Mennonites of Yates Co. exhibit opens next week

The Yates County History Center is proud to announce the opening reception for the new exhibit, “How Should We Then Live?” The Groffdale Mennonites of Yates County from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 3. The L. Caroline Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel St. in Penn Yan will host the exhibit.

Forty-five years ago, the first Mennonite family migrated to Yates County from Ephrata, Pa. Despite our proximity to one another and the many years they have been here, myths and assumptions about these deeply religious people prevail. In cooperation with Mennonite community spokesperson Ivan Martin, the History Center will present this photographic exhibit with narrative to answer the public’s questions.

Photographers featured include: Spencer Tulis, Judson Reid, Steve Knapp, Sidney Mann, Sue Ptacek, and the staff at The Chronicle Express.

The reception will be followed by a talk at 7 p.m. by Ivan Martin concerning the Mennonite community’s beliefs and stories of farm and family life. The lecture will be held across the street at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Penn Yan.

Tickets are $8 for History Center members and $12 for non-members.

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