Thomas Gilbert Eldred

Thomas Eldred

Title: History Educator

Company: Cayuga County Government

Location: Union Springs, New York, United States

Thomas Gilbert Eldred, History Educator at the Cayuga County Government, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in government and history education.

Drawing upon more than 45 years of professional experience, Mr. Eldred is an esteemed figure in the realms of education and government, having most recently served as a county historian for Cayuga County in Auburn, NY, from 1975 to 2001. During this period of time, he also served as a social studies teacher at Union Springs Central School from 1954 to 1992. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was the coordinator of National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1990 to 1998.

Equally passionate about his community, Mr. Eldred has been the founder of the Frontenac Historical Society in Union Springs, NY, since 1975, having also been involved with the Cayuga County Bicentennial from 1997 to 1999 and the Cayuga County Model Senate in Auburn from 1976 to 2005. Prior to these appointments, he was involved with the Bicentennial Commission in Union Springs from 1975 to 1977 and was the chairman of the planning board in Union Springs from 1970 to 1975.

To prepare for his career, Mr. Eldred pursued formal education at the University at Albany, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. He subsequently earned a Master of Arts from Syracuse University in 1965. Thereafter, he completed coursework at Southern University Tokyo and Cambridge University in 1970 and 2000, respectively. He is a certified social studies teacher in the state of New York.

Throughout his career, Mr. Eldred has written two books, “East of Cayuga Bridge” and “Citizen in Our Local Environment.” These books were notably distributed to all of the schools in Cayuga County for students to read. In an effort to remain aware of recent developments within his industry, he maintained affiliation with several organizations, including the County Historians Association of New York State, where he served as vice president and president between 1990 and 1997. Likewise, he has been associated with the Canal Society of New York State, the National Railway Historical Society, the New York State Historical Association, the Association of Public Historians of New York State, and the New York Retired Teachers Association.

As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Eldred has accrued myriad accolades. Inducted into the Athlete Hall of Fame in 2013, he received the Dewitt Clinton Award for Community Service from the Warren Lodge F.A.M. #147 in 1991 and was named an Outstanding Teacher of American History from the New York State Daughters of the American Revolution in 1982. In the same vein, he was deemed an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America in 1974. However, the highlight of his career was winning his first award, the Valley Forge Classroom Medal, which was given to him by the Freedom Foundation in 1962. He has been highlighted in the 12th edition of Who’s Who in the World and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the East.

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