Little Falls Historical Society Museum Events

  • This day in history: October 26


    The Hinman’s Cave (Hole), situated about one mile north of the village, was explored extensively by students from the Fairfield Academy. Using ropes they descended 100 feet from the surface. There was one room of importance being between 30 and 40 feet wide with dripping water.


    The new temple of the International Organization of Odd Fellows, on South William Street, is an ornament and enterprise of the local lodge. The front of the building is an especially fine piece of architecture and is admired by all beholders.


    Traffic moved for the first time over the South Side Arterial and bridge over the Mohawk River and Barge canal. There were no ceremonies. At the same time, the old lift bridge, between Mohawk Street and Flint Avenue, was closed, and workmen shortly will start removing it.

  • This day in history: October 27


    Xerxes A. Willard, the man responsible in making Little Falls the “cheese capitol of the nation,” has died. He abandoned law as a career, became a farmer and was editor of the Herkimer County Journal, as well being an author on various phases of cheese making which became standards in the industry. He developed the method for establishing cheese prices and transmitting that information instantly across the country.


    Improvements in providing water power for running the large number of factories along the Mohawk River have been completed at a cost of about $60,000. Water is now running in the new raceways.


    A train bearing Governor McKinley, the famous Ohio statesman and champion of Protection, and future U.S. president,will stop in Little Falls today. McKinley will deliver an address in Clinton Park adjacent to the railway depot.


    Col. Theodore Roosevelt is to speak at the City Theatre in Little Falls today. He will be met at the train station by the local Military Band and escorted to the theatre to discuss the issues of the present campaign before a large crowd.


    There is opposition to the proposal for a county airport on Gun Club Road just west of Little Falls. Proponents state the airport is a necessary tool for economic development, while the opponents indicate the “luxury facility” caters to private plane owners with taxpayers footing the bill. The airport was never built.

  • This day in history: October 29


    Partridges seem to be plenty in the market but at the same time the price is very high. They sell for $1.40 a pair, not dressed.


    A “human fly”, in the form of Sergeant George G. Polley, climbed to the top of City Hall. His progress was followed by searchlights from automobiles. After going over the cornice, he ascended the tower, and went to the top of the flag pole. He also stood on his head on the top of the tower.


    Legendry Dr. Bernard J. Burke, a family physician in Little Falls for over fifty years, has died. He was known for his compassion, kindness, and humility. Dr. Burke treated thousands of patients regardless of age, situation, or ability to pay. When he was needed he was there. He didn’t always get payment for his treatment, but he was always paid with gratitude and love from his patients. The library in Benton Hall Academy and the bridge spanning the railroad, Mohawk River, and the Erie Canal were named in his honor.

  • This day in history: October 30


    Messrs. Snyder & Fisher announce that any resident of Little Falls who orders a bicycle of them before December 1st may have it for $50 net, strictly high grade, with a guarantee for one year. One floor of the factory will be for a bicycle riding school.


    The strike at the Phoenix Mill escalates as a riot broke out when the police tried to push their way through a crowd of tightly packed workers. Special officers were stabbed and shot. Many officers and strikers were hurt in a second riot raid at the Slovak gymnasium on German Street (Flint Avenue).


    With a little Hollywood magic, East Main Street, between Second and Mary streets, was made to look like a desolate and deserted area for the new Paramount Pictures film “A Quiet Place,” starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. About 140 people from the movie’s art department “transformed” Main Street. The footage shot in Little Falls  opened the movie.

News and Updates

Opening Reception | Little Falls Historical Society Museum -2

By Donna Thompson / Posted May 29, 2019 at 5:21 PM Updated May 29, 2019 at 5:21 PM LITTLE FALLS — Tuesday’s opening reception for three new exhibits at the Little Falls Historical Society’s Old Bank Museum drew a crowd that included local athletes and their families, historical society members and people from the community. Little Falls athletes who competed in New York state level […]

MUSEUM OPENING RECEPTION RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING ATHLETES The general public is cordially invited to attend the Little Falls Historical Society’s 2019 opening reception at their 319 South Ann Street Old Bank Museum on Tuesday May 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. The museum opens for the season on Wednesday May 29 and will be open on Tuesdays […]

In cooperation with the board of directors of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the Little Falls Historical Society will host a 2019 Patriots Day program at the church on Saturday May 18 beginning at 11:00 AM. The church is located on Albany Street in Little Falls. The event is free and open to the public. 2019 marks […]

At 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 23, Little Falls Historical Society member Byron Roff will make a presentation on the role of DNA evidence in conducting family genealogical research. Roff’s presentation will take place at the WCA, located at 534 Garden St. and is free and open to the public. Roff has extensive experience in […]

The presentation on March 26 at the WCA was so well attended that there was standing room only! Mike Potter presented wonderful photos that dated from late the 1800s to the early 1900s. The photos highlight Little Falls streets and transportation during that time period. What we do The Little Falls Historical Society Museum works […]