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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.


Medical Lecture Series: The Spanish Influenza Epidemic

Dr. James Bell will talk about the national and local effects of the flue epidemic which occurred during WW1. The impetus for building of Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan was a direct result of this terrible plague. Date TBA

Thursday, November 29
& Friday, November 30

Let's Decorate the Oliver House

Do you enjoy decorating for the holiday season? The History Center staff needs your help to decorate the Oliver House Museum for the holidays. We need great ideas and lots of energy. Please come down to the museum and get in the spirit of the season!

Saturday, December 1
4:00 to 7:00 pm

Star Shine Open House

Plan a visit to the Oliver House Museum as Main Street, Penn Yan celebrates the holiday season and we celebrate Carrie Oliver's 155th birthday. The museum will be decorated for the holiday season and the traditional Christmas toy tree will be standing. Children are invited to pick a free toy from the tree, courtesy of the volunteers at the Once Again Shoppe. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to view the newest exhibits: The Healers and 100 Years of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Volunteer docents and cookie bakers are needed for the event. Contact Tricia or Lisa at 315-536-7318

Thursday, December 6
6:00 pm

YCHC Annual Meeting

World War 1, Armistice and the Home Front will be the topic of this year's annual meeting presentation by Preston Pierce. Pierce is the Ontario County Historian and lecturer at FLCC. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 pm, followed by dinner, business meeting and and Pierce's lecture starting at 7 pm. The highlight of the business meeting will be the presentation of the Arnold Potter Award.

Make your prepaid reservations by November 30th. Tickets are $30 each or $50 for a couple. Dinner choices are steak, fish or chicken and includes appetizers, coffee and dessert. Beverages are available to purchase separately.

There will be silent auction to benefit YCHC. Please contact Tricia if you have items to contribute. Call 315-536-7318 or email ycghs@yatespast.org to reserve a seat.



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 am to 4 pm year around.  Additionally, during July and August the museum is open Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.


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


The Scherer Carriage House is open Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm 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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