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Hear Our One Voice Suffrage Exhibit

Using images and costumes from the archives of the YCHC, Hear Our One Voice presents topics such as dress reform, Native American influence on women’s rights campaigns, women’s work, and the campaign itself.  View the rare Yates County petition boards carried by women in the final New York City Suffrage Parade in 1917. Hear the stories of remarkable women of Yates County.  As a virtual extension in the celebration of women, visit our collection of first-person recordings of Women Who Made A Difference.




Harriet Tubman Visits Yates County October 7th

Harriet Tubman is an icon for the struggle for freedom in the United States whose story might have been lost to history except for one woman, Sarah Bradford, who agreed to write her friend's biography. Why did she say, "Yes," when others called her plan to make a heroine of a black woman and slave a "quixotic attempt," doomed to failure from the start.

Join us for a two-part event featuring the documentary "Daughters of the New Republic: Sarah Bradford and Harriet Tubman" by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' professor, Linda Robertson and historic reenactor Maggie Moore-Holley who will deliver an original reenactment of famed abolitionist and suffragist, Harriet Tubman.

Calendar of Events for more details.

Photo of Maggie Moore-Holley courtesy of Cultural Expressions



Admiral Frank H. Schofield: A Portrait In Letters of An American Navy Family (1886-1942) is the newest addition to YCHC Heritage Books & Gifts.

The book came about because of a long-forgotten stash of letters found in an upstate New York barn and recently retired history teacher, Rich MacAlpine, had the curiosity and time to weave them into a wonderful story of a struggling farm family and a son who went on to become the Commander-in-Chief of America's fleet.

Visit YCHC Heritage Books & Gifts today and find more treasures on local history!


Overhalls and Leftovers by Al Jensen is a collection of forty short stories about Penn Yan and Keuka Lake and Yates County life in the early twentieth century. Follow Al Jensen as he shares his memories and previously unpubished photographs.

Heritage Books & Gifts has the softcover on sale for only $5 (was $12)! Discounted for a limited time, don't miss this huge savings!

Don't miss this great opportunity to add the freshly reprinted atlas, New Historical Atlas of Yates County New York Illustrated Everts, Ensign & Everts 1876, to your historic library. Enjoy the look of the original with the strength of a newly created book!

Nearly identical to the original, this 114 page hardcover book is slightly smaller at approximately 14" x 17", contains 28 individual colored maps of each of the townships, villages and hamlets within Yates County's borders and many line drawings of places and people as they were in 1876.

Heritage Books & Gifts has it on sale now, below cost, for only $100 plus tax.



Yates County History Center helps people come to understand and appreciate the importance of local and family history. Our work and present level of programming is supported largely by financial support through membership and contributing donors. Become involved!



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NYS Historic Newspapers has become the repository for over 100,000 pages of YCHC's historic newspaper collection. In the coming months more and more of them will become available at NYS Historic Newspapers for searching

The guide General Comments and Search Examples will help you get started searching these valuable resources.

Help us locate missing issues of newspapers.



George S. Sheppard and his son Oliver meticulously saved newspaper clippings over the span of approximately fifty years - 1903 through 1953. The Sheppard Scrapbooks, as they are fondly referred to, have been digitized and are available for your researching and reading enjoyment.


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