OPENINGS BEGIN ON JULY 12!
will be open on Saturdays for the summer from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning
July 12 until the end of August. There is an exception, however -
July 26 we will be closed. This is in addition to our regular open
hours of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
ON MARGARET TUGER - JULY 12 @ 1:00 P.M.
are pleased to feature this new book in our Gift Shop, the first ever
written on Margaret Tuger, who is a well known Herkimer figure. William
Rosenfeld, of Clinton, has written this book in tribute to his former
teacher and principal, and will be at the Herkimer County Historical
Society on Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. to talk about Miss Tuger and
sign copies of his new book. Margaret Tuger (1864-1939) served as
principal of the South Side School in Herkimer from 1891 to 1931.
She is remembered for her generosity and the good manners she instilled
in her students, and for "Old Faithful," a memorable wooden
paddle that had a good effect on Herkimer's juvenile delinquency rate.
"Old Faithful" is in the Society's collection and will be
on display for the program. The cost of the book is $12.95
and can be purchased in our Gift Shop.
THE DATE! 3RD CELEBRITY ROAST - HERKIMER COUNTY CLERK SYLVIA ROWAN!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 - KNIGHTS INN, LITTLE FALLS
Come join us for an entertaining evening, which it is sure to be with
our lineup of roasters: John Scarano, Roastmaster
Extraordinaire, Attorney George Aney, New
York State Assemblyman Marc Butler, Funeral
Director Ron Hess, Retired Madison County
Clerk Ken Kunkel, and Sylvia's daughter
UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2014.
July 17 @ 6:30 p.m. - "Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley"
by Bob Cudmore.
Bob Cudmore is best known as the morning radio show host on Lite 104.7
and 1570 AM WVTL in Amsterdam, N.Y. and a weekly contributor for his
feature "Focus on History" in the Daily Gazette.
Cudmore is also an author and his latest book "Hidden History
of the Mohawk Valley" will be the subject for his program. Much
of the history of New York's scenic Mohawk Valley has been recounted
time and again. But so many other stories have remained buried, like
the man called the Baseball Oracle from Rome, NY who correctly predicted
the outcome of the St. Louis Cardinals twenty-one baseball games or
that movie star Kirk Douglas was a counselor at Camp Agaming in the
Adirondacks. Come here about the interesting tales of the area that
you never knew before! Bob will have his books available for sale
that evening, including his 2011 bok "Stories from the Mohawk
Bob's new book "Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley"
is available for sale in our Gift Shop for $19.99 (open Monday-Friday,
10 a.m.-4 p.m., located in our Eckler Bldg, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer).
August 28 @ 6:00 p.m. - "Cemetery Walking Tour of the Salisbury
Rural Cemetery" by Susan Perkins
Join us for this year's Cemetery Walking Tour in the Town of Salisbury.
We will be touring the Salisbury Rural Cemetery, located on Route
29, and will have people meet us at the cemetery right before the
tour begins. What better way to discover more about the history of
a community than to traverse its cemetery and learn more about the
people who made their home there, in Salisbury, that is. One monument
that stands out in the cemetery is the Yale Memorial given by William
T. Yale. It features a rectangular granite stone with nine small bronze
reliefs mounted on three sides of the stone. These represent the professions
in which various members of the Yale family were involved. First and
foremost is the Inventor, representing Linus Yale, inventor of the
Yale lock and key.
September 17 @ 7:00 p.m.- "Occupation: Adirondack Hermit"
by Roy Reehil
A return presenter, Roy will present a funny
and inspiring peak into the world of eccentric Adirondack hermits
of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Employing the common traits
of ingenuity, woodcraft, marksmanship, fishing skill and good humor,
French Louie, Noah John Rondeau and Old Lobb of Piseco Lake combated
the hardships of living alone in the Adirondack wilderness. A question
and answer session will follow after which Roy will be available to
sign his book "Adirondack Adventures: Bog Gillespie and Harvey
Dunham on French Louie's Trail," also available in our Gift Shop.
October 16 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Haunted Mohawk Valley" by Dennis
Webster and Ghost Seekers of Central New York
Local author Dennis Webster ("Wicked Mohawk Valley" and
"Wicked Adirondacks") has teamed up with the paranormal
investigative group Ghost Seekers of Central New York to write this
book based on the Ghost Seekers' investigations in the local area,
including sites such as the old Herkimer County Courthouse, the 1834
Herkimer County Jail, Beardslee Castle, the Oriskany Battlefield,
and Erie Canal Village. Come listen as they uncover the mysteries
behind these and many other haunted places of the Mohawk Valley. Their
book "Haunted Mohawk Valley" is available
for sale in our Gift Shop for $19.99.
are free and open to the public. They are held in our Eckler Building,
406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY, unless otherwise noted.
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
ON "MILITARY UNIFORMS OF HERKIMER COUNTY"
Our temporary exhibit room this year will be dedicated to the Military
Uniforms that we have in our collection. Summer employee Ben
Stovall has been hard at work putting the exhibit together
- it is one of his passions and he has done an excellent job selecting
the items on display and researching them. The display should be open
by the beginning of August.
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
IN THE KUYAHOORA VALLEY" by Lawrence P. Gooley
hundred years ago, another shocking murder in Herkimer County made
national headlines - a teenage youth was charged with the murder of
his school teacher in the village of Poland. His name was Jean Gianini
and he was acquitted of the murder of Lida Beecher on the defense
of imbecility. He would spend his life in confinement at state institutions
until his death at the age of 90 in the year 1988. Here is the true
account of what happened. $18.00
STORY" BY Angela Harris
Strike Story is a retelling of events leading up to and during
the Little Falls Textile Strike of 1912. Presented as readers' theatre,
the play relies on the words of people involved as well as the published
accounts of the events from contemporary newspapers and material from
government documents. The play dramatizes the impact of the tuberculosis
crisis in Little Falls, the role of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on
mills throughout New York State, and the day-by-day events of the
strike with focus on the free speech fight and the riot of October
30, 1912. $10.00
- 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
HERKIMER - PALATINE, PATRIOT, AMERICAN HERO"
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
FORGOTTEN FRANKFORT, N.Y." by William Schuster
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.
see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop