History Center reopens with new exhibit

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Yates County History Center has reopened with an exhibit of the Abolitionist activities in the area in the 19th century.

The Yates County History Center is proud to announce that, it has reopened and a new exhibit is available to view in the Underwood Museum. “A Dangerous Freedom: Abolitionists, Freedom Seekers, and the Underground Railroad in Yates County” examines the history of slavery in the United States, federal laws that made escaping bondage extremely dangerous, the freedom seekers who settled in Yates County, and the abolitionists who publicly fought slavery and secretly hid freedom seekers in their homes. 

Long overlooked in Underground Railroad history, Yates County had several active sites and whole organizations dedicated to abolition. Learn about Underground Railroad stops in all parts of the county, including Penn Yan, Lakemont and Branchport, local churches that split over slavery, and unusual escape methods. The exhibit features original artwork, objects belonging to area abolitionists, and extensive research on local people and sites associated with the Underground Railroad. Abbey Brown, Jim Crevelling, Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Alicia Linzy and Sue Stork assisted with research and artwork. An accompanying book based on the exhibit will be produced. 

The exhibit is open beginning July 7, Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. Please call 315-536-7318 to make your appointment. Masks and social distancing are required. This exhibit was funded by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.