Historic Main Street tours return to Penn Yan

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Penn Yan Historic Main Street Walking Tours

Visitors and locals alike appreciate the historic buildings along Penn Yan Main Street. Join the volunteer tour guides at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10 at the Oliver House Museum for an informative and entertaining jaunt down Main Street.

Susan B. Anthony

Did you know that Susan B. Anthony spoke at Cornwell Opera House (now Longs’ Cards & Books)? This and other lesser known information will be shared during the visits.

The fee is $ 8 for Yates County History Center members and $ 12 for non-members. Visitors can become members at the gate. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, heading to the Main Street Bridge and back, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Call the Yates County History Center at 315-536-7318 before 3 p.m. on Friday, July 9 to reserve a spot. Limited space available.

You made a difference and the Yates History Center would like to thank you!

Oliver House Museum and Underwood Museum at the Yates County History Center at the corner of Main and Chapel streets in Penn Yan.

This spring, we reported to you that our outdated computer system was putting us at risk of losing our files. You stepped up! You have reposted our fundraising request on your social media. You sent checks to meet the matching grant from a generous donor. At the end of the call, we were able to purchase the necessary program, Past Perfect, transfer all the files, train our staff in its use, and have money deposited for the annual update fee. You are impressive!

For everyone’s enjoyment, our Education Committee has created a safe way to get out and find out more about Yates County, The Yates Scavenger Hunt. Each commune had at least two places that people had to visit, following the given clues. Over 20 teams registered, having a 3 week period to research and visit. Six teams tied for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places! The feedback has been so positive that the committee plans to propose it again next year. Plan to have fun next year.

In terms of town planning, did you know that in 2023, Yates County will be celebrating its bicentennial? What can we do to celebrate? Dances? Parade? Special events? Your ideas are important and necessary, as well as your participation. Contact us now to be part of the planning group!

We would also like to thank everyone who supported our Chicken BBQ on Memorial Day weekend at the Banque Nationale de Lyon parking lot. The money earned goes directly to maintaining our three-building campus and continuing to offer programs for your enjoyment. The most recent was “A Dangerous Freedom”, featuring the story of the escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad. It was part of the Pathways through History weekend on June 19. We have also posted many videos on our Vimeo channel that have kept you engaged and safe during Covid restrictions.

We look forward to your continued support as our historical figures provide refreshments on July 7 during the Yates Concert Series. Walking tours of historic Main Street, Penn Yan, will once again be offered in July and August. Please call 315-536-7318 for dates and times.

On July 24, our director, Tricia Noel, will be offering an in-person talk on the history of vaccines.

Do you know Robert Seldon Rose? Marie Curtis? Rhoda Bradley? William Maxwell? Marie Hunford? These local Yates County figures will come to life on our scheduled 2 p.m. cemetery tour on August 14 at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan.

Other events are planned for fall and early winter. We invite you to be part of it!


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