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, August 24
2:00 p.m.

Walk Through History at Lakeview Cemetery

This year’s tour will feature the Public Universal Friend, her family members, supporters and naysayers for a themed walk.  Meet David Wagner, Arnold James Brown Potter, Patience Wilkinson Potter, Elizabeth Smith and Jemima Wilkinson as she visits for a little while before returning to her anonymous grave.  Admission is $10 each or $20 for a family.  Proceeds benefit both Penn Yan Public Library and the Yates County History Center.  Please park at PY Municipal lot across the street from Lakeview Cemetery’s Elm Street entrance.  Friends of the PY Public Library are supplying golf carts to assist participants.

Saturday, August 24
10:00 a.m.

Penn Yan Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history of Penn Yan’s Main Street! The walking tour begins at the Oliver House Museum at 200 Main Street and continues to the Main Street Bridge before returning. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.  The cost is $8.00 for YCHC members and $12 for non-members.  In case of inclement weather, call the office at 315-536-7318.

Saturday, August 31

Final Saturday Hours

Open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 7
11:00 a.m. until sold out

Chicken BBQ by Gale Wyn Caterers

Enjoy one of the last tastes of summer and support the Yates County History Center.  BBQ is held at the Lyons Bank parking lot on Liberty Street in Penn Yan.  Dinners are $10 and chicken only is available for $7.50.  Presale orders should be picked up by 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 14
10:00 - 11:30 am

Open Hours

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Johnson Costello Post of the American Legion, the museum will be open during their parade. Stop by the Oliver House Museum to see our American Legion exhibit.

Saturday, September 21
1:00 p.m.

240 Years Later-Rethinking Sullivan’s Campaign Lecture

Join Amie Alden of Livingston County and Gary Emerson, Schuyler County Historian as they look back on the Revolutionary War campaign that destroyed Native American settlements in Kashong, Yates County and Geneva. The lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church in Penn Yan and the cost to attend is $8.00 for YCHC members and $12 for non-members.

Saturday, October 12
1:00 p.m.

Murder and Mayhem on Main Street

Celebrate this spooky time of year with a frightening stroll along Main Street in Penn Yan recalling true stories of dastardly crime and assault. Our own Dearly Departed Players and others will help tell the stories of darker times in the little village. Tour starts at the haunted Oliver House Museum and lasts about one hour. Tickets are $15 for YCHC members and $20 for non-members.

Thursday, October 24
6:00 pm

2019 Annual Meeting

YCHC's annual meeting will be held at the Lakeside Country Club in Penn Yan. The speaker this year will be Art Cohn, the Director Emeritus of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont. Cohn will discuss underwater archaeology in the Finger Lakes with his lecture titled "What Lies Beneath: A shipwrecks Survey Begins to Unlock the Secrets of Seneca Lake." New York State is in teh midst of its Bicentennial celebration of building its amazing canal system. During the 19th century, this system, which changed the State and the Nation, connected Seneca Lake to three canals; the Cayuga and Seneca, the Chemung and Keuka's own Crooked Lake Canal. In 2018, the Lake Chaplain Maritime Museum, working with the Corning Museum of Glass and the New York State Museum, began mapping the bottom of Seneca Lake. In two years of work, the researchers have surveyed almost 30% of Seneca Lake's bottom and will provide a preliminary report on the results of their work.

Meal choices are stuffed chicken, broiled haddock or vegetarian pot pie. The price per person is $30 or $55 per couple. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, October 15th.

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!

Ongoing

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.

Ongoing

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.

Ongoing

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.

Ongoing

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.


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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Sunday, August 25, 2019 | Copyright © 2019

A community museum where every story matters!

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...