What's Going On At The Herkimer County Historical Society!
We will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
CELEBRITY SERVER BREAKFAST - THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 7:30-9:30 A.M., LITTLE FALLS TRAVELODGE.
2017 We have 19 celebrity servers signed on to wait on your every need at our 7th annual "Celebrity Server Breakfast - Home Fries with the Historical Society."
They include: CHRIS ANDERSON, Valley Cinemas Theater, MARC BARRACO, WKTV Reporter, MARK BLASK, City of Little Falls Mayor, BART CARRIG, ESQ., Little Falls Attorney, JOSEPH CIRILLO, ESQ., Mohawk attorney, ELYSE ENEA, Herkimer County HealthNet Program Coordinator, KRISTIE GRIFFITH, Collis True Value Hardware, ANDREA HEATH, Utica Zoo Executive Director, RON HESS, JR., Fenner Funeral Home, JOANNE JOHNSON, Herkimer County Humane Society manager, TERRY LEONARD, Village of Ilion Mayor, BRUCE LYON, Village of Dolgeville Mayor, GREG MALTA, Herkimer County Legislator, MARY MORSE, Kwik-Kut Manufacturing Company, ERIC NEWMAN, W. E. Autenrith Sons Funeral Home, JOHN SCARANO, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce executive director, ROBERT SCHRADER, Herkimer County Legislator, DAVE SILVERS, Bug Country Radio DJ, and BRIAN YOUNG, Young's General Store & Ace Hardware.
Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased ahead of time from the Historical Society, any of our servers, or at the door that morning. Come join us for a fun event and a delicious way to start your day! Our servers will vie for tip donations, which will go to support the Historical Society. This is one of our biggest fundraisers, thanks to the support of our community.
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 email@example.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, JULY 15 - THE WINDMILL.
Nearly 200 shops in a country style setting featuring Mennonite and Amish goods, produce, antiques, flags, furniture, food, wine, jewelry, clothing, garden items, home decor, and the list goes on!! To make the day perfect, we are stopping at North Star Orchards on the way home near Westmoreland - fresh top quality New York State produce and delectable baked products! $45.00/person
SATURDAY, JULY 22 - CAYUGA LAKE WINERIES - CHOICE YOUR TRIP!
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, abundant in breathtaking biews, is America's first organized and longest running wine trail. We'll visit 3 award-winning wineries - Montezuma Winery ("a wine lovers paradise"), Cayuga Ridge Estae Winery (award-winning wines under the glow of gothic church lights), and Americana Vineyards (something for every palate). There will be an option for lunch at the Copper Oven or bring your own lunch to eat at their picnic grounds.
$60.00/person - Brinch your own lunch....$75.00/person - includes lunch.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 - BURLINGTON, VT AND LINCOLN PEAK VINEYARD.
Vermont's largest city on the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington isone of those places you fall in love with. We will be dropping off at the Church Street Marketplace. As we had home, we will stop at Lincoln Peak Vineard near Middlebury, VT for a short vineyard tour and tasting of their award-winning wines. $55.00/person
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 - NEW YORK CITY.
Summer in the City is a great time to walk around and see the sights or take in a Broadway show. We will be dropping off near Macy's with a second drop-off near the 911 Memorial. There will be one pick up at the end of the day at Macy's. $60.00/person
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 - ADIRONDACK MUSEUM AT BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE.
A new feature at the Adirondack Museum this year is the log cabin of Woodswoman Anne LaBastille! It's easy to spend the day here on their 121 acre camps featuring displays in 24 buildings. Come learn about the unique story of the Adirondacks and its people. $55.00/person * $50.00 (youth 13-17) * $40.00 (youth 6-12). The cost includes your admission to the Museum.
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.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2017.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 @ 7:00 P.M. - "HERKIMER COUNTY IN THE GREAT WAR" presented by Susan Perkins, Fran Peruzzi and Margaret Sinclair
Come learn about the details behind the exhibit! Society director Susan Perkins and volunteers Fran Peruzzi and Margaret Sinclair will talk about the different aspects of Herkimer County in World War 1, including the local military unit Company M, work on the Homefront, the Red Cross, and more. The exhibit will be open at 6:00 p.m. that evening before the program.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 @ 7:00 P.M. - "BATTLE OF ORISKANY REMEMBERED" presented by Allan Foote
Considered to be a significant turning point in the War of Independence, the Battle of Oriskany, fought on August 6, 1777, has been described as one of the bloodiest battles of war. Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer assembled 800 militiamen, supported by 60 allied Oneida warriors, and marched from Fort Dayton to aid against the siege of Fort Stanwix. British and Loyalist troops under Sir John Johnson and Col. John Butler, and Indian forces led by Mohawk Joseph Brant, set a trap in a boggy ravine west of Oriskany Creek and attacked. It was in this battle that General Herkimer received the wound to his leg which led to his death ten days later. Come learn more about this famous battle on its 240th anniversary year.
The programs are free and open to the public - they are held in our Eckler Bldg., 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY.
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
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.
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
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.
see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop