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

We will be closed for the Holiday beginning Wednesday, December 24 until Monday, January 5. Have a Happy Holiday!

SATURDAY OPENINGS: We will be open on the Saturdays after Thanksgiving until Christmas, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This is in addition to our regular open hours of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



Holiday Sales in our Gift Shop!

10% Discount on Regularly Priced Items!

Starting now until December 23rd, we will be offering a Holiday Sale of 10% off regularly priced items in our Gift Shop, along with further discounts, as much as 50% off, on specially marked items! We offer a wide selection of books on our area's local history, along with unique gifts and souvenirs you will not find any other place, like our Herkimer County afghan, Historic Sites puzzle, and Herkimer County Trivia game. We also have Herkimer Diamond jewelry. Our Arcadia pictorial series books - Herkimer Village, German Flatts, Little Falls, Frankfort, Kuyahoora Towns, and Valley Towns - are only $15.00 during this Sale! Come take advantage of our Sales and stop on by! Every purchase helps support the Historical Society!




Tuesday, September 30 @ 7:00 p.m. - "Prologue to Oriskany" by Terry McMaster
Terry McMaster, from Syracuse, will present a talk tracing the events, circumstances and actions which precipitated the Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777. Terry grew up in Oneida County just a few miles from the Oriskany Battlefield and the reconstructed Fort Stanwix. He discovered later on that he had an ancestor, Lt. David McMaster of Col. Frederick Visscher's Third Regiment, who fought at Oriskany in the Tryon County Militia and he garrisoned at Fort Stanwix later in the war, spurring his interest even further into this important event in our history. We have enjoyed spending time with Terry this summer as a volunteer on our Fort Dayton archaeological dig and look forward to his program.

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.


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."