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An important part of our mission at the Yates County History Center is to inform the public about the history of Yates County through museum exhibits and hands-on programs. Fundraisers are held throughout the year that are educational, fun and supportive of the Center's programs. To register or for more information regarding an event, please call 315.536.7318.

All of our programs are open to members and the general public. Check out what's going on at the History Center!

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events can also be found on our Facebook Events Page.

Saturday, August 19
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the historic buildings along Main Street in Penn Yan.  Join tour guides at 10 a.m. at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street for an informative, entertaining jaunt down Main Street. 

Fee is $5.00 each for Yates County History Center members and $10 each for non-members.  Become a member at the door. 

Tours last about an hour and one half.  Wear comfortable shoes-tour will head to Main Street bridge and back to enjoy the exhibits at the Oliver House Museum.  Tours will also be offered on July 22, August 12 and 19.  In case of inclement weather, please call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 26
2:00 p.m.

A Walk Through Yates County History

Lakeview Cemetery is the place where local actors bring back to life the interesting stories of the people buried there!

Six characters from the past will reappear to tell their stories of tragedy and triumph.  Local volunteer actors will tell the stories of teachers, suffragists, WW I soldiers, and early settlers to the county. 

Tickets are $5.00 each or $15 for a family.  Parking is limited to the Penn Yan village lot across from Elm Street entrance to cemetery.  Assistance may be available to get from parking lot to start of tour.  This event is presented by Penn Yan Public Library and the Yates County History Center.  For more information, call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, September 9
11:00 am

End of Summer Chicken BBQ

We love our barbequed chicken so much we decided to do it again at Lyons Bank in Penn Yan!!  The Gale-Wynn Catering company serves up your choice of a delicious salad (macaroni or coleslaw), salt potatoes, chicken and roll with butter. Get your tickets now-$9.00 full dinner. Chicken-only sales available the day of the barbeque. Get your tickets at the YCHC office or from any board of trustee member.  Volunteer servers are needed.

Saturday, October 7
1:00 pm

Remarkable Women - Harriet Tubman Visits

Yates County History Center will present an afternoon with Harriet Tubman.  The two part event will feature a documentary by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Professor, Linda Robertson entitled, “Daughters of the New Republic” followed by a reenactment of Tubman by Rochester resident, Maggie Moore-Holley.

Prof. Linda Robertson's documentary, "Daughters of the New Republic," explores the lives of Harriet Tubman and her biographer Sarah Bradford, and why Tubman trusted Bradford to tell her story to the world.

Harriet Tubman is an icon for the struggle for freedom in the United States. Her story might have been lost to history except for one woman, Sarah Bradford, who agreed to write her friend's biography. But who was she? 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. Working together, these two indomitable women, one born a slave and a hero of the Civil War, the other born into a privileged New York family, gave voice to their shared vision of the New Republic.

Maggie Moore-Holley is a historic reenactor who delivers her own original reenactment of famed abolitionist and suffragist, Harriet Tubman. She is also a member of Rochester’s African American Women’s Gospel Choir AKOMA, whose West African Akan name means patience, endurance, consistency and faithfulness.

This event will be held in the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church in Penn Yan, Main Street entrance.  Tickets are $5 for Yates County History Center members and $10 for non-members.  Children attend at no charge.

This event is part of YCHC’s year long celebration of the 100th anniversary of NYS Women’s Right To Vote.  It is also one of many events offered throughout the state during I Love NY’s Path Through History Weekend.


Donate your refundable cans and bottles to our tote in the parking lot of History Center.  Every penny counts!  There is also a container at Two Can Dan’s refund center on Benham Street with our name on it!


Check us out on Facebook.  There are always old photos posted with fun recollections by friends of the History Center.   Find fellow history lovers and former residents of Yates County who have moved away.


The Oliver House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  Additionally, during July and August the museum is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The L. Caroline Underwood Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  The administrative offices and the research center are located here.


The Scherer Carriage House is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.


The Catherine Spencer Center for Genealogical and Historical Research at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum is open when the Underwood Museum is open.

Yates County History Center
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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