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We will be closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day!




Our first major fundraiser of the year - our "History Makers Breakfast" (Celebrity Server Breakfast) - is scheduled for June 11 at the Travelodge (formerly the Knights Inn) in Little Falls with 16 servers already signed up to help! See our list below.

Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan is returning as chairwoman, joining with this year's Head Celebrity Server, Herkimer County Legislator Robert Schrader. The Breakfast is a delicious smorgasbord of breakfast foods with our volunteer "History Maker" servers taking care of yoru every need. John Scarano, who won our "Best Costume" award last year, has promised to surprise us again this year, making it not only a delicious start to your day, but an entertaining one. The Breakfast is $10.00/person and tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Society or from any of our servers, or at the door that morning.

Joining us this year: Herkimer County Legislator Kurt Ackerman, Herkimer attorney George Aney, Village of Herkimer mayor Anthony Brindisi, Canal Side Inn proprietor and chef James Aufmuth, Little Falls attorney Bart Carrig, Erie Canal Cruises Captain Jerry Gertz, Fenner Funeral Home director Ron Hess, Jr., Herkimer County Legislator Raymond Johnson, Adirondack Bank manager Jennifer Lamphere, Village of Dolgeville mayor Bruce Lyon, WKTV General Manager Steve McMurray, Kwik-Kut Manufacturing Co. owner Mary Morse, City of Little Falls Mayor Bob Peters, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce director John Scarano, Herkimer County Legislator and Head Celebrity Server Robert Schrader, Bug Country Radio's operation manager and on-air host Dave Silvers, Herkimer Citizens Bank manager Tammy Smith, and Crazy Otto's Kim Tranter.




Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. - "Abolitionism and The Underground Railroad in Herkimer & Oneida Counties" by Cheryl Pula
We are happy to begin our monthly program series with one of our favorite presenters, Cheryl Pula from New York Mills. Cheryl is a retired Reference Librarian and serves as the village historian of New York Mills and is President of The History Club. She has a wide array of programs on historical topics and we love each year to select one for her to present for us. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War, we thought it fitting to touch upon that subject and how residents from central New York State took an active role in fighting slavery in the South.

Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. - "Adirondack Architecture: Great Camps and the Rustic Tradition" by Steven Engelhart
New York State's Adirondack Park is the largest part east of the Mississippi River. During the late 19th century, the region became a mecca for sportsmen and other people seeking recreation in the wild places of the region. In response, native builders and professional architects developed a rustic style of architecture best represented by a series of building complexes known as Great Camps. A number of these camps, including Sagamore, Santanoni, and Pine Knot, are National Historic Landmarks. Steven Engelhart is the Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. - "Roxy Revisited" by James Greiner
Roxalana Druse made local and national headlines when she murdered her husband William in 1884 in the town of Warren. The case was sensationalized by the gruesome features of the crime, for which Roxalana was convicted and sentenced to be hanged, become the last woman to be hanged in New York State. Jim Greiner, Herkimer County historian, is an expert on the case and authored the book "Last Woman Hanged." Jim presented the program for us when his book first came out and we asked him for a return presentation because we are producing a play based on the case this Fall and Jim is an excellent speaker.

Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. - "Dr. Webb's Adirondack Railroad" by John Taibi
Dr. William Seward Webb undertook the construction of a railroad from Herkimer thorugh the western Adirondacks to Valleyfield, near Montreal. Webb had access to extensive financing, through his Vanderiblt and other connections, in addition to his own wealth as president of the Wagner Palace Car Company, and in 1890, he obtained incorporation for the Adirondack and Saint Lawrence Railway Company. In 1892 Webb consolidated the several companies he had formed and founded the Mohawk and Malone Railway Company. Taibi, of Munnsville, NY, will discuss the southern end of the railroad. He is a premiere railroad lecturer of central New York and he is working on a 4-volume series of books on New York Central's Adirondack Division.

Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. - "Walking Tour of Newport Cemetery" by Susan Perkins
This year we will head to the Kuyahoora Valley for our Cemetery Walking Tour in the village of Newport. Herkimer County Historical Society executive director Susan Perkins will take us on a tour of the Newport Cemetery and highlight the fascinating people buried there.

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.

We are excited to announce the our first ever theatrical production this Fall. The play is based on a real life murder case in Herkimer County - the Roxalana Druse murder of 1884 in the town of Warren. The case made national headlines at the time and dealt with several important issues - women's rights, capital punishment, and domestic violence. Jack Sherman, who wrote the Chester Gillette trial reenactment in 2006, has written this new production entitled "Roxy" and Dave Stritmater of Ilion Little Theater has signed on as our director. It is 130 years since Roxalana's incarceration at the Herkimer County Jail and her trial at the Herkimer County Courthouse. Jack, in writing the play, used exact wording from the actual trial and has added scenes to bring the case back to life. It is so well written that we are sure other theater companies will want to pick it up for production in the future and we are happy to feature its premiere.

We will be looking for people to perform in the play and help with set design and costumes. Please call us at (315) 866-6413 if you would like to be a part of this production!


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.


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.


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!




"MARGARET TUGER - The Extraordinary Teacher, Principal, and Community Leader of Herkimer, New York" by William Rosenfeld
This book is a wonderful tribute to Margaret Tuger (1864-1939) who can only be described as a Herkimer legend, serving as principal of the South Side School from 1891 to 1931. She is remembered for her generosity and the good manners she instilled in her students. A nice feature of the book are the memories shared by people who knew and appreciated her importance to Herkimer. The book is $12.95.

Discover hidden gems of Mohawk Valley history, like the man called the Baseball Oracle who correctly predicted the outcome of twenty-one major-league games. An Amsterdam sailor cheated death onboard a stricken submarine. Notonly people but once-loved places that are all but forgotten, like the 20th century Mohawk Indian encampment and Camp Agaming in the Adirondacks, where Kirk Douglas was a counselor. Local historian Bob Cudmore delves deep into the regin's history to find its most fascinating pieces of hidden history. The book is $19.99.

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

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

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."