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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

Upcoming events can also be found on our Facebook Events Page.

Wednesday, March 18
1:00 pm

Genealogy Workshop Series - Hands-on Danish Genealogy - Postponed. New date TBA.

Stephanie Olsen will help you get started on researching online and using genealogical resources. A Wi-Fi ready laptop is needed for this workshop.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register.

Wednesday, March 25
1:00 pm

Genealogy Workshop Series - Tracing Italian Family Roots

Explore your Italian heritage, learn how to research regions of Italy and find your ancestors in primary documents such as census and church records. Instructor Tricia Noel uses her experience tracing her own Italian roots.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register.

Saturday, April 7
10:00 am

Genealogy Workshop Series - German Genealogy

Instruction in how to research your German ancestors will focus on on-line resources, namely ancestry.com. Learn how to deal with German language and handwriting barriers while researching with free on-line resources. An extensive list of resources will be provided for take home and future use.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register.

Thursday, April 9
11:00 am

Native American Storyteller Ronnie Reitter

Young and old will enjoy how Reitter, Seneca storyteller, interprets the Haudenosaunee peoples' history through dance and puppetry. The United Methodist Church in Penn Yan is where this great spring break event will be held. Admission is free for students and $8 for adults. Let us know you'll attend by calling 315-536-7318.

Reitter's appearance is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered locally by the Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG) at Auburn Public Theatre.

Saturday, April 18
10:00 am

Genealogy Workshop Series - Tracing U. S. Military Service

This workshop will guide you through existing records of America's soldiers, from Civil War to Vietnam, both off-line and on-line that form the foundation of a service record. Additional resources will be highlighted to assist filling in important details abut units and organizations mentioned in documents.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register.

Thursday, April 23
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Village of Dresden Town Hall!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Dresden Town Hall to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and a photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Saturday, May 9
11:00 am

With Your Own Two Hands: Pioneer Open Fire Cooking

Learn fire making techniques with Denny and Merrill Race, prepare colonial and modern recipes. Includes tasting & take-home recipes. Fee of $15 for YCHC members and $20 for non-members. Class will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan. Register by email at ycghs@yatespast.org or call 315-536-7318. Deadline to register by is May 2, class size is limited to 12 people.

Thursday, May 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Italy Town Hall!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Tyrone Town Hall to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Saturday, May 23
10:30 am

Chicken BBQ

Support the History Center and enjoy a delicious chicken dinner with your choice of coleslaw or macaroni salad, salt potatoes, roll w/butter and Gale Wyn Catering's famous chicken. Look for us at Lyons National Bank!

Saturday, June 10
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Barrington Town Hall!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Barringto Town Hall to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Friday, June 19

A Dangerous Freedom

Exhibit opening in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Abolitionist heroes, freedom seekers and the Underground Railroad during a turbulent time in Yates County.

Funded by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Saturday, June 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Middlesex Town Hall!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Middlesex Town Hall to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and a photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Saturday, July 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Bluff Point Methodist Church!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Bluff Point Methodist Church to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and a photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Saturday and Sunday
July 24 - 25

Revolutionary War Conference

Examine the war for independence by exploring immigrant involvement, the role of women, battlefield archaeology and veterans resting in Yates County. Registration coming soon.

Saturday, August 8
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Imaging Roadshow

Coming to the Lakemont Congregational Church!

YCHC is proud to announce that their imaging team is going out on the road. You are invited to bring your precious photographs, documents or items with Yates County ties to the Lakemont Congregational Church to be photographed. Doing so will preserve these items for future researchers, both locally at the Yates County History Center and the world via New York Heritage Digital Collections. Items are returned after detailed information is recorded and photograph taken. Volunteers are needed to assist at each site. Call 315-536-7318 for inquiries.

This project is funded by a grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Ongoing

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Ongoing

The Catherine Spencer Center for Genealogical and Historical Research at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum is open when the Underwood Museum is open.


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