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

We will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017 for Martin Luther King Day.

 

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. Research is underway by our staff and an excellent team of volunteers - Mary Haefele, Kathy Huxtable, Caitlyn Johndrew, Barb Kineke, Fran Peruzzi, Margaret Sinclair, and Iva Trevett - making preparations for an exhibit on "Herkimer County's Invovlement in the Great War."

APRIL 26, 2017 - RECEPTION - 4:00-7:00 P.M. - OPENING OF OUR NEW EXHIBIT - "HERKIMER COUNTY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE GREAT WAR."
Join us for our opening of our new display followed by a free program at 7:00 p.m. by Cheryl Pula on "The Lost Battalion" based on the American regiment caught behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest.

BANNER PROJECT - We are also 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! 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 for our Banner project. Please call us at (315) 866-6413 or email at herkimerhistory@yahoo.com. You can also stop in at the Society (406 N. Main St., Herkimer - open Monday-Friday, 10-4).

WORLD WAR 1 MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED
We are also seeking any memorabilia and photographs that can be used for our display in regard to Herkimer County and to be also used for stories that we would like to feature in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Please contact us!

 


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. 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.

We have a year-long lineup of Bus Trips for 2017 that we are excited to share with you soon!

 

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS FOR 2017.

April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - "The Lost Battalion" by Cheryl Pula. Her program will talk about the American regiment caught behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest during World War 1. 2017 marks the centennial of the U.S. involvement in the Great War.

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

DISPLAY ON "SEARCHING FOR FORT DAYTON ARCHAEOLOGY DIG"
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.

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."