00 PM. 

After 6:00 PM, please enter through the BorgWarner (east) entrance behind the bus shelter on East Green Street. 

For more information about the tours or “Cornell Off Campus,” contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at, (607) 272-4557 ext. 232.

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