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

We will be closed on Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday.

 

WORLD WAR 1 CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT AND BANNER PROJECT.

2017 marks the Centennial anniversary of the United States involvement in The Great War (1914-1919). On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked congress to declare war on Germany with the impetus of unrestricted submarine warfare involving American ships. Thank you to our excellent team of volunteers - Mary Haefele, Kathy Huxtable, Caitlyn Johndrew, Barb Kineke, Fran Peruzzi, Margaret Sinclair, and Iva Trevett - for helping us research and make preparations for our exhibit.

NEW EXHIBIT - "HERKIMER COUNTY IN THE GREAT WAR."
Come learn about Herkimer County's involvement in the Great War. We have one room dedicated to local military unit Company M based out of the Mohawk Armory. Learn what they did on the home front to help the war effort. The exhibit is open during our open hours of Monday-Friday, 10-4, and during the summer on Saturday's, 10-3, starting July 8 until the end of August.

BANNER PROJECT - We are working on a Banner Project that will feature the picture of a World War 1 soldier from Herkimer County and hang on poles in the community they lived. We'd like them to hang from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. If you might be interested in sponsoring a banner, please let us know! The cost is $70.00 per banner. We are working with Bob Critser of CAD Designs who has designed the memorial banner. There will be room on the bottom to put the sponsor's name.

DO YOU HAVE A WORLD WAR 1 VETERAN IN THE FAMILY?
We are looking for pictures and information about Herkimer County WW1 veterans to feature on our Facebook page. If you have a photo, please send a copy to us via email at herkimerhistory@yahoo.com or stop in to the Society, Monday-Friday, 10-4, and we will scan the photo.

 


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 and in many cases, from Clinton at the bus garage. Please inquire. 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.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - BOSTON.
Take advantage of the extended weekend for Labor Day and join us on a trip to Boston in the summer time! We will be dropping off at Quincy Market for time on your own. $60.00/person

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - VERMONT - CALVIN COOLIDGE STATE HISTORIC SITE AND VERMONT COUNTRY STORE.
We will be heading to Plymouth Notch, the best preserved presidential birthplaces in the nation. Calvin Coolidge was born here in 1872 and sworn in as our 30th president in the family homestead in 1923. This rural Vermont village includes the homes of Calvin Coolidge's family and neighbors, a general store, church, cheese factory and the 1924 Summer White House office. On our way home, we will make a stop in Weston, home of the Vermont Country Store and other quaint shops. $55.00/person

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 - VERMONT IN THE FALL!
Our popular Fall trip is back again - enjoy the scenery of Vermont as we stop in Weston where the famous Vermont Country Store is located - a cozy warren stocked with wool clothing, penny candy, nostalgic toys, and gadgets for country living. And across the street is the West Village Store and West Village Christmas Shop. Take a walk down the street to the Old Mill Museum, a glimpse into 19th century Vermont. In the afternoon, join us for the best outlet shopping in Vermont in scenic Manchester. $50.00/person

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 - SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS.
October is one of the best times to visit Salem as they celebrate Halloween and Fall in the area. We all know Salem is best known for the Witch Trials, but a stroll through historic downtown Salem offers much more than just magic and mayhem. A first rate art museum, historic architecture, tasty lunch options, eclectic shops, and numerous reminders of the town's maritime past make Salem the perfect spot to visit. $60.00/person

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 - CROSSINGS PREMIUM OUTLETS AND III PONDS WINERY.
The Crossings Premium Outlets is nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region and features 100 brand name and designer outdoor outlet stores. Everyone will receive a coupon book when we arrive to extend your savings even more! On the way home, we will stop in at the III (Three) Ponds Winery in Dalton, PA, known for its variety of California wines. $55.00/person

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 - NEW YORK CITY!
Our most popular trip - New York City during the holiday season! We arrive in time to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and all of the holiday window displays. We will be dropping off near Macy's for a day to explore on your own. Visit one of the many museums, catch a Broadway show, stroll around the city, do some shopping -the possibilities are endless and make us keep coming back for more! $60.00/person

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 - DESTINY USA MALL AND LIGHTS ON THE LAKE.
This is our only trip that is not on a Saturday. We chose Monday because it will be MUCH more relaxing than a shopping trip on the weekend at this time of year! Take the day off from work or if you are retired, join us for a day of shopping at New York State's largest shopping center with your favorite stores and outlet and factory stores all under one roof. Everyone will receive a "Passport of Savings" full of special offers and discounts. To end the day, we will stop at the famous "Lights on the Lake," a memorable 2 mile drive-thru show along Ondonaga Lake featuring animated arches and scenes. $40.00/person

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2017.

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 @ 6:00 P.M. - "Van Hornesville Cemetery Walking Tour led by Society director Susan Perkins
Come join us for a walk through the cemetery and learn about the people who called Van Hornesville home. The most notable person is Owen D. Young, who was chairman of the General Electric Corporation and set up the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The cemetery also boasts the oldest person in Herkimer County - Delina Filkins, who lived to be 113! The cemetery is located on Cemetery Road off of Route 80 by the Van Hornesville Methodist Church. Please park alongside the road by the cemetery.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 @ 7:00 P.M. - "Life on the Canal Told Through The Eyes of A Little Boy" by Dianne Soper
Society member Dianne Soper recounts the story of her father William Hills who spent his childhood traveling in and around the New York Harbor, the Hudson River and later the New York State Barge Canal hauling tons of cargo to and from the many ports along the way. In the winter of 1936-37, when he became Captain of his own barge, he was frozen in at Lock 18 in Jacksonburg. Dianne has written down his story in prose and will share it with us that evening.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @ 1:00 P.M. - "Tribute To The Life & Work of Anne LaBastille" by Leslie Suprenant - At Herkimer County Community College
We are collaborating with HCCC's Fall Fest Alumni Weekend and the "Women Belong in History Books" Committee to present this program to the community. Friend and fellow ecologist Leslie Suprenant will present this wonderful tribute to Ann LaBastille, who built a cabin on Twitchell Lake in Herkimer County and is famous for her "Woodwoman" book series and for her conservation efforts. This is a program you won't want to miss! It will be held in the Robert McLaughlin College Center in the Sarkus Busch Theater (CC247).

The programs are free and open to the public - they are held in our Eckler Bldg., 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

HERKIMER COUNTY IN THE GREAT WAR.
Over 2,000 men and women from Herkimer County served in the armed forces during World War 1. The local regiment based at the Mohawk Armory was Company M federalized into service in the 107th Regiment in the 27th Division. Learn more about how local people served, both in the military, and on the home front.

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 - UPDATED VERSION OF "MURDER IN THE ADIRONDACKS" BY CRAIG BRANDON
New information has come to light since the first publication of "Murder in the Adirondacks" in 1986 by Craig Brandon and the fully revised and expanded edition of htis book has just been published! Most of you may be familiar with the case - Chester Gillette was convicted or murdering his girlfriend Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake in 1906. It became the basis for Theodore Dreiser's famous novel "An American Tragedy" and the Hollywood film "A Place in the Sun." The cost of the book is $24.95, plus tax.

NEW BOOK - "WOMEN BELONG IN HISTORY BOOKS - HERKIMER & ONEIDA COUNTIES 1700-1950" - Volume 2 - $25.00

We are excited to announce that VOLUME 2 of this popular book, edited by Jane Spellman, featuring the fascinating lives of 53 women from the Herkimer and Oneida Counties, like Mary Zoller (aka Polly Jenkins) who started at WIBX when the radio station first went on the air in 1925 and Winifred E. Welden, the first female lawyer in Oneida County. New in the second volume is a section of four blank pages where readers are encouraged to write their own stories.

The book is available for sale at the Society's Gift Shop for $25.00, plus tax.

The Herkimer County Historical Society's Gift Shop is located in our Eckler Building, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, and open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's during July and August, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

To have books mailed, please add $5.00 for postage and send a check to: Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.




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