What's Going On At The Herkimer County Historical Society!
OCTOBER EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS!
"HAUNTED HISTORIC FOUR CORNERS" - GHOST TOUR - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6:00-9:00 P.M.
Take a tour of the "Historic Four Corners" like you never have before. Members of the "Ghost Seekers of Central New York" will be stationed in the 1834 Herkimer County Jail and in our 1884 Suiter museum building, and outside the 1875 Herkimer County Courthouse, to tell of their findings from paranormal investigations in these buildings. The top floor of our Suiter building that houses our collection will be open on this tour. Even if you may not be interested in the paranormal aspect of the tour, it's a great opportunity to see the 1834 Jail and the top floor of our collection area.
This is a joint fundraiser with the "Friends of Historic Herkimer County" who are renovating the 1834 Herkimer County Jail. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help with maintenance projects to preserve the 1834 Jail and the 1884 Suiter museum building.
The cost is $12.00 pre-sale tickets and $15.00 at the door that evening. Stop by the Historical Society to purchase your tickets or mail us a check to: Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350 and we will mail your tickets to you. For more information, call us at (315) 866-6413.
"CELEBRITY ROAST OF BOB CASULLO" - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 @ 6:00 P.M. - LITTLE FALLS TRAVELODGE
Retired College and NFL football coach Bob Casullo and Little Falls native returns to the Valley for a good roasting! He was one of our featured roasters when we roasted John Scarano several years ago. Now it's John's turn as he returns as our Roastmaster. It should be an interesting evening! Some background information on Bob: he began his coaching career at Syracuse University and went on to coach for the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's a great evening out and is always entertaining!
ONE DAY BUS TRIPS - COME TRAVEL WITH US!
The Herkimer County Historical Society holds Bus Trips throughout the year as a fundraiser for our organization. We hope you will join us! All buses depart from Herkimer. For more information on our bus trips or to sign up, please call us at (315) 866-6413 or stop in to our office location at 406 N. Main Street in Herkimer, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
STERLING RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL - SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Step back in time to 1585 to the village of Warwick where Queen Elizabeth presides over a Festival of entertainment. Additional costume actors - gypsies, pirates, and others stroll the grounds entertaining the patrons, not to mention the Renaissance musicians, bagpipers, illusionists and sword-swallowers! Twice daily the performers join together in a grand processional through the Festival grounds. There ar a large number of artisans and crafts people and various food vendors available. Let's not forget the jousting field and full-contact jousting! The cost is $60.00 for adults and $45.00 for children ages 5-11. The cost includes your entrance ticket.
VERMONT IN THE FALL - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
One of the best times to visit Vermont is in the autumn when the leaves are breathtakingly beautiful! We are heading to Weston, VT to visit the Vermont Country Store (there are nearby stores that are a must-see as well, not to mention taking a stroll in Weston). Then, we are going to the outlet shopping mecca of Manchester. The cost is $50.00.
NEW YORK CITY - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
Our popular trip to New York City at Christmas time! We will be dropping off at Macy's, always a must-see for their holiday window displays. Enjoy the day on your own to see the sights and decorations, go to a Broadway show or visit a museum, take a stroll through Central Park and watch the ice skaters, and shop at the many stores and boutiques. The cost is $60.00.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2016.
Tuesday, August 16 @ 6:00 p.m. - "Middleville Cemetery Walking Tour" by Susan Perkins
Come learn about the community of Middleville and the people that lived there on this interesting walking tour through the cemetery.
Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Local Hikes - Enjoying The Outdoors" by Jim Hopson
An avid hiking enthusiast who has climbed all 46 Adirondack High Peaks and 35 Catskill High Peaks, he is now happiest when making his own path on the many bushwhacks that he undertakes to climb the untrailed peaks in both parks and the state of Vermont. There are local hikes in Herkimer County and within a 2-hour driving distance that are beckoning people to enjoy the outdoors and Jim will share them with you, along with giving helpful advice on what to take on a hike.
Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Haunted Old Forge" by Ghost Seekers of Central New York
Their newest book is based on the group's paranormal investigations in the Old Forge area, resplendent with history and apparitions. They will be available to sign copies of their book after the program. They also authored the book "Haunted Mohawk Valley" available for sale in our Gift Shop.
Suiter Building museum is open to the public throughout the year,
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and during July and August (starting
the second Saturday in July) on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
learn about Herkimer County's history as you tour the two floors of
our 1884 Victorian Suiter Museum building. When you arrive at our
facility, please come to our office building located right next door
at 406 N. Main Street first.
OUR TEMPORARY EXHIBIT ROOM
Over forty volunteers helped with the Dig at various times throughout the summer with Phil and Kate Creighton, amateur archaeologists, overseeing the project. All of the items found were cleaned and accessioned and put into a computer program to be documented for the future. Some of the more unique findings will be put on display in our Suiter museum building with a special exhibit opening on the evening of Tuesday, September 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., open to the public. That same evening, Terry McMaster will be presenting a program "Prologue To Oriskany" at 7:00 p.m., tracing the events and circumstances that culminated at the Battle of Oriskany. The exhibit will be open after that during the Society's regular hours.
ON "SEARCHING FOR FORT DAYTON ARCHAEOLOGY DIG"
We had a busy summer with their Fort Dayton Archaeological Dig taking place in our side yard. What turned out to be a search for remnants of the Revolutionary Fort that was located on their property turned out to be a discovery of a multitude of artifacts linked to Dr. Walter Suiter, who built the Historical Society's museum building in 1884 and used it as his doctor's office. An exciting find early on in the dig was an early 1800's well with a rare square capstone. Inside the well was even more productive with over 200 medical bottles being pulled out, with some of the original liquid still contained tightly inside, along with medical instruments. The property previous to the doctor was used as a tavern and nearby was a cooper and blacksmith shop. Parts of clay pipe stems and bowls littered the ground underneath, the majority dating from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's, but there were several that did hit on the Fort Dayton time period.
exhibit is open 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and can be seen in our
Suiter Museum building. Please come to the Eckler Building first at
406 N. Main St. where we have our offices.
JOYCE KELLER DOLL HOUSE AND MINIATURE
For Everyone! Our Joyce Keller Doll House and Miniature
Collection is now housed on the second floor of our museum. It was
previously located in the old 1834 Jail when it was donated to the
Historical Society in 1985. The collection features 7 houses and 20
room settings, created by Herkimer resident Joyce Keller. It is a
popular attraction that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages!
IN THE GIFT SHOP
NEW BOOK - UPDATED VERSION OF "MURDER IN THE ADIRONDACKS" BY CRAIG BRANDON
New information has come to light since the first publication of "Murder in the Adirondacks" in 1986 by Craig Brandon and the fully revised and expanded edition of htis book has just been published! Most of you may be familiar with the case - Chester Gillette was convicted or murdering his girlfriend Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake in 1906. It became the basis for Theodore Dreiser's famous novel "An American Tragedy" and the Hollywood film "A Place in the Sun." The cost of the book is $24.95, plus tax.
UPCOMING NEW BOOK - "WOMEN BELONG IN HISTORY BOOKS - HERKIMER & ONEIDA COUNTIES 1700-1950" - Volume 2 - $25.00
We are excited to announce that VOLUME 2 of this popular book, edited by Jane Spellman, featuring the fascinating lives of women from the Herkimer and Oneida Counties, will be due out by the end of August! Over 50 new women will be featured in this second volume.
The book will be available for sale at the Society's Gift Shop for $25.00, plus tax.
The Herkimer County Historical Society's Gift Shop is located in our Eckler Building, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, and open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's during July and August, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
To have books mailed, please add $4.00 for postage and send a check to: Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.
see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop