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

   

Saturday, July 6
11:00 a.m.

James M. Cole: The Showman of Penn Yan

Author Mike Straka will discuss the life and work of James M. Cole and the Cole Circus and talk about his new book. The program will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum located at 107 Chapel Street in Penn Yan.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration in advance is not required but is welcome. Checks and cash can be used to pay in advance or at the door.

   

Saturday, July 20
11:00 a.m.

History of Winemaking and Wineries in the Finger Lakes

William King, of Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport, will give a lecture on the history of winemaking and wineries in the Finger Lakes.

A native of the Finger Lakes, William grew up working in his family’s vineyards as well as working for various local wineries and restaurants. He has a MS in Education from the University at Albany and has earned certifications from Wine Scholars Guild, Court of Masters, and WSET. His passion and primary focus is on the East Coast wine industry. He currently is the Director of the of the Greyton Taylor Wine Museum and a brand ambassador for Bully Hill Vineyards.

This program will take place at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum located at 107 Chapel St. in Penn Yan. Admission costs $10 for YCHC members and $15 for nonmembers. There is no need to register or pay in advance.

   

Saturday, August 3
11:00 a.m.

Kit Houses and Catalog House Plans of the Keuka Lake Region

Jeff Gabel will discuss the kit homes present around Keuka Lake and the companies that built them. The program will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum located at 107 Chapel Street in Penn Yan. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration in advance is not required but is welcome. Checks or cash can be used to pay in advance or at the door.

   

Tuesday, August 6 through Friday, August 9
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. each day

Cursive Camp for Kids

For middle and high school students, Cursive Camp will teach the basics of reading and writing in cursive, including historical texts. Materials will be supplied and there is no fee, but the camp is limited to the first 15 students who register. It will take place at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum located at 107 Chapel Street. Call 315-536-7318 or email to register.

   

Saturday, August 17
2:00 p.m.

Rain date is August 24

Walk Through History Cemetery Tour

Watch and listen as historical figures from Yates County’s past share their life stories and talk about some of the moments that shaped our history and our present. From early pioneers to turn-of-the century residents, these people have much to tell about their experiences in life.

The tour will take place at the Benton Rural Cemetery on Havens Corners Road between the Flat Street and North Flat Street intersections. Parking is available at Benton Ridge Trusses – just down the road from the cemetery at 2331 Havens Corners Road – with shuttle service from the parking lot to the cemetery and back. Admission costs $10 per person or $20 per family.

   

Saturday, September 14
11:00 a.m.

The Devil Hath Been Raised Amongt Us: Causes and Effects of the Salem Witch Trials

Yates County History Center Executive Director Tricia Noel will speak about the Salem Witch Trials. The presentation will take place in the basement of the Methodist Church,166 Main Street, Penn Yan. Admission costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration in advance is not required, but is welcome. Checks and cash can be used to pay in advance or at the door.

   

Monday, September 23
9:00 a.m registration

First Annual Golf Tournament
Lakeside Country Club, 145 SR 54, Penn Yan

Tee Up For History Golf Tournament begins with registration at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. YCHC is seeking sponsors to support a portion of the tournament as well as players to enter a team.

Sponsorship levels range as follows, with various benefits based on each level: $100 individual/non-business sponsor; $150 tee and green sponsor; $500 food sponsor; $1,000 cart sponsor; and $2,000 title sponsor. A foursome costs $500 and includes food, 18 holes of golf with cart, on-course contests, and player gifts.

A Sponsorship Agreement can be submitted by August 1 and September 1 is the deadline for participation. For more information on sponsoring the golf tournament or entering a foursome to participate, please call (315) 536-7318 or email ycghs@yatespast.org.


 

YCHC events held virtually may be enjoyed on our Vimeo Channel.

The following list of lectures, interviews and portrayals are available:

 
 

Interviews

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

Portrayals

Julie Sheppard
Susannah Clara Hatmaker
Myron Hamlin
Frankie Merson
John Thomas

Lectures

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
Historic Mourning Customs

Colonial Crafts-Candle Dipping

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath
Colonial Crafts-Chair Caning

The Art of Canning Peaches

 

 
           
 

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