Little Falls Historical Society Museum Events

  • This day in history: December 3

    1878

    The General Z. C. Priest Steamer Company has obtained permission to use the basin on East Mill Street for a skating rink. They are erecting a large building that will be well heated and have rooms to put on skates.

    1889

    The “Eastern Improvement Company” has purchased 100 acres around the “burnt rocks” and propose to make well graded streets and divide the property into building lots. Principles involved include George A. Hardin, David H. Burrell, J. J. Gilbert, Robert MacKinnon, Victor Adams, Albert Story, G. Fred Girvan, and M. G. Bronner.

    1920

    Before a large gathering, the cornerstone laying exercises were held at the West Monroe Street school building with Mayor Gilbert as principal speaker. School pupils sang several patriotic selections. The building opened in 1921.

  • This day in history: December 4

    1885

    Peter J. Casler, the owner of the Grand Central Hotel, has received a summons for violating fish & game laws for using dynamite to illegally kill and remove fish from Piseco Lake. Casler denied the charges.

    1923

    Willard Levee, Jeweler and Importer, located at 562 East Main Street in Little Falls, offers Ever-Sharp pens at $1, Wahl pens at $4, and solid gold Wahl pens at up to $50 at his shop. Mr. Levee recently returned from an around the world tour visiting many gem markets.

    1980

    If the latest “unofficial” census figures are correct Little Falls  has lost 1,476 residents in the past ten years – from 7, 629 in 1970 to the current 6,153. As a whole, Herkimer County lost 1,015 people. Mayor Wind rejected the census figure for the city and will initiate a locally-conducted count.

    2007

    At a Common Council meeting, Mayor Ted Wind retired after 45 years of public service as alderman, county legislator, and long-time mayor of Little Falls.

  • This day in history: December 5

    1941

    Little Falls police and firemen were asking for a 15 percent raise in pay, from $132 per month to $151.80 per month.

  • This day in history: December 6

    1841

    A large number of unoccupied lots in the outpart of the village, formerly owned by Ellice and more recently by R. R. Ward, were sold at auction. A greater part of the property around the village is now owned by resident citizens. Building in the past year has surpassed that of prior years.

    1907

    Central New York Telephone Company’s new handsome and commodious building on South Second Street is ready for use. There are 12 operators’ positions and capacity for 2,500 phones. The cost for the site, building, and apparatus was $34,500.

News and Updates

Theresa Carrig Children's Center at the Little Falls Library

Little Falls native Blaise Carrig (LFHS class of 1969) and his wife Leslie donated $50,000 earlier this year to six Little Falls non-profit organizations. The Carrigs responded to a series of questions for this article from their home in Longmont, Colorado.  “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by […]

The Little Falls Historical Society has added a Making History Today repository page to our website This new page is for the purpose of collecting residents’ input and creating a body of work that will help future generations better understand how the greater Little Falls community has been impacted by the pandemic.  Society members, local […]

The Little Falls Historical Society Museum kicked off the new 2020 writing series with our first article published in the Times Telegram on April 16, 2020. All of the published articles can be read on both the Times Telegram and our website. We hope you enjoy the series!

To help support NYS and US efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff, the Little Falls Historical Society Museum is temporarily closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to resuming operation whenever possible. […]

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Herkimer Times Telegram published an article, “Studying pieces of history” featuring the collaborative project between Little Falls Historical Society Museum and SUNY Oneonta second-year graduate students as they study Little Falls’ historic industrial period from 1790-1960. Use this link to view the article in its entirety or https://herkimertelegram-ny.newsmemory.com/?publink=158cc708e_1343597.