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The Times
  • Window work continues at historical society

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  • HERKIMER — The window project at the Herkimer County Historical Society’s Suiter Building is continuing — and that work involves all 52 windows on the building.
    Jim Turner, of Honeoye Falls Millwork, the contractor for the project, was on hand Monday working to install window well covers. The covers were last replaced more than a decade ago and were in poor condition.
    The new covers are being topped with metal roofing and, once they are all in place, a coat of paint will help them blend in with the foundation, Turner said. He is also installing windows in the basement.
    The basement level work is only part of the project. Plans call for replacement or restoration of all of windows on the building. Turner said he will save as much as he can of the old, including glass, and hopes to have the work done by the end of the summer.
    The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties awarded the society a $74,400 grant toward the project in 2012, according to Executive Director Sue Perkins. Other funding for the project includes memorial donations contributed by historical society members in the amount of $7,300 to purchase window inserts or interior storm windows.
    It has been many years since work was done on the windows of the 1884 Suiter Building, Perkins said. The Queen Anne style building, at 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, was a legacy to the Herkimer County Historical Society in 1925 by Dr. A. Walter Suiter, a prominent citizen and physician. It was named in memory of Dr. Suiter’s father, Col. James A. Suiter, a noted Civil War veteran.
    One room in the Suiter building depicts Dr. Suiter’s library with his record books, round oak table and other artifacts. The building also houses the current permanent exhibit, “All In A Days Work: Working People, Working Lives,” and rotating exhibits. On the second floor, the Fairfield Room features artifacts and photographs from the Fairfield Seminary, Medical College and Military School and the Daughters of the American Revolution Room houses a collection of genealogical material.
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