WSM to have home in new Tompkins Center for History & Culture on the Commons in ’19!

WSM is excited to be a partner in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, a new exhibit-based history and culture destination in downtown Ithaca. Read more ...

 On June 6th, 2017, the Tompkins County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the Tompkins Trust Co. building as a home for The History Center, Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, Community Arts Partnership, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Wharton Studio Museum and other nonprofits, as well as the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The TCHC is slated to open in early 2019. WSM thanks all project partners who worked very hard for the past year to get this venture launched. And thank you to the County Legislature for its support.

Annual Events

Silent Movie Under the Stars - every August
Silent Movie Month - every October
Silents Roar! Film Festival - every Spring
WSM's and Friends of Stewart Park's Party for the Park - every September

Take a Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour

WSM has created a Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour. This self-guided tour takes you to a number of Ithaca’s silent movie history locations, beginning with the historic Wharton Studio building in Stewart Park and on to Cornell University’s campus and then on to Upper Treman! It’s fun and informative! WSM thanks Randi Kepecs for her help in producing the tour.


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