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historyctr edHistoric Ithaca Executive Director Susan Holland & History Center Executive Director Benjamin Sandberg
The History Center in Tompkins County welcomed a new Executive Director Benjamin Sandberg.  Sandberg is taking the helm from long time Executive Director Rod howe, who retired from the position to focus on his campaign for Town of Ithaca Supervisor.  

"I'm thrilled to be joining The History Center and its incredible team of staff, volunteers, and board members," Sandberg said. "There are so many powerful local history stories here in Tompkins County with direct relevance to our current lives. I'm looking forward to exploring them with everyone. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit us in our new space in The Tompkins Center for History & Culture, I hope you drop in soon. I look forward to seeing you soon at The History Center in Tompkins County."

Sandberg brings over a decade of well-traveled experience working and leading cultural institutions. He received is undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. His strategic vision is grounded in the belief that history - especially local history - is the connective tissue of communities.

It is a singularly powerful tool for examining community issues today, and developing equitable solutions for the future. He is passionate about the accessibility of cultural institutions, and strives towards a world where everyone has a right to access and shape their community's cultural output. He is an accomplished industrial artist, pianist, and a fervent advocate of T. Roosevelt's 'Strenuous Life' mantra.

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