Jerusalem, Yates County
Looking Into the Past



Celebrated in June 2015 - Placement of new historic roadside signage. The new signs are located at the New York State Route 54A overlook located between Pepper Road (exit to the Keuka Lake State Park) and east of Branchport, New York. The site overlooks Keuka Lakes west branch.

At the same time Town of Jerusalem officials and the Jerusalem History Club team commemorated the placement of the Beddoe Rose Cemetery on the National Registry of Historic Places. The historic cemetery is located in the Keuka Lake State Park.

The History Club members, Town and New York State officials worked together to make it happen! The three year-long project is noteworthy for commitment to a project from vision to reaching the final goals.

The History Center congratulates the Jerusalem History Club team for a job well done!

Focus on Yates County Women’s History in 2015

During 2015 the History Center shines a light on women in Yates County history in a year-long program emphasis: “Women Who Made a Difference.” Among this group are religious, woman’s suffrage, abolitionists, educators and anti-poverty workers, community organizers, artists, business leaders and sole-family bread winners. Program attendees will learn about societal influences and expectations placed on women living in a male-centered world. The January program highlighted those who worked in traditional roles with textiles and fashion, interweaving the story with our vast vintage costume collection. Selected items from our costume collection will be on exhibit throughout the year at both the Oliver House and Underwood Museums.

L. Caroline Underwood was remembered in February as a highly regarded educator and benefactor of our own Underwood Museum. Local actor Patty Larzelere portrayed Miss Underwood’s life as a teacher during the first part of the 20th century with information and items found in the Underwood collection.

In March the roles and expectations placed on young women in the nineteenth century was brought forward in the presentation: “Young Mary Bitley of Jerusalem.” Donna Copson presented Miss Bitley from the young woman’s personal mid-19th century journal. The Bitley historic home rejuvenation was by current owners, Carolyne and Jon Hunt.

On May 9th “The Danes of Yates County”, with Stephanie Olsen, will be discussed. Ms. Olsen will bring to life people from her own family’s immigrant history in light of the larger story of the Danish people’s settlement in Yates County.

Additionally, as part of the “Women Who Made a Difference” year-long effort, we are making available audio-video recordings from the project “Through the Eyes of Women: Yates County.” These first-person recordings were made in the early 2000’s by members of the Yates County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and feature Yates County life experiences from a women’s viewpoint.

These videos are fun and inform about a women’s real life experience of the times past. As time progresses, check here as more will be added.

CARLOTTA “KIRK” CROSIER interviewed August 2001 by Helen Stewart, Videotaped by Barbara Alconero Kirk was born in the Hatmaker Hospital in 1916. She went to Penn Yan Academy where the teachers were more interested in her ability as a basketball player. In those years, girls basketball was a big thing.



Helen Stewart interviews CAMILLA (MILLY) BLOOMQUIST. Milly came to Penn Yan in 1958 when her husband was hired as a Vice President of Keuka College. Readers will want to also view items from Milly's life story including the program brochure from her Presidential Award ceremony, which is now on display in The Oliver House center hall exhibition area.



Barbara Alconero interviewed MARGE CORNELL. Marge talks about her experiences working in Penn Yan’s Barden and Robeson Basket Factory and at Michaels Stern Corporation.

Below, Bonnie Barney interviews DORIS SHERER. Doris was born in 1903 and grew up in a house on North Main Street near the hospital and the railroad track. Doris tells of transportation experiences including train travel, the horse and buggy, then the early automobile. The Sampson Opera House, dances at Electric Park and the Keuka Hotel, and roller skating at the Lakeside Hotel.


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