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HCHS Gift Shop

The Herkimer County Historical Society's Gift Shop features a wide selection of books on local history and the Adirondacks, as well as by local authors. We also have a nice selection of gifts and souvenirs, including Herkimer Diamonds and jewelry, postcards, notepaper, magnets, and more.

Popular Books

The 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.

This 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."

In our 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.

The cost of the book is $17.99.


"Ghosts 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.

Erie 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 each


"Herkimer Village" by Susan Perkins and Caryl Hopson - a pictorial history of the village of Herkimer, published by Arcadia Publishing for their Images of America series. The village of Herkimer, incporporated on April 6, 1807, was the first village in Herkimer County. First settled by the Palatine Germans in 1725, the village's location at the juncture of the Mohawk River and West Canada Creek made it the focal point of the county and it was designated the county seat. The village population grew with the development of mills and factories, prompting the construction of elaborate homes, churches, diverse shops, and the New York Central Railroad, which ran directly through the village center. Herkimer Village provides a snapshot of the daily life and important events in this village's colorful and dynamic history. Cost is $21.99.

"Prison Diary and Letters of Chester Gillette" by Craig Brandon and Jack Sherman. For the first time, a book on the famous "American Tragedy" murder of 1906 involving Chester Gillette and Grace Brown, features the words of the convicted murderer Gillette. The book is based on the actual diary and letters written by Gillette while he was in Auburn Prison awaiting his sentence of execution. Cost is $25.00.


Popular Sellers

Click to see full-sized image.Historic Herkimer County Afghan
Beautiful multicolored tapestry afghan with favorites sites and landmarks from the 19 townships in Herkimer County, New York. Jacquard woven in 100% full color cotton. Machine washable, 50" x 65" and fringed. To have mailed, please add $10.00 to your order.


Available now for $45.00



Click to see full-sized image.Mohawk Valley Bellingers & Related Families
by David A Bellinger

(5.5" paperback book (761 pages) and affiliated CD )

Genealogy reports, family tree, etc. for 7000+ relatives beginning with Hans Bellinger (b. 1615) through the 20th entury. Text, illustrations & photos highlight Palatine (Bellinger) migration, settlement at upstate New York wilderness in 1710, contribution to the American Revolution and more.

CD $20.00 Not Compatible with Mac. computers.
Book $10.00
CD & Book Set $30.00


Shipping and Handling on books: $4.00 for 1-2 books, add $.50 for each additional book.
NYS residents should add 8.25% sales tax.

Please make a check payable to the Herkimer County Historical Society and mail it to our address at:
Herkimer County Historical Society
400 N. Main St
Herkimer, NY 13350
(315) 866-6413