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.
ON THE WAR OF 1812
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, we are featuring
a display on the "second war with Great Britain" in our
Suiter Museum Building.
COUNTY IN THE WAR OF 1812: In May of 1812, one month before
the war was declared, a Herkimer County militia regiment, under the
command of Col. Christopher Peter Bellinger of the town of German
Flatts had been stationed at Sackett's Harbor. The Federal Government
had asked the governments of states who bordered Canada to send members
of their militia to protect the military and naval stores in outposts
along the border and to break up the smuggling rings in the areas.
When the war began, Bellinger's regiment remained at Sackett's Harbor
until the end of their three months service. They were replaced by
a draft on the militia from the Mohawk Valley. In most cases, the
Herkimer County men were sent to Sackett's Harbor, located on Lake
Ontario, near its outlet into the St. Lawrence River. (taken from
Jane Bellinger's article on "The War of 1812" recently printed
in our "Legacy" historical article series.)
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 at406
N. Main St. where we have our offices.
JOYCE KELLER DOLL HOUSE AND MINIATURE COLLECTION
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!
BOOK ON THE 1884 ROXALANA DRUSE MURDER BY JAMES GREINER - $17.99
first book to be published on the famous Herkimer County murder case
of Roxalana Druse is finally here! Author Jim Greiner
recounts the true story of the brutal crime that took place on the
Druse Farm in the town of Warren on December 18, 1884 that brought
Mrs. Druse to the gallows in Herkimer. William Druse was killed at
the hands of his abused wife and all that could be found of him later
on were his bone fragments. On February 28, 1887 Roxalana Druse paid
for her crime and became the last woman to be hanged in New York State.
work is a culmination of five years of research that has led to new
information on the case that is revealed in the book. Greiner, historian
for Herkimer County, is an accomplished historical author, having
written several books on the Civil War, "A Surgeon's Civil War,"
and "Subdued by the Sword."
Eckler Building (406 N. Main St.), we have a special display featuring
items we have in our collection on the Druse murder case, including
Roxalana's lock of hair, the rocking chair she sat in in her jail
cell, a piece of the rope that she was hanged with, and a letter written
by her own hand before she was taken to the gallows.
cost of the book is $17.99.
see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop