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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, September 20
6:00 pm

New Book - Hidden History of the Finger Lakes

Join us on Third Thursday on Main Street, September 20th at 6 p.m. for a short talk and book signing by author Patti Unvericht.  She is the History Press author of Ghosts and Hauntings of the Finger Lakes and a native to the Finger Lakes region, living in Rochester. She is a member of the Ogden Historical Society, Palmyra Historical Society, Victor Historical Society and the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery (Rochester), where she also gives tours.  Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 5
1:00 pm

Centennial Exhibit: Cornell Cooperative Extension-Yates County 

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Yates County Farm Bureau on Friday, October 5th at 1 p.m. as we open a new exhibit in the Oliver House Museum celebrating 100 years of their service to the Yates County agricultural community.  

The early part of the nineteenth century saw many new organizations and clubs begin in Yates County-Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Legion, 4-H and Farm Bureau.  Farmers needed training to work with new motorized farm equipment.  They wanted more science based research about their soils and crops to make a better profit.  The land grant college at Cornell University brought that knowledge to Yates County via Farm Bureau.  

The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will be housed on the second floor of the Oliver House Museum at 200 main Street in Penn Yan.  

This event is one of hundreds of events offered throughout NYS during I Love NY’s Path Through History weekend, October 5-7.  The Oliver House Museum will be open on Saturday, October 6th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for continued enjoyment of the new exhibits.

Saturday, October 6
10 am - 2:00 pm

I Love NY's Path Through History Weekend

The Oliver House Museum will be open on Saturday, October 6th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for continued enjoyment of new exhibits during I Love NY's Path Through History Weekend, October 5 - 7.


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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