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

We will be closed on Friday, July 4, for the holiday. Have a Happy and Safe Fourth Weekend!

 

 

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS:

SATURDAY OPENINGS BEGIN ON JULY 12!

We 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.

PROGRAM ON MARGARET TUGER - JULY 12 @ 1:00 P.M.

We 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.

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SAVE 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 Christine Hudson.

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2014.

Thursday, 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 Valley."
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).

 

Thursday, 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.

Tuesday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

 

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.

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 "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.

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

"KILLING IN THE KUYAHOORA VALLEY" by Lawrence P. Gooley
One 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

"STRIKE 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

"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."