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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, April 22
1:00 p.m.

Ballots and Bloomers lecture by Dr. Norman Dann

The Genevan, Elizabeth Smith Miller, daughter of Gerrit Smith of Peterboro; abolitionist, suffrage supporter and cousin of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Dr. Dann, professor and author, will address Miller's involvement in the suffrage movement in NY and nationally. Admission to the program is $5/member and $10/non-member and will be held in the L. Caroline Underwood Museum.

Saturday, May 27
11:00 a.m. - Sold out

Chicken Barbeque by Gale-Wyn

The Gale-Wynn Catering company serves up your choice of a delicious salad (macaroni or coleslaw), salt potatoes, chicken and roll with butter. Think spring and buy your tickets now.  $8.50 full dinner. Chicken only available the day of the barbeque. Get your tickets at the YCHC office or from any board of trustee member.

Monday, May 29
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Oliver House Museum Open Memorial Day

All are invited to visit the centennial WW I exhibit, Yates In The Great War.

June 17 & 18

Path Through History Weekend

Historic sites, museums and parks all across New York State will be offering events in celebration of Path Through History Weekend.

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

Yard Sale

Do you have items to donate?  Please think of us.  You can drop off items any time during business hours or call the office at (315)536-7318 for special pickups. This a big fundraiser for YCHC and we need your support.  Volunteers will also be needed.

Saturday, July 8

Summer Saturdays
10:00 a.m.

Main Street, Penn Yan Walking Tours

Once again, the History Center will offer walking tours on summer Saturdays to showcase the history and architectures of Main Street, Penn Yan. Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Oliver House Museum.

July 8 | July 15 | July 22 |July 29 | August 5 | August 12 | August 19 | August 26

We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated guides for this summer to show off our community.  Tours last about one and a half hours. Sign up for one tour or many.  If you are interested in volunteering, please call Lisa at the office (315)536-7318.

Saturday, August 12

Robert Ingersoll and the Suffrage Movement

Saturday, September 16

Women's Club 1915

Saturday, October 7

Harriet Tubman


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!


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.


The Oliver House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  Additionally, during July, August and September the museum is also open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The L. Caroline Underwood Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.  The administrative offices and the research center are located here.


The Scherer Carriage House is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year around.


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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