Herkimer County Historical Society

406 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
316-866-6413

The Herkimer County Historical Society was founded in 1896. Dr. A. Walter Suiter left the Queen Anne Style building located at 400 North Main Streer in Herkimer to the Society in his Will. He died in 1925 leaving the building to his sister Mary Grace with the stipulation that upon her death it would go to the Society. The Society took over the building in 1938.

This building was named after Col. James A. Suiter, father of Dr. A. Walter Suiter. This became the Society’s permanent headquarters where exhibits could be displayed and a library where people could research their genealogy and local history.

In 1988, the Society purchased the house next door which became known as the Eckler Building named after the Eckler Family who made a generous donation to the Society. In 2000, the library, gift shop, and office moved in the renovated Eckler Building.

The Suiter Building still has displays open to the public and houses the Society’s vast collection.

The Society’s mission is to discover, collection, preserve and publish the history, historical records and data of and relating to that portion of the State of New York formerly known as Tryon and later Herkimer County. The Society may maintain a museum for the display and storage of historical artifacts.

The Suiter Memorial Building museum has a permanent display title “All In A Days Work; Working People Working Lives in Herkimer County”, and a temporary display rooms. On the second floor is the Joyce Keller Doll House Miniature Collection.

The Society is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays during July and August 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.. The museum is free. There is a fee to use the library of $5.00 for non-members.

Membership levels: Student $15.00; Individual $40.00; Family $75.00; Sustaining $100.00; Patron $200.00 and Friend $300.

Our e-mail is herkimerhistory@yahoo.com and website is www.rootsweb.ancestry.com//~nyhchs

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