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Rod Howe leaving History Center for Ithaca Supervisor campaign

The History Center of Tompkins County announced this week that Executive Director Rod Howe would be stepping away from his role in the organization after four years at the helm.

While he will remain involved in “special projects” throughout the rest of the year, the History Center intends to have a permanent replacement for Howe installed by August. Howe is moving on to accommodate a new venture for himself: a run for Town of Ithaca Supervisor.

Rod, with the active support of staff, trustees, volunteers, and partners has raised the visibility of the organization and promoted deeper collaborations making The History Center a vital county resource,” read an announcement from Laurel Southard, the president of the History Center’s board of trustees. “Rod has initiated and strengthened a number of programs during his tenure, with his vision of the importance of place, land, architecture, culture, and enterprises to the citizens and visitors to our region. He has been instrumental in creating a platform to support heritage tourism, in partnership with Historic Ithaca and the county’s tourism program.”

The announcement also credited Howe with the creation of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, the new location on the Commons that will combine 12 local organizations into one centralized locale.

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