DINNER MEETING - TUESDAY, MAY 20 @ PK'S PUB IN HERKIMER
Our Annual Dinner Meeting will be held at PK's Pub, 221King Street,
Herkimer on May 20 at 6:00 p.m. We will be honoring three board members
who will be leaving the Board. Garry Outtrim and
Steve Knight have served on the Board since 2008
and are rotating off after 6 years of service. Steve volunteers twice
a week in ourlibrary answering genealogy letters and assisting researchers.
Garry has participated in our Celebrity Server Breakfast
and given valuable advice on improving fundraising events. Barbara
Voelkle has served on the Board since 2010 and will be stepping
down this year. She will continue to serve on our Fund Raising Committee.
will have a brief business meeting after our dinner and elect four
new members to our Board: Kyle Crandall, Herkimer
attorney, Kathy Huxtable, longtime member and new
volunteer, John Scarano, executive director of the
Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, and Penny Van Duesen,
Frankfort school teacher.
Dinner Selections Include: Stuffed Shells (served
with salad and warm bread) - $18.00 * Grilled
Chicken Platter (Seasoned breast served with rice and vegetables
- $20.00 * Haddock Oreganata (Haddock
filet topped with tomatoes and oreganata breadcrumb mix and broiled.
Finished with a lemon-wine sauce - $20.00. To sign
up for the Annual Dinner Meeting, please mail us a check with your
dinner selection to: Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main
St., Herkimer, NY 13350 by May 16.
THE DATE - CELEBRITY SERVER BREAKFAST - FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014
fourth annual "Celebrity Server Breakfast" will be held
on Friday, June 20, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Knights Inn in Little
Falls. We have already come up with a nickname for the event
- "Friday Feeding Frenzy." Try saying that five times fast
- or just once. You can come and start your day with a delicious breakfast
and be waited on by your favorite celebrity and help support the Herkimer
County Historical Society!
year's event was a lot of fun with Gary Hartman earning
the title of "Most Appreciated Server" by raising the most
tip donations. John Scarano entertained all of us
once again with his costume choice of Benjamin Franklin, earning him
the "Best Costume" award that morning. We look forward to
this year's Breakfast and hope you mark the date on your calendar
to come support our event.
Celebrity Servers signed up for this year's Breakfast:Legislator
Kurt Ackerman, Herkimer Mayor Dr. Mark Ainsworth,
Herkimer attorney George Aney, Canal Side Inn proprietor
James Aufmuth, Legislature Chairman Vincent
Bono, New York State Assemblyman Marc Butler,
Attorney Bart Carrig, Attorney Joseph Cirillo,
Boy Scout Executive Michael Donaghue, Funeral director
and coroner Harry Enea, 2013 Most Appreciated
Celebrity Server Gary Hartman, Legislator Raymond
Johnson, Little Falls Adirondack Bank Manager Jennifer
Lamphere, Legislator Martin Luppino, Jr.,
Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon, Mohawk Valley Center
for the Arts director Kevin Mihaly, WKTV General
Manager Steve McMurray, Kwik-Kut Manufacturing Co.
owner Mary Morse, Herkimer Attorney Garry
Outtrim, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce executive director
John Scarano, Legislator Robert Schrader,
Bug Country Radio's Dave Silvers, Herkimer Citizens
Bank Manager Tammy Smith, Legislator John
Stephens, New York State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney,
and Legislator Robert Wellington.
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.
April 24 @ 7:00 p.m. - "You Stand Alone...Fight Like Hell: The
97th New York at Gettysburg" by Cheryl Pula.
One of our favorite presenters, Cheryl Pula will be talking about
the 97th New York Volunteers, who were instrumental in the Battle
at Gettysburg. Also known as the "Conkling Rifles," this
regiment was organized at Boonville and recruited principally from
the counties of Oneida and Herkimer. Company D and F was recruited
at Salisbury; G in Herkimer County; I at Little Falls. By the end
of the war, the troop was mustered out of service under Col. John
P. Spofford, a Manheim native. And what exciting stories he had to
May 22 @ 7:00 p.m. - "The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas
Herkimer" by Paul Boehlert.
Mohawk Valley native Paul Boehlert will present a program on his new
book that talks about Gen. Nicholas Herkimer's citizen-soldiers turning
back the British and protecting Washington's northern flank from attack
at the Battle of Oriskany in August 1777. His book is available for
sale in our Gift Shop for $19.99.
June 17 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Off The Beaten Path - The Catskill 200's"
by Alan Via.
have heard of the "Adirondack 46ers" and the "Catskill
3500 Club" (if you haven't, they are people who have climbed
the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and the 35 Catskill Mountains over 3500
feet), but have you heard of the "Catskill 200's"? These
are the lesser known peaks in the Catskill Mountain region that a
few energetic souls have attempted to climb, including Alan Via. He
will present a debut program on these peaks of the Catskill Mountains.
The presentation includes gorgeous scenery, the animals and flora,
porcupines, fishers, and bears (oh, my!). The photos featured are
from photographers who enjoy hiking these little traveled peaks, including
Jim Hopson of Dolgeville, who is a friend of Alan's and has accompanied
him on some of his hikes. Alan has been a member of the Albany Chapter
of the Adirondack Mt. Club since the 70's. He is an Adirondack 46er,
winter 46er, 3500 Club and winter 35er, Northeast 111, ADK 100 highest
and Catskill 100 highest. Alan has been a trip leader for 35 years
and has led trips for Catskill 3500 Club, Adirondack Mt. Club, Catskill
Mountain Club, Appalachian Mt. Club, and Taconic Hiking Club. If you
would like to take a jaunt into the Catskills, he is the man to talk
to! Alan is the author of the guidebook "The Catskill
67," a full color hiking guide published by the Adirondack
Mt. Club in 2012. Copies of his book will be available for sale that
evening. Pictured is Alan with his beloved hiking companion Bookah.
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