What's Going On At The Herkimer County Historical Society!
We will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.
CELEBRITY SERVER BREAKFAST - THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30-9:30 A.M. AT THE LITTLE FALLS TRAVELODGE - $10
We are excited to announce our 6th annual "Celebrity Server Breakfast"at Little Falls Travelodge on June 16! You can come at any time from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and be waited on by the server of your choice. And we have a fine selection of servers to choose from: Ron Hess, Jr. from Fenner Funeral Home is leading the pack as last year's Head Celebrity Server. Joining him are George Aney (Herkimer attorney), Mark Blask (City of Little Falls Mayor), Peter Campione (Herkimer County Legislator), Bart Carrig (Little Falls Attorney), Joseph Cirillo (Mohawk attorney), Kelly Coffin (Crazy Otto's Empire Diner), Dominic Frank (Town of Herkimer Supervisor), Travis Heiser (Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs owner), Raymond Johnson (Herkimer County Legislator), Jennifer Lamphere (Little Falls Adirondack Bank manager), Bruce Lyon (Village of Dolgeville mayor), Jane Malin (Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts director), Greg Malta (Herkimer County Legislator), Noelle Miller (Miller-Plonka Funeral Home), Eric Newman (W. E. Autenrith Sons Funeral Home), John Scarano (Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce director), Robert Schrader (Herkimer County Legislator), Tammy Smith (Herkimer Citizens Bank manager), and Fred Weisser (Weisser's Jewelers).
Tickets are only $10.00 each and are available ahead of time from the Historical Society, any of our servers, or at the door that morning.
Our servers will also be selling raffle tickets ahead of time to help them towards their tip count (the server who earns the most tips wins the title of this year's Head Celebrity Server). You can help them by purchasing raffle tickets which are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. The prizes are: 1st prize, $100 Walmart Card; 2nd prize, Large platter of Italian Cookies (donated by Sylvia Rowan); and 3rd prize: Miniature Black Diamond earrings ($250 value).
Thank you to all of our servers for helping make this event possible and to our returning chairwoman Sylvia Rowan, our media sponsors TimesTelegram and Bug Country Radio, to Salada for donating tea for our Breakfast, and to HARC's Herkimer Industries for donating the aprons that our servers will be wearing that morning.
We are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and located at 406 N. Main Street in Herkimer! For more information, call us at (315) 866-6413.
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.
BOSTON - SATURDAY, MAY 21
Another historic city and a popular destination is Boston! We will be arriving at Quincy Market for a day on your own. Walk the Freedom Trail featuring historic sites along the way that tells the story of our nation's founding, visit the New England Aquarium, stop in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, visit the USS Constitution - the list goes on, there's so much to do and see! The trip costs $60.00/person.
FINGER LAKES WINERIES - SATURDAY, JULY 16
Head to the renowned Wine Country with us to the Finger Lakes region to some of the best wineries in the state! We first arrive at Thirsty Owl Wine Company in Ovid, NY along Cayuga Lake where we can enjoy a wine tasting with breathtaking views of the lake. Then, we are off to Seneca Lake to visit Wagner Vineyards in Lodi, NY, one of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the region. Wagner has over 30 award winning wines ranging from bone dry to dessert wine sweet. Here, you have the option of having lunch at the Ginny Lee Cafe or bring your own to eat at their outdoor porch. And we're not done! We head to Bully Hill Vineyards near Keuka Lake where we will have a wine tasting and you will have the option of going on a free 30 minute walking tour, which are held on the hour. The cost of the trip is $65.00 with lunch and $55.00 without lunch.
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 $45.00.
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.
Wednesday, May 18@ 7:00 p.m. - "Central New York Beer and Hops" by Daniel Shumway
Author of "Central New York Beer" and Society member Daniel Shumway will present a program on the region's history of hops and local breweries. His private collection of over 30,000 beer cans started in the 1970's and he has the biggest collection of Utica Brewery in the country. His book features a history of breweries that are within a 50-mile radius of Utica. Come join us for this fascinating history of brewing in New York State.
Thursday, June 23 @ 7:00 p.m. - "A Look At The Park in the 1950's" by John Taibi
This presentation features photographs of the Adirondack Park and northern region of Herkimer County taken by renowned Observer Dispatch chief photographer Dante Tranquille in the 1950's. It will bring back memories of those times and showcase the photographic work of Tranquille, who won numerous awards for his work from the New York State Associated Press (1945), New York State Fair (1951), and T.W.A. (1952-54, 1956-57). One of his best honors came when the Museum of Modern Art in New York selected two of his photos for "the Exact Instant," a show of 100 of the best news photographs of the century. Taibi, of Munnsville, is a premiere railroad lecturer of central New York and is working on a 4-volume series of books on New York Central's Adirondack Division.
Thursday, July 14 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Above and Beyond - A History of the Medal of Honor" by Cheryl Pula
There were 5 men from Herkimer County to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for bravery, which was established by Congress on July 12, 1862. They were Seaman David Lawrence Bass (1842-1886), Private Benjamin Gifford (1833-1901), First Lieutenant Frank West (1850-1923), Technical Sergeant Forrest Vosler (1923-1992), and First Lieutenant Walter Will (1923-1945). Cheryl is a retired Reference Librarian and currently works part-time at the New York Mills Public Library. She is the President of the History Club and is the New York Mills historian. An author of 8 novels in a WWII series, she recently authored 2 more books in her "Historical Mysteries" series on Ancient Sites and UFO's, all available for purchase on Amazon.
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 - "WOMEN BELONG IN HISTORY BOOKS - HERKIMER & ONEIDA COUNTIES 1700-1950" - $25.00
We are excited to announce the publication of a long-awaited book, edited by Jane Spellman, featuring the fascinating lives of women from the Herkimer and Oneida Counties - 135 of them to be exact. Beginning with Catherine Petrie Herkimer (1700-1777) whose son Nicholas earned the honor of having his name used when Herkimer County was created in 1791, each chapter features biographical essays on the women in a time-line from 1700 to 1950. Some of the women from Herkimer County include Gelston castle's Harriet Douglas Cruger (1790-1872), community leader Helen Curtis Marshall (ca. 1832-1910), famous murderess Roxalana Druse (1845-1888), balloonist Mary Breed Hawley Myers aka "Carlotta, the Aeronaut" (1849-1932), author Mary Quackenbush Brush (1856-1940), Doctor Carrie Richardson (1861-1948), and artist Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934), to name a few.
The book will be available for sale at the Society's Gift Shop, open Monday-Friday, 10-4. We will be opening on Saturdays, 10-3, beginning July 11 until the end of August (closed August 1). The cost of the book is $25.00, plus tax.
To have it 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