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.

Thursday, January 16
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Penn Yan Branchport Trolley Lecture

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 23
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Willard Asylum Lecture

Have you go cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Saturday, January 25
11:00 am

With Your Own Two Hands: Embroidery

Learn basic stitches with Katie Tomlinson, see the progression of intricate pieces and assorted styles, examples from the History Center's collections, including human hair embroidery. Fee of $18 for YCHC members and $22 for non-members and includes a kit with all supplies needed to create an ornament. Class will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan. Register by email at ycghs@yatespast.org or call 315-536-7318. The deadline to register by is January 21, 2020, class is limited to 12 people.

Thursday, January 30
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - What Lies Beneath? Encore of Art Cohn's Lecture from our annual meeting

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 6
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Mennonites of Yates County lecture by Ivan Martin, Jr.

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 13
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Crystal Springs and the Lost Resort Lecture by Terry Grady

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 20
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Glenn Curtiss Lecture by Traff Dohertry

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 27
Noon

Throwback Thursday DVD - Penn Yan's Only Silent Movie

Have you got cabin fever? Come down to the Underwood Museum at noon on Thursdays, beginning January 16th to enjoy local lectures on DVD with Historic themes. Bring your lunch and your friends. There is no admission fee, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 27
Noon

Hot Chocolate and Cool History

Friends of the Keuka Outlet Trail and the Dearly Departed Players of the History Center bring characters to life who tell amusing and amazing stories of Yates County history. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the event. It will be held at the United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall in Penn Yan. A suggested donation of $10 per person benefits both organizations.

Saturday, March 7
11:00 am

March is Genealogy Month - Introduction to Genealogy - repeat of 2019 workshop

Join us for a workshop series designed to help you create your family tree. Each workshop costs $25 per person or $75 per person for all four. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register one week in advance of the class.

Wednesday, March11
1:00 pm

March is Genealogy Month - Introduction to Ancestry - repeat of 2019 workshop

Join us for a workshop series designed to help you create your family tree. A wifi enabled laptop is recommended for this class. Each workshop costs $25 per person or $75 per person for all four. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register one week in advance of the class.

Saturday, March 14
11:00 am

With Your Own Two Hands: Grow Heirloom Plants

Lecture by Cornell Cooperative Extension agricultural educator, Carolyn Boutard-Hunt on choosing and caring for historic types of vegetables, fruit and flowers. Recommendations on varieties to grow successfully in New York. Fee of $8 for YCHC members and $12 for non-members. Class will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan. Register by email at ycghs@yatespast.org or call 315-536-7318. Deadline to register by is March 10, 2020, class is limited to 30 people.

Wednesday, March 18
1:00 pm

March is Genealogy Month - Hands on Danish Genealogy

Join us for a workshop series designed to help you create your family tree. Each workshop costs $25 per person or $75 per person for all four. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register one week in advance of the class.

Wednesday, March 25
1:00 pm

March is Genealogy Month - Tracing Italian Family Roots

Join us for a workshop series designed to help you create your family tree. Each workshop costs $25 per person or $75 per person for all four. Call the office at 315-536-7318 to register one week in advance of the class.

Saturday, May 9
11:00 am

With Your Own Two Hands: Pioneer Open Fire Cooking

Learn fire making techniques with Denny and Merrill Race, prepare colonial and modern recipes. Includes tasting & take-home recipes. Fee of $15 for YCHC members and $20 for non-mmebers. Class will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan. Register by email at ycghs@yatespast.org or call 315-536-7318. Deadline to register by is May 2, class size is limited to 12 people.

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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Monday, January 6, 2020 | 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...