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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.

Thursday, March 16

Throwback Thursday

DVD showing - Sergeant York (Gary Cooper)

Thursday, March 23

Throwback Thursday

DVD showing - Finton's of Barrington

Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30

Throwback Thursday

DVD showing - Special two day showing of Not For Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns US Suffrage documentary

Thursday, April 6

Throwback Thursday

DVD showing - All's Quiet on the Western Front (Lew Ayres)

Saturday, April 8
1:00 p.m.

War Declared - WWI Commemoration

On April 6, 1917, American lives were changed forever as the United States entered World War I. Join Yates County History Center to commemorate this centennial event and hear the stories of Yates County veteran heroes told by local actors and visit our exhibit. Meet Admiral Schofield, Nurse Carolyn Jones, Alfred Williams, Jr. and others. Admission to the commemoration is $10/member and $15/non-member and will be held at the Oliver House Museum.

Wednesday, April 22
1:00 p.m.

Ballots and Blooms lecture by Dr. Norman Dann

The Genevan, Elizabeth Smith Miller, daughter of Gerrit Smith of Peterboro; abolitionist, suffrage supporter and cousin of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Dr. Dann, professor and author, will address Miller's involvement in the suffrage movement in NY and nationally. Admission to the program is $10/member and $15/non-member and will be held in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum.

Saturday, June 3

Suffrage Day in Penn Yan

June 17 & 18

Path Through History Weekend

Historic sites, museums and parks all across New York State will be offering events in celebration of Path Through History Weekend.

Saturday, June 17
1:00 p.m.

Political Postcards Exhibit

Colleen Spellecy, board of directors member to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum will open the traveling exhibit, Political Postcards, with commentary about the political cards depicting children, holidays, anti-suffrage sentiment and promotion of the National Suffrage Association. Admission to the opening is $5/member and $10/non-member. While at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, enjoy the centennial exhibit, Hear Our One Voice, which celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage in New York State.

Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1

Yard Sale

Do you have items to donate? Please support us with your donation! Items can be dropped off any time during business hours or call the office at 315-536-7318 for special pickups.

Saturday, August 12

Robert Ingersoll and the Suffrage Movement

Saturday, September 16

Women's Club 1915

Saturday, October 7

Harriet Tubman


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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  Additionally, during July, August and September the museum is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The L. Caroline Underwood Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 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 10 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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Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Copyright © 2017