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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.

Saturday, September 5
11:00 am

Free of the Fear: The History of Inoculations and Vaccinations

Tricia Noel, Executive Director, will lecture about diseases that plagued our ancestors, such as smallpox and diphtheria, and the science and research that went into defeating them. This is a free lecture and will be posted to our Vimeo page.

Saturday, September 9
11:00 am until gone

Chicken BBQ

Come on out to support YCHC and enjoy one of the last tastes of summer with a Gale Wyn Chicken BBQ, held at the Lyons Bank parking lot on Liberty Street in Penn Yan. Chicken dinners are $10 and chicken only are $7.50.

Please wear a mask and abide by social distancing recommendations. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Saturday, September 19
11:00 am - Noon

Introduction to Italian Genealogy

Tricia Noel, Executive Director, will share tips on how to start researching your Italian ancestors. The fee for this remote lecture is $25. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants. Telephone 315-536-7318 to register.

Saturday, September 26
11:00 am - Noon

Danish Genealogy

Stephanie Olsen will share tips on how to research your Danish ancestry. The fee for this remote lecture is $25. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants. Telephone 315-536-7318 to register.

StarShine 2020

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 through StarShine - 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 when the public visits the Oliver House Museum at StarShine 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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