Jerusalem, Yates County
Looking Into the Past

June 20, 2015 at 1 p.m.
A dedication of new historic signage and a celebration of the historic Beddoe Rose Cemetery being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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.

Below, Bonnie Barney interviews Doris Scherer. 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.

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.


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.


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