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Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860. Continue reading about us...

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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.

Fund raisers 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

All of YCHC Events for the remainder of 2020 will be free of charge and virtual. They may be enjoyed on our Vimeo Channel.
The following list of lectures, interviews and portrayals are available:


Phyllis Smith
Milly Bloomquist
Maxine Fullagar
Marge Cornell
Marcia Dugan
Ellen Salisbury
Doris Scherer
Corrie Stork
Carlotta Kirk Coriser
Ann Potter Boyd


Julie Sheppard
Susannah Clara Hatmaker
Myron Hamlin
Frankie Merson
John Thomas


Free From the Fear
Veterans of Yates County
Outdoor Cooking, Part 1
Outdoor Cooking, Part 2
Immigrants Who Got the Job Done: Foreign Fighters in the American Revolution


Thursday, November 5
6:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Yates County History Center will meet to conduct its annual meeting virtually via Zoom. Imagine what our founding members from 160 years ago would think!

The meeting is open to all YCHC members and will strictly be a business meeting. If you would like to participate in our Zoom Annual Meeting, visit the Zoom website and "JOIN A MEETING" using Meeting ID: 923 0711 9704 and Password: 046175.

Thursday, November 5

Win This Doll House!

One of the newest fund raisers for the Yates County History Center is the silent auction of a miniature house crafted by Mr. Red Presher of Penn Yan. Mr. Presher found the house’s plans in a 1970s edition of Popular Mechanics magazine. He handcrafted all the pieces. He even made a moving/storage box for it. He estimates it took him over 100 hours of work, done occasionally over two years. Most miniature houses are made from kits but this one was handcrafted.

Thanks to the generosity of Stacey and Becky Ingerick, owners of the Keuka Candy Emporium on Main Street, Penn Yan, it is on display there now and will remain there until our annual meeting - the business community’s celebration of the Christmas shopping season. If you are in Penn Yan, stop by the Keuka Candy Emporium to see it.

To bid on this “work of art,” just call us at 315-536-7318 and speak to Lisa Harper, our Administrative Assistant. Bids can also be placed by using our email ycghs@yatespast.org.

The highest bidder will be announced on November 5, 2020. Will this miniature house be a treasured heirloom to be passed down through generations? This is your opportunity to create lasting memories!



Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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