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, 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
7:00 pm

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 Presbyterian Churchin Penn Yan. A suggested donation of $10 per person benefits both organizations.

Saturday, March 7
10:00 am

Genealogy Workshop Series - Introduction to Genealogy

Learn the many resources for family history research and how to organize what you find with Executive Director, Tricia Noel.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

Wednesday, March 11
1:00 pm

Genealogy Workshop Series - Ancestry.com

All levels of experience with this website are welcome to join this session to ask questions and learn from each other. Executive Director, Tricia Noel will instruct participants in what Ancestry can do to help you with your family research. A Wi-Fi ready laptop is needed for this workshop.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

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

Genealogy Workshop Series - Hands-on Danish Genealogy

Stephanie Olsen will help you get started on researching online and using genealogical resources. A Wi-Fi ready laptop is needed for this workshop.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

Wednesday, March 25
1:00 pm

Genealogy Workshop Series - Tracing Italian Family Roots

Explore your Italian heritage, learn how to research regions of Italy and find your ancestors in primary documents such as census and church records. Instructor Tricia Noel uses her experience tracing her own Italian roots.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

Saturday, April 7
10:00 am

Genealogy Workshop Series - German Genealogy

Instruction in how to research your German ancestors will focus on on-line resources, namely ancestry.com. Learn how to deal with German language and handwriting barriers while researching with free on-line resources. An extensive list of resources will be provided for take home and future use.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

Saturday, April 18
10:00 am

Genealogy Workshop Series - Tracing U. S. Military Service

This workshop will guide you through existing records of America's soldiers, from Civil War to Vietnam, both off-line and on-line that form the foundation of a service record. Additional resources will be highlighted to assist filling in important details abut units and organizations mentioned in documents.

All genealogy workshops will be held at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum. Each workshop costs $25 or choose any four for $75. Registration with payment by February 27th is needed.

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-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 May 2, class size is limited to 12 people.

Saturday, May 23
10:30 am

Chicken BBQ

Support the History Center and enjoy a delicious chicken dinner with your choice of coleslaw or macaroni salad, salt potatoes, roll w/butter and Gale Wyn Catering's famouse chicken. Look for us at Lyons National Bank!

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, February 16, 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...