Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail Exhibits

April - May, 2011

From bones, to balls, to birds and much more the Discovery Trail comes to TCPL with a series of displays in the Avenue of the Friends through the end of May.
For more information about the Discovery Trail, visit

History Center image
History Center,

The History Center is commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War through an exhibit showcasing photographs, objects and ephemera from Tompkins County. In particular, we are highlighting the medium of the soldier’s letters home through the correspondence of several local soldiers. Private John Tidd and Amelia Haskell, both from Speedsville, New York are showcased in this exhibit, and so we present at the Tompkins County Public Library copies of several of his letters to her, photos from the war, personal effects of the 1860’s from The History Center’s object collection, and copies of the recently published book “Dear Friend Amelia: The Civil War Letters of Private John Tidd,” by Mary Jordan and Joyce Hatch, 2011.

View of Cayuga lake from the Johnson Museum of Art's fifth floor. Credit: David O. Brown, Johnson Museum

View of Cayuga Lake from the Johnson Museum of Art's fifth floor. Credit: David O. Brown, Johnson Museum

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,

The Johnson Museum of Art's famous fifth floor is open again, with a new installation of our comprehensive collection of Asian art—and the spectacular views out all four sides. The galleries have been completely renovated, and now feature 50% more works of art from the Asian collection than were on view before. The Museum will be celebrating spring and our director, Frank Robinson, who is retiring in June after 19 years, at a special event on Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

There will be a performance by John Simon, Art-Full family activities, treats, and more! Admission to the event and the Museum is free.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free admission. 607-255-6464.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Exploring and Conserving Nature
Lab of Ornithology,

Migration Celebration 2011: Come help us celebrate spring!
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is gearing up for its fifth annual Migration Celebration, focusing on migratory birds and conservation research at the Lab. This local event, to be held Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 3 pm, is part of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), a cooperative effort involving hundreds of festivals and events across the western hemisphere.

The Lab’s event will feature a series of interactive exhibits covering many aspects of bird migration as well as current research and conservation work going on at the Lab. We will also have bird-banding demonstrations, the Cornell Raptor Center’s live birds of prey, bird walks, nest watching walks, and a variety of engaging games and activities for children. See for more information and directions to the event.

Plantations Logo

Our display highlights the new Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center home to Plantations’ garden gift shop, and café. A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 11 to 4pm. Activities include "greens" tour of the building, tours of our gardens, activities for children of all ages, live music, refreshments, and much more! The program is free and will be held rain or shine.


New Sciencenter Exhibition Opens May 21.
Whether you prefer organized sports or going it alone, the Sciencenter’s new summer exhibition, Sportsology, will get you moving! The Sciencenter has filled one of the library’s display cases with every kind of sports ball imaginable. Guess the number of balls in the display case for a chance to win a Sciencenter Family Membership, valid for one year. Entry forms are available at the Sciencenter’s front desk. Plan your visit to the Sciencenter at

Cayuga Nature Center
Cayuga Nature Center, & the Museum of the Earth,

Enjoy a sneak peak at great adventures to be found this spring and summer at PRI's Museum of the Earth and it's new nature experience at Cayuga Nature Center. See the zany art of Ray Troll in Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway June 4-September 5; wander the new Butterfly Garden and walk through acres of nature trails at CNC.

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