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Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860. Continue reading about us...

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A Walk Down Memory Lane (a.k.a. Main Street, Penn Yan, 1945)

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Apple Evaporator

August, 1927

The Day Tom Thumb Came to Penn Yan

Douglass, Frederick - The Slaveholders' Rebellion


Finch's Store in Rock Stream

Flu Season 1918

From the Schofield Letters: Admiral Frank H. Schofield

From the Schofield Letters: Emancipation Day, 1896

From the Schofield Letters: Medical Matters

From the Schofield Letters: Remember the Maine - Part 1

From the Schofield Letters: Remember the Maine - Part 2

From the Schofield Letters: The USS Constellation

From the Schofield Letters: The "Wheeling" Craze of the 1890s

From the Schofield Letters: Yates County's Admiral and Pearl Harbor

Genealogy: Write About Yourself

The Irish in Yates County

John L. Lewis

Keuka Lake Steamboat "Wars"

Lake Keuka, Text and pictures taken from Illustrated Keuka

The Last Man at the Benham

The Last Passenger Train From Penn Yan

Lewis Pott's Ice Cutting on Keuka Lake

Mom and Pop Grocery Stores in Penn Yan

Okinawa: The Ernie Pyle Connection

The Old School: PYA in the 1930s

A Penn Yan Band in Chicago (1933)

Penn Yan Colored Giants (1925)

Penn Yan Cuban Giants (1924)

Penn Yan's Cold War "Thaw"

Penn Yan's Whale Tale

Penn Yan's Woman's Rights Convention 1855

Research: Community Columns in Local Papers

Research: Tales From the Atlas

Research: Tales From the Atlas #2

Research: Tales From the Atlas #3

Seneca Lake Ice-Sheets, the freezing of its waters in 1855

Stephen A. Douglas

Susan Miller Dorsey

TR Speaks in Penn Yan (November 1900)

This Unidentified Photo

The Question That Won't Die: Is One of George Washington's Personal Secretaries buried in Dundee?

VJ-Day in Yates County

Walkerbilt, building material dealer and woodwork manufacturer

We've Been Asked: Who WAS Robert Ingersoll?

Wild Bill Albertson and His Miller Special

World War I: The Yates County Homefront (1917 - 1918)

Yates County and Women's Suffrage

Yates County Fair Once Attracted Carrie Nation and Billy Sunday

Yates County Home Guard (1917 - 1919)

Yates County Remembers the Lake Street Fairgrounds


Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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