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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.

Thursday, January 10
Noon

A History of Willard Asylum For The Insane

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 17
Noon

History of The Penn Yan Boat Company

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 24
Noon

A Tour of The Town of Jerusalem's Shoreline on Keuka Lake

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 31
Noon

Charles Williamson Promoting Civilization in The Wilderness

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 7
Noon

History of Taylor Wine Company

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 14
noon

Canal Boats of The Finger Lakes

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 21
Noon

Hidden Figures: Black History & Outstanding Women of the 20th Century

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 28
Noon

The Glen Miller Story with intro by Merrill Race

Throwback Thursday DVDs - Enjoy local lectures and Hollywood productions with historic themes on DVD. Remedy your cabin fever by bringing your lunch and friends to the Underwood Museum on Thursdays this winter! There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 28
7:00 p.m.

Hot Chocolate and Cool History: Fox Mill, Mays Mill and Milo Mill

Meet Edward Taylor of Mays Mills, Mrs. Lucy Fox, widow of William Fox of Fox Mill and others during this second year of Hot Chocolate and Cool History! Brought to you by the Friends of The Keuka Outlet Trail and the Dearly Departed Players of the History Center. Volunteer actors bring characters to life who tell the amusing and amazing stories of the history of Yates County.

The United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Penn Yan, opposite the Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel Street, is where you'll find us. Suggested donation of $10 benefits both organizations. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the show!

Thursday, March 6
7:00 p.m.

March is Genealogy Month

The History Center has organized a series of great workshops for family history lovers. The cost to attend all four workshops is only $75 or pick and choose the workshop you'd like to attend for only $25 each. Register by February 27th for your choice of topics. A laptop with wifi ability is needed for the Ancestry workshop on March 20th.

Capturing Your Family's Story: Tips For Oral History Interviews

Steve Mumby and Aaron Mumby will discuss strategies for conducting oral history interviews. Steve Mumby, a retired Ontario County Sheriff's Department Investigator and active member of the Gorham Historical Society, will draw from his experience conducting over 150 interviews of Veterans, family members and community members, by sharing the experiences he has had and lessons he has learned in documenting history. Aaron Mumby, Penn Yan Academy Library Media Specialist, will discuss the technological aspects of documenting history in this format, providing attendees with ideas on which technologies will help them best meet their needs in effectively capturing history.

Thursday, March 13
1:00 p.m.

March is Genealogy Month

The History Center has organized a series of great workshops for family history lovers. The cost to attend all four workshops is only $75 or pick and choose the workshop you'd like to attend for only $25 each. Register by February 27th for your choice of topics. A laptop with wifi ability is needed for the Ancestry workshop on March 20th.

Intro To Genealogy

During this workshop YCHC Executive Director Tricia Noel will share with you the many resources for family history research and how to organize what you find. Bring along some family member names with birth and death dates to begin your family tree!

Thursday, March 20
1:00 p.m.

March is Genealogy Month

The History Center has organized a series of great workshops for family history lovers. The cost to attend all four workshops is only $75 or pick and choose the workshop you'd like to attend for only $25 each. Register by February 27th for your choice of topics. A laptop with wifi ability is needed for the Ancestry workshop on March 20th.

Ancestry.com

During this workshop YCHC Executive Director Tricia Noel will teach and share tips for using Ancestry.com.

Thursday, March 27
1:00 p.m.

March is Genealogy Month

The History Center has organized a series of great workshops for family history lovers. The cost to attend all four workshops is only $75 or pick and choose the workshop you'd like to attend for only $25 each. Register by February 27th for your choice of topics. A laptop with wifi ability is needed for the Ancestry workshop on March 20th.

Researching Your European Ancestors

Follow Andy Baus, YCHC Trustee, on this adventure!

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.


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