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Yates County History Celebrates Finger Lakes History


The Yates County History announces our new exhibit, Lakelife: Communities Shaped By Water, is open now in the gallery of the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, located at 107 Chapel St. in Penn Yan. Visitors can come to explore and learn about Native American history, the history of transportation and recreation, lake legends, and more. This exhibit is funded by a Humanities NY Quick Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a kind donation from our friends at Barrett Marine in Waterloo.

Lakelife will be a study of how the Finger Lakes, particularly Keuka, Seneca, and Canandaigua, have been used by the people of Yates County for thousands of years and how the lakes have shaped the history, lifestyle, and culture of Yates County communities. The exhibit will continue throughout the calendar year.

The History Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 per person donation is suggested for admission.

The Yates County History Center has a mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Yates County and operates the L. Caroline Underwood Museum, the Oliver House, and the Scherer Carriage House, which contains the permanent exhibit on the Public Universal Friend.

The History Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5 for admission. For information, call (315) 536-7318, email [email protected], or visit yatespast.org.

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