In honor of the frigid temperatures, we are offering a special price for the month of January and February for the book "Frozen In Time" by Mitchell Zuckoff in our Gift Shop. Regularly selling for $15.99, it will be available for $12.99 until the end of the month. The book tells the real-life story of a B-17 crew who were flying over the Greenland ice cap in November 1942 to rescue a missing cargo plane. They end up crashing into a fogged-out glacier and take refuge in the plane's broken tail. As the brutal winter ravages the Arctic wilderness, rescue attempts are made while the crew try to survive alone on the ice cap for close to half a year.
It's an amazing story with a local connection. Sgt. Paul Spina (1916-1978) from Frankfort was a member of that crew. Along with supplies that were parachuted down to them were letters from Spina's mother written to her son. Our Gift Shop is located in our Eckler Bldg., 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY and we are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. To order by mail, send a check to the Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350 (NYS residents add 8.25% sales tax) plus $4.00 shipping.
Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. - "Abolitionism and The Underground Railroad in Herkimer & Oneida Counties" by Cheryl Pula
We are happy to begin our monthly program series with one of our favorite presenters, Cheryl Pula from New York Mills. Cheryl is a retired Reference Librarian and serves as the village historian of New York Mills and is President of The History Club. She has a wide array of programs on historical topics and we love each year to select one for her to present for us. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War, we thought it fitting to touch upon that subject and how residents from central New York State took an active role in fighting slavery in the South.
We will have a list of other upcoming programs soon!
are free and open to the public. They are held in our Eckler Building,
406 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY, unless otherwise noted.
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
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.
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.
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
"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.
"HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY" by Bob Cudmore
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.
- A PICTORIAL HISTORY
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
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.
see a complete listing of our books, please visit our "Gift Shop