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

We will be closed on Monday, February 15 for President's Day!

 

ONGOING SALE IN OUR GIFT SHOP!

Our "Images of America" series book "FRANKFORT" is being offered at a SPECTACULAR PRICE- $10.00!!

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.

PHILADELPHIA - SATURDAY, APRIL 30
We'll be leaving bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for our trip to Philadelphia to arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the day in this historic city. We will be arriving at the Independence National Historical Park around Noon and you will have time on your own until 7:00 p.m. There are many free sites to see at the Park, including the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hal where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. There are many other sites, too, like the Edgar Allen Poe historic site, and let's not forget the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone's triumphant run in the film "Rocky." Anyone up for the challenge? The trip costs $60.00/person.

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.

Coming Soon

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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 - "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.




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