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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. Fundraisers 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.

Friday, May 18
2:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet and Greet Reception for New Executive Director

The History Center will introduce its new Executive Direction, Tricia Noel at this open house. Come view the exhibits, meet Tricia and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday, May 26
11:00 am - 4:00 pm or until sold out

Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ to benefit Yates County History Center at Lyons National Bank, 205 Liberty Street, Penn Yan. Catering by Gale-Wynn, the meal includes salt potatoes, coleslaw or macaroni salad, roll and butter for $9. Chicken only for $7. Presale tickets are available by calling 315.536.7318 and presale pick up is from 11:00 am to 12:30.

Saturday, June 2
9:00 am

Walk For Water

Yates County History Center will host a learning station at the Lake Street playgound pavillion during the Walk For Water. Kids can mill their own grain and see water power in action. Learn more about the oldest surviving mill on the Outlet, Birkett Mills and buckwheat.

Saturday, June 16
1:00 pm

Path Through History Lecture: The Burned Over District and The Universal Friend

Tricia Noel, YCHC's new Executive Director, will lecture about the area of religious fervor in Western NY known as the Burned Over District at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

This event is one of hundreds of events occurring all over NYS during I Love NY's Path Through History Weekend.

Friday, July 6
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Yard Sale

Support your local museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan.

Saturday, July 7
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Yard Sale

Support your local museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan.

Saturday, July 14
10:00 am

Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history o Penn Yan's Main Street, starting at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street. Tours last about 90 minutes. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Tuesday, July 17
7:00 pm

The Early Wageners and Their Religion

Program held at the Caroline Underwood Museum. $5 or YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, July 21
10:00 am

Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history o Penn Yan's Main Street, starting at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street. Tours last about 90 minutes. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, July 28

1896 Penn Yan Women's Club Meeting and Tea

Tea and presentation about this suffrage club active in the late Victorian era, at the historic Taylor House, 342 Main Street in Penn Yan. Reservation required, cost $15.

Saturday, August 4
10:00 am

Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history o Penn Yan's Main Street, starting at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street. Tours last about 90 minutes. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, August 4
10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Spencer Center Family Research

Trained volunteers will staff the Research Center and have materials available for getting started with family history research.  Use of the Research Center is $20 for the day or $5.00 per hour.  Members of the History Center use the Research Center at no charge. Copying and scanning services are also available.

For the best research experience, the History Center encourages visitors to call ahead, if possible, to 315-536-7318 so materials can be pulled in advance.  Those interested may also want to check out the History Center’s genealogical research page.

Saturday, August 11
10:00 am

Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history o Penn Yan's Main Street, starting at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street. Tours last about 90 minutes. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, August 11
10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Spencer Center Family Research

Trained volunteers will staff the Research Center and have materials available for getting started with family history research.  Use of the Research Center is $20 for the day or $5.00 per hour.  Members of the History Center use the Research Center at no charge. Copying and scanning services are also available.

For the best research experience, the History Center encourages visitors to call ahead, if possible, to 315-536-7318 so materials can be pulled in advance.  Those interested may also want to check out the History Center’s genealogical research page.

Saturday, August 18
10:00 am

Main Street Walking Tours

Learn about the amazing history o Penn Yan's Main Street, starting at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street. Tours last about 90 minutes. $5 for YCHC members and $10 for non-members.

Saturday, August 18
10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Spencer Center Family Research

Trained volunteers will staff the Research Center and have materials available for getting started with family history research.  Use of the Research Center is $20 for the day or $5.00 per hour.  Members of the History Center use the Research Center at no charge. Copying and scanning services are also available.

For the best research experience, the History Center encourages visitors to call ahead, if possible, to 315-536-7318 so materials can be pulled in advance.  Those interested may also want to check out the History Center’s genealogical research page.

Saturday, August 25
2:00 pm

Walk Through History Cemetery Tour

Walk Through History Cemetery Tour at Lakeview Cemetery, Elm Street, Penn Yan. Meet five dearly departed persons to hear their amazing stories. $5 each or $15 for a family. Benefits Penn Yan Public Library and Yates County History Center.

Saturday, September 8
11:00 am

Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ to benefit Yates County History Center at Lyons National Bank, 205 Liberty Street, Penn Yan. Catering by Gale-Wynn, the meal includes salt potatoes, coleslaw or macaroni salad, roll and butter for $9. Chicken only for $7. Presale tickets are available by calling 315.536.7318 and presale pick up is from 11:00 am to 12:30.

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 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  Additionally, during July and August the museum is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ongoing

The L. Caroline Underwood Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  The administrative offices and the research center are located here.

Ongoing

The Scherer Carriage House is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.


Yates County History Center
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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