Wednesday, November 4 @ 7:00 p.m. - Finding Bigfoot: Northern Sasquatch Research Society by Rusty Aldrich
This program will be held at the Frank J. Basloe Library. Come join us to learn more about sightings in the New York State area.
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
NEW BOOK - "WOMEN BELONG IN HISTORY BOOKS - HERKIMER & ONEIDA COUNTIES 1700-1950" - $25.00
We are excited to announce the publication of a long-awaited book, edited by Jane Spellman, featuring the fascinating lives of women from the Herkimer and Oneida Counties - 135 of them to be exact. Beginning with Catherine Petrie Herkimer (1700-1777) whose son Nicholas earned the honor of having his name used when Herkimer County was created in 1791, each chapter features biographical essays on the women in a time-line from 1700 to 1950. Some of the women from Herkimer County include Gelston castle's Harriet Douglas Cruger (1790-1872), community leader Helen Curtis Marshall (ca. 1832-1910), famous murderess Roxalana Druse (1845-1888), balloonist Mary Breed Hawley Myers aka "Carlotta, the Aeronaut" (1849-1932), author Mary Quackenbush Brush (1856-1940), Doctor Carrie Richardson (1861-1948), and artist Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934), to name a few.
The book will be available for sale at the Society's Gift Shop, open Monday-Friday, 10-4. We will be opening on Saturdays, 10-3, beginning July 11 until the end of August (closed August 1). The cost of the book is $25.00, plus tax.
To have it mailed, please add $4.00 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