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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.

Saturday, June 17
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Political Postcards Exhibit

Political Postcards is a temporary exhibit from the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. It depicts children, holidays, anti suffrage sentiment, and promotion of the National Suffrage Association in postcards mailed around the country. Displayed in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, attendees will also be able to enjoy the Centennial Exhibit: Hear Our One Voice, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in NYS.

Political Postcards will be on display until July 8th.

Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Yard Sale

Books, furniture, lamps, pack n play, humidifier, entertainment center.  Come check it out!!  Accepting donations through Thursday June 29.

Saturday, July 8
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the historic buildings along Main Street in Penn Yan.  Join tour guides at 10 a.m. at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street for an informative, entertaining jaunt down Main Street. 

Fee is $5.00 each for Yates County History Center members and $10 each for non-members.  Become a member at the door. 

Tours last about an hour and one half.  Wear comfortable shoes-tour will head to Main Street bridge and back to enjoy the exhibits at the Oliver House Museum.  Tours will also be offered on July 22, August 12 and 19.  In case of inclement weather, please call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, July 22
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the historic buildings along Main Street in Penn Yan.  Join tour guides at 10 a.m. at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street for an informative, entertaining jaunt down Main Street. 

Fee is $5.00 each for Yates County History Center members and $10 each for non-members.  Become a member at the door. 

Tours last about an hour and one half.  Wear comfortable shoes-tour will head to Main Street bridge and back to enjoy the exhibits at the Oliver House Museum.  Tours will also be offered on July 22, August 12 and 19.  In case of inclement weather, please call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, July 22
2:00 p.m.

Teachers and Suffrage at the Overackers Schoolhouse, Rte. 364 and Vine Valley Road, Middlesex.

Overackers Schoolhouse will be the site of this lecture, re-enactment and ice cream social at 2 p.m. Saturday July 22 on Rte. 364 at Vine Valley Road, Middlesex.  The organization of teachers throughout N.Y.S. allowed the suffrage message to be spread easily.  Did local teachers dare to publicly support the suffrage amendment?  Find out more at this cooperative event presented by the Middlesex Heritage Group and the Yates County History Center.  For more information, call the Yates County History Center at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 5
1:00 p.m.

Yates County’s Cobblestone Houses

Cobblestone homes are unique to western New York architecture. Several houses in Yates County were built in this style. Learn more about these beautiful homes on Saturday, August 5 during a lecture by Richard Palmer of Syracuse. $5.00 for Yates County History Center members; $10 for non-members. Talk will take place at the L. Caroline Underwood museum, 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan. For more information contact the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 12
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the historic buildings along Main Street in Penn Yan.  Join tour guides at 10 a.m. at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street for an informative, entertaining jaunt down Main Street. 

Fee is $5.00 each for Yates County History Center members and $10 each for non-members.  Become a member at the door. 

Tours last about an hour and one half.  Wear comfortable shoes-tour will head to Main Street bridge and back to enjoy the exhibits at the Oliver House Museum.  Tours will also be offered on July 22, August 12 and 19.  In case of inclement weather, please call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 19
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the historic buildings along Main Street in Penn Yan.  Join tour guides at 10 a.m. at the Oliver House Museum, 200 Main Street for an informative, entertaining jaunt down Main Street. 

Fee is $5.00 each for Yates County History Center members and $10 each for non-members.  Become a member at the door. 

Tours last about an hour and one half.  Wear comfortable shoes-tour will head to Main Street bridge and back to enjoy the exhibits at the Oliver House Museum.  Tours will also be offered on July 22, August 12 and 19.  In case of inclement weather, please call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 26
2:00 p.m.

A Walk Through Yates County History

Lakeview Cemetery is the place where local actors bring back to life the interesting stories of the people buried there!

Six characters from the past will reappear to tell their stories of tragedy and triumph.  Local volunteer actors will tell the stories of teachers, suffragists, WW I soldiers, and early settlers to the county. 

Tickets are $5.00 each or $15 for a family.  Parking is limited to the Penn Yan village lot across from Elm Street entrance to cemetery.  Assistance may be available to get from parking lot to start of tour.  This event is presented by Penn Yan Public Library and the Yates County History Center.  For more information, call the YCHC at (315)536-7318.

Saturday, October 7

Harriet Tubman

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
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