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‘Pre-Emption Line’ topic of YCHC annual meeting

John Marks, the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Historic Geneva, will present a lecture titled “A Brief History of the Pre-Emption Line” during the Yates County History Center’s annual meeting.

The annual meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 at Lakeside Country Club, located at 145 Route 54A/East Lake Road in Penn Yan. Admission costs $40 per person or $70 per couple, and meal choices include filet mignon, chicken marsala, or spaghetti squash.

Please register for this event by Friday, October 7 by calling the History Center at (315) 536-7318.

Marks is a Penn Yan native and has worked for Historic Geneva since 2000. He began his museum career in the late 1980s as an Oliver House volunteer, and he has a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta. The Pre-Emption Line runs north to south from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border, cutting through Yates County and other areas of the Finger Lakes region, and divided New York State from lands claimed by Massachusetts after the American Revolution. The line also shaped the history of Yates County and western New York in ways that still resonate today.