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.
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.
OUR TEMPORARY EXHIBIT ROOM
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.
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.
JOYCE KELLER DOLL HOUSE AND MINIATURE
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!
IN THE GIFT SHOP
HERKIMER - PALATINE, PATRIOT, AMERICAN HERO"
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
FORGOTTEN FRANKFORT, N.Y." by William Schuster
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.
of Central New York" by Lynda Lee Macken
is a new title in our Gift Shop, that joins some popular favorites
that have returned - "Adirondack French Louie,"
"Bloody Mohawk," "The Loomis Gang," and
"Three Pioneers of Stark" (only 10 copies left
and it is not being reprinted). See our Book Listing on our Gift Shop
page for more information and pricing.
Canal Playing Cards - These are a great souvenir of
the area and a great gift for those who like to play cards - the deck
features pictures of historical sites along the canal, including several
in Herkimer County, like the Herkimer Home and Lock 17. $5.00
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