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WORLD WAR 1 CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT AND BANNER PROJECT.

2017 marks the Centennial anniversary of the United States involvement in The Great War (1914-1919). On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked congress to declare war on Germany with the impetus of unrestricted submarine warfare involving American ships. Research is underway by our staff and an excellent team of volunteers - Mary Haefele, Kathy Huxtable, Caitlyn Johndrew, Barb Kineke, Fran Peruzzi, Margaret Sinclair, and Iva Trevett - making preparations for an exhibit on "Herkimer County's Invovlement in the Great War."

APRIL 26, 2017 - RECEPTION - 4:00-7:00 P.M. - OPENING OF OUR NEW EXHIBIT - "HERKIMER COUNTY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE GREAT WAR."
Join us for our opening of our new display followed by a free program at 7:00 p.m. by Cheryl Pula on "The Lost Battalion" based on the American regiment caught behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest.

BANNER PROJECT - We are working on a Banner Project that will feature the picture of a World War 1 soldier from Herkimer County and hang on poles in the community they lived. We'd like them to hang from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. If you might be interested in sponsoring a banner, please let us know! The cost is $70.00 per banner. We are working with Bob Critser of CAD Designs who has designed the memorial banner. There will be room on the bottom to put the sponsor's name.

DO YOU HAVE A WORLD WAR 1 VETERAN IN THE FAMILY?
We are looking for pictures and information about Herkimer County WW1 veterans for our Banner project. Please call us at (315) 866-6413 or email at herkimerhistory@yahoo.com. You can also stop in at the Society (406 N. Main St., Herkimer - open Monday-Friday, 10-4).
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY MID-MARCH.

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED.
We are also seeking any memorabilia and photographs that can be used for our display in regard to Herkimer County and to be also used for stories that we would like to feature in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Please contact us!

 


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 and in many cases, from Clinton at the bus garage. Please inquire. 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.

You can sign up now and pay later! Money for each trip is due at least 2 months before the date of the trip.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 - BOSTON.
Springtime is a wonderful time to visit Boston! We will be dropping off at Quincy Market and you can have the day to enjoy on your own - walk the Freedom Trail and take in the beautiful cherry blossoms, take a ride on a Swan Boat or cruise the Boston Harbor, visit the shops at Quincy Market, and let's not forget the multitude of historic sites! It's a great walking city to tour and have fun! $60.00/person

SATURDAY, JULY 15 - THE WINDMILL.
Nearly 200 shops in a country style setting featuring Mennonite and Amish goods, produce, antiques, flags, furniture, food, wine, jewelry, clothing, garden items, home decor, and the list goes on!! To make the day perfect, we are stopping at North Star Orchards on the way home near Westmoreland - fresh top quality New York State produce and delectable baked products! $45.00/person

SATURDAY, JULY 22 - CAYUGA LAKE WINERIES - CHOICE YOUR TRIP!
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, abundant in breathtaking biews, is America's first organized and longest running wine trail.
Trip #1 - We'll visit 3 wineries for tastings - Montezuma Winery ("a wine lovers paradise"), Cayuga Ridge Estae Winery (award-winning wines under the glow of gothic church lights), and Americana Vineyards (something for every palate). There will be an option for lunch at the Copper Oven or bring your own lunch.
Trip #2 - We'll visit 2 wineries with a stop at North Star Orchards on the way home. Varick Winery (enjoy their fine wines while enjoying their country store to sample jellies, preserves, butters, hot sauces, and more) and Knapp Winery (an award winning winery for over 30 years). Enjoy lunch at the Vineyard Restaurant at Knapp Winery.
$60.00/person - Brinch your own lunch....$75.00/person - includes lunch.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 - BURLINGTON, VT AND LINCOLN PEAK VINEYARD.
Vermont's largest city on the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington isone of those places you fall in love with. We will be dropping off at the Church Street Marketplace. As we had home, we will stop at Lincoln Peak Vineard near Middlebury, VT for a short vineyard tour and tasting of their award-winning wines. $55.00/person

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 - NEW YORK CITY.
Summer in the City is a great time to walk around and see the sights or take in a Broadway show. We will be dropping off near Macy's with a second drop-off near the 911 Memorial. There will be one pick up at the end of the day at Macy's. $60.00/person

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - BOSTON.
Take advantage of the extended weekend for Labor Day and join us on a trip to Boston in the summer time! We will be dropping off at Quincy Market for time on your own. $60.00/person

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - VERMONT - CALVIN COOLIDGE STATE HISTORIC SITE AND VERMONT COUNTRY STORE.
We will be heading to Plymouth Notch, the best preserved presidential birthplaces in the nation. Calvin Coolidge was born here in 1872 and sworn in as our 30th president in the family homestead in 1923. This rural Vermont village includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge's family and neighbors, a general store, church, cheese factory and the 1924 Summer White House office. On our way home, we will make a stop in Weston, home of the Vermont Country Store and other quaint shops. $55.00/person

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 - VERMONT IN THE FALL!
Our popular Fall trip is back again - enjoy the scenery of Vermont as we stop in Weston where the famous Vermont Country Store is located - a cozy warren stocked with wool clothing, penny candy, nostalgic toys, and gadgets for country living. And across the street is the West Village Store and West Village Christmas Shop. Take a walk down the street to the Old Mill Museum, a glimpse into 19th century Vermont. In the afternoon, join us for the best outlet shopping in Vermont in scenic Manchester. $50.00/person

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 - SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS.
October is one of the best times to visit Salem as they celebrate Halloween and Fall in the area. We all know Salem is best known for the Witch Trials, but a stroll through historic downtown Salem offers much more than just magic and mayhem. A first rate art museum, historic architecture, tasty lunch options, eclectic shops, and numerous reminders of the town's maritime past make Salem the perfect spot to visit. $60.00/person

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 - CROSSINGS PREMIUM OUTLETS AND III PONDS WINERY.
The Crossings Premium Outlets is nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region and features 100 brand name and designer outdoor outlet stores. Everyone will receive a coupon book when we arrive to extend your savings even more! On the way home, we will stop in at the III (Three) Ponds Winery in Dalton, PA, known for its variety of California wines. $55.00/person

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 - NEW YORK CITY!
Our most popular trip - New York City during the holiday season! We arrive in time to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and all of the holiday window displays. We will be dropping off near Macy's for a day to explore on your own. Visit one of the many museums, catch a Broadway show, stroll around the city, do some shopping -the possibilities are endless and make us keep coming back for more! $60.00/person

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 - DESTINY USA MALL AND LIGHTS ON THE LAKE.
This is our only trip that is not on a Saturday. We chose Monday because it will be MUCH more relaxing than a shopping trip on the weekend at this time of year! Take the day off from work or if you are retired, join us for a day of shopping at New York State's largest shopping center with your favorite stores and outlet and factory stores all under one roof. Everyone will receive a "Passport of Savings" full of special offers and discounts. To end the day, we will stop at the famous "Lights on the Lake," a memorable 2 mile drive-thru show along Ondonaga Lake featuring animated arches and scenes. $40.00/person

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2017.

April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - "The Lost Battalion" by Cheryl Pula. Her program will talk about the American regiment caught behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest during World War 1. 2017 marks the centennial of the U.S. involvement in the Great War.

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

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.

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 53 women from the Herkimer and Oneida Counties, like Mary Zoller (aka Polly Jenkins) who started at WIBX when the radio station first went on the air in 1925 and Winifred E. Welden, the first female lawyer in Oneida County. New in the second volume is a section of four blank pages where readers are encouraged to write their own stories.

The book is 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 $5.00 for postage and send a check to: Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.




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