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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.

Friday, October 20
5:00 pm

History Center Annual Meeting

The Yates County History Center will hold its annual meeting on Friday, October 20th at the Abandon Brewing Company at 5 pm.

The annual meeting will include election of officers, presentation of the Arnold Potter Award for outstanding work in the field of history and a retirement celebration for Executive Director John Potter.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served with a selection of craft beers and local wines available for purchase.  Handmade dessert pretzels will also be served.  Non-alcoholic beverages are available.  Music will be provided by DJ Mike Gleason.

Tickets are $15.  Abandon Brewing Company is located at 2994 Merritt Hill Rd. just outside of Penn Yan.  Advanced ticket sales are required by October 13th.  Call the History Center office at (315)536-7318 for more information about this event or to sign up. 

Saturday, November 11
11:00 am

History Center Open House

Once again, the History Center will host the annual Yates County Veterans' Day ceremonies at the Oliver House Museum. This event, marked on Armistice Day, will honor the service of all veterans.

View the WWI centennial exhibit, "Yates In The Great War" in the Oliver House Museum and the suffrage exhibit, "Hear Our One Voice" in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum celebrating the 100th anniversary of the November 6, 1917 vote which gave NYS women the right to vote.

Refreshments, coffee and donuts, will be served.


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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