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See What's Going On At The Herkimer County Historical Society!

We are now open on Saturday's for the summer until the end of August, 10-3,
in addition to our open hours of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
(We will be closed on Saturday, August 1st)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY!


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 1
3350.

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE HISTORIC FOUR-CORNERS - SATURDAY, JULY 18 - TOURS OF THE SOCIETY'S MUSEUM

During the village of Herkimer's large Gem Fest event, we will have a special Open House at the Herkimer County Historical Society with tours of our museum, refreshments, and discounts in our Gift Shop on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

In addition to this, we have an ongoing archaeological dig at a property a couple of houses down from our museum. You can stop by to see how we are progressing! It's a great time to visit the Historic Four Corners in Herkimer - Stop On By!

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BUS TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 1

Join us for a One Day Bus Trip to Niagara Falls for a fun summer get-away for the day! We have 2 buses departing from Herkimer that will drop people off at two locations in Niagara Falls - the Niagara Falls Visitors Center and the Seneca Niagara Casino. Those going to the Casino will receive FREE $20 slot dollars and $5 food voucher! There is so much to see and do there, besides viewing the magnificent Falls, including the Aquarium of Niagara, many places to shop and dine, two wax museums and more! The cost if $50.00/person and $45.00 for children 12 and under. For more information or to sign up, please call us at (315) 866-6413 or email us at herkimerhistory@yahoo.com.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2015.

Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. - "Mohawk Valley To Mountain Foothills: Dr. Webb's Adirondack Railroad" by John Taibi
Dr. William Seward Webb undertook the construction of a railroad from Herkimer thorugh the western Adirondacks to Valleyfield, near Montreal. Webb had access to extensive financing, through his Vanderiblt and other connections, in addition to his own wealth as president of the Wagner Palace Car Company, and in 1890, he obtained incorporation for the Adirondack and Saint Lawrence Railway Company. In 1892 Webb consolidated the several companies he had formed and founded the Mohawk and Malone Railway Company. Taibi, of Munnsville, NY, will discuss the southern end of the railroad. He is a premiere railroad lecturer of central New York and he is working on a 4-volume series of books on New York Central's Adirondack Division.

Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. - "Walking Tour of Newport Cemetery" by Susan Perkins
This year we will head to the Kuyahoora Valley for our Cemetery Walking Tour in the village of Newport. Herkimer County Historical Society executive director Susan Perkins will take us on a tour of the Newport Cemetery and highlight the fascinating people buried there.

Our programs are free and open to the public. They are held in our Eckler Building, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY, unless otherwise noted.

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"ROXY" THE PLAY - September 11-12, 18-19 @ 7:00 p.m. and September 13 & 20 @ 2:00 p.m. at Ilion Little Theatre Club (The Stables).

We are excited to announce the our first ever theatrical production this Fall that we are producing in association with the Ilion Little Theatre Club. The play is based on a real life murder case in Herkimer County - the Roxalana Druse murder of 1884 in the town of Warren. The case made national headlines at the time and dealt with several important issues - women's rights, capital punishment, and domestic violence. Jack Sherman, who wrote the Chester Gillette trial reenactment in 2006, has written this new production entitled "Roxy" and Dave Stritmater of Ilion Little Theater has signed on as our director. It is 130 years since Roxalana's incarceration at the Herkimer County Jail and her trial at the Herkimer County Courthouse. Jack, in writing the play, used exact wording from the actual trial and has added scenes to bring the case back to life. It is so well written that we are sure other theater companies will want to pick it up for production in the future and we are happy to feature its premiere.

Tickets are $15.00/person and $10.00/students.

SUITER MUSEUM BUILDING

Our 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.

Come 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.

IN OUR TEMPORARY EXHIBIT ROOM

DISPLAY 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.

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.

The 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.

THE JOYCE KELLER DOLL HOUSE AND MINIATURE COLLECTION

Fun 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!

 

GIFT SHOP

NEW IN THE GIFT SHOP

"MARGARET TUGER - The Extraordinary Teacher, Principal, and Community Leader of Herkimer, New York" by William Rosenfeld
This book is a wonderful tribute to Margaret Tuger (1864-1939) who can only be described as a Herkimer legend, serving as principal of the South Side School from 1891 to 1931. She is remembered for her generosity and the good manners she instilled in her students. A nice feature of the book are the memories shared by people who knew and appreciated her importance to Herkimer. The book is $12.95.

"HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY" by Bob Cudmore
Discover hidden gems of Mohawk Valley history, like the man called the Baseball Oracle who correctly predicted the outcome of twenty-one major-league games. An Amsterdam sailor cheated death onboard a stricken submarine. Notonly people but once-loved places that are all but forgotten, like the 20th century Mohawk Indian encampment and Camp Agaming in the Adirondacks, where Kirk Douglas was a counselor. Local historian Bob Cudmore delves deep into the regin's history to find its most fascinating pieces of hidden history. The book is $19.99.



"FRANKFORT" - A PICTORIAL HISTORY
Our fourth Arcadia Publishing book, "Frankfort," features over 200 photographs of the town and village of Frankfort with captions of historical detail for each one. The book includes the following chapters: Notable People, Community, Churches, Schools, Business and Industry, and Transportation. It joins our previous publications, all available for sale - Valley Towns, Herkimer Village, German Flatts, and Little Falls. $21.99

"NICHOLAS HERKIMER - PALATINE, PATRIOT, AMERICAN HERO"
Co-authors Alan E. Sterling and Nancy Cioch have written this new account of Revolutionary War hero General Nicholas Herkimer, the most ambitious account of his life story ever attempted. Little was recorded about Nicholas' early life, but from his mid 20's on to his heroic death at age 49, a reasonably detailed account of his land acquisitions, military service and social and family interactions can be pieced together. Al and Nancy worked together at the Herkimer Home State Historic Site and are the ideal people to collaborate on this wonderful book. $19.95

"STORIES FORGOTTEN FRANKFORT, N.Y." by William Schuster
This excellent new history on the village of Frankfort is a wonderful book for anyone who would like to know more about this community, celebrating 150 years this year. Bill Schuster, retired from Union Fork and Hoe Company as its plant and chief engineer, began to look into the company's history and discovered so many more interesting facts and events in Frankfort, that it turned into a history of the village. 334 pages. $17.50.

 

 

To see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop Page."