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

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
12:00 noon

Scanning History Roadshow - Italy
Do you have precious historical documents or photographs that help tell the story of Yates County? The Yates County History Center's Imaging Team is coming to the Italy Town Hall to scan your photos or papers to add to the History Center's digital collection and the New York State Heritage website, free to you!

All originals are returned immediately and scanned images are available upon request.
Documents/photos do not need to be from Potter, but do need to be from Yates County. Please call (315) 536.7318 for more information. Italy Town Hall, 6060 Italy Valley Road, Naples.

This project was made possible by a Regional Bibliographic and Databases grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
11:00 a.m.

In Memorium: Gravestone Symbols and Their Meanings
Join Executive Director Trica Noel to learn about the symbols on historic gravestones and learn their meanings, explore interesting epitaphs found right here in Yates County. $8/members, $12/non-member at the Yates County History Center.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
10:00 a.m.

Scanning History Roadshow - Potter
Do you have precious historical documents or photographs that help tell the story of Yates County? The Yates County History Center's Imaging Team is coming to the Rushville History Room to scan your photos or papers to add to the History Center's digital collection and the New York State Heritage website, free to you!

All originals are returned immediately and scanned images are available upon request.
Documents/photos do not need to be from Potter, but do need to be from Yates County. Please call (315) 536.7318 for more information. Village of Rushville History Room, South Main Street, Rushville.

This project was made possible by a Regional Bibliographic and Databases grant from the South Central Regional Library Council.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
5:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting 2022
Join us for our Annual Meeting at the Lakeside County Club in Penn Yan! Choose from filet mignon, chicken marsala or spaghetti squash. $40/person, $70/couple. Please call (315) 536.7318 to RSVP by October 7. 

Our guest speaker will be John Marks, a Penn Yan native and Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Historic Geneva since 2000, who will give his talk "A Brief History of the Pre-Emption Line." He began his museum career in the late 1980s as an Oliver House volunteer, and has a MA in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta.

   
   

Bicentennial Celebration

Next year -2023 - marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Yates County, which was formed out of Ontario County in 1823.

To commemorate our county's bicentennial and by partnering with Yates County History government and other organizations and groups in the county, YCHC plans to host a series of events as part of a yearlong celebration. More details will be announced, follow along on Facebook.


 

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

 

 
           
 

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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