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The Times
  • Mohawk Valley institutions taking part in first-ever Museum Week

  • Looking for something to do today? Check out some local, historical treasures on display as part of the first-ever New York State Museum Week.

    “This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for the museum and the historic site, but for the whole community,” said Karen Sheckells, site director of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site, after a press conference at the home on Friday afternoon.

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  • Looking for something to do today? Check out some local, historical treasures on display as part of the first-ever New York State Museum Week.
    “This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for the museum and the historic site, but for the whole community,” said Karen Sheckells, site director of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site, after a press conference at the home on Friday afternoon.
    Museum week — which started May 31 and runs to June 6 — is taking place across the state at museums, zoos, botanical gardens, historic homes, living history museums, art centers and cultural organizations. According to its website, the week is “designed to give guests a taste of what museums have available throughout the year [and] is the perfect opportunity for neighboring-residents and visitors alike to discover (or rediscover) these remarkable cultural institutions and their contributions to the preservation of our state’s rich heritage.”
    Sheckells said she had visitors from Little Falls at the home recently who “didn’t even know we were here — a treasure in their own backyard.”
    Several museums throughout Herkimer County joined together to advertise their list of events, most of which will take place Saturday or Sunday.
    The Historic Four Corners in the village of Herkimer — at the intersection of North Main and Church street — will host some of the weekend’s events, including tours at the 1834 Herkimer County Jail.
    “Over the past two to three years, it’s had major restoration, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Katie Nichols, treasurer of the Friends of Historic Herkimer County, during the press conference.
    There will also be a book signing by James Greiner, president of the Friends of Historic Herkimer County, who authored the book “The Last Woman Hanged: Roxalana Druse.”
    Across the street, the Herkimer County Historical Society will have an open house and will show off its new display on the “War of 1812 in Herkimer County.”
    Herkimer Home will have its special collection on display for visitors during the week, including the Petrie Textile. The 300-year-old plus bedcover made in Germany belonged to the Petrie family. Catherine Petrie married Johan Jost Herkimer, the father of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer.
    Nancy Cioch, a volunteer site interpreter for the Herkimer Home, said, “The Petrie Textile rarely gets out to be viewed because it is so fragile.”
    For more information, go to www.iloveny.com/museumweek.

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