Friday, May 22, 2015

TOOLS SALE

Feeling blessed. SRAC just received a generous donation of many tools to sell to raise funds by John Howe during our Spring Cleanup fundraiser. Many are brand new in the box. I have included the list of items that we have with pricing and many pictures here. They are available at the Crooked River Co-op. (Open EVERY DAY 10 - 6) Take ten percent off pricing if you tell us you saw it here on Facebook. OR if you are a current SRAC member - take 20% off any item we have on the list! You can call me with questions - 607-727-3111. SORRY - I CANNOT HOLD ANY ITEMS - FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.























Thursday, May 14, 2015

“Visions of Teaoga” to be presented at SRAC June 2nd

Author Jim Remsen will present “Visions of Teaoga” at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center,(SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30pm.Books will also be available at this event and are in the SRAC gift shop.

Remsen spent most of his award-winning career in daily journalism at one of the country’s most distinguished newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Since his retirement from newspaper work, Jim has pursued his keen interest in history -- with a focus on underappreciated aspects of our nation's local history.

His book, “Visions of Teaoga” is a historical novel that has its readers sitting in on an Indian storytelling circle centuries ago, and joining a girl today who visits the same spot - and hears the whispers of its powerful history. As he explains, “Anyone studying early America comes face to face with how spotty the historical record can be, especially when dealing with the Indian world. Since the Iroquois and related tribes did not keep written histories at that time, we are generally dependent on the chronicles of Europeans. Unfortunately, those accounts were frequently slanted, ill-informed, or simply sketchy. And while prominent leaders such as Red Jacket and Teedyuscung got adequate mention in the official records, lesser-known ones like our Esther & Eghohowin remained on the margins. All too often, this has resulted in a grabbing at straws, in conjecture and rumor sometimes hardening into accepted truth, and in lore too often substituting for proven fact. Over the years, unsubstantiated and contradictory stories took hold about E & E’s backgrounds, actions, whereabouts, and even deaths. During the Revolutionary War years, as race hatred was growing, depicting Esther as the bloodthirsty “Fiend of Wyoming” may have served a propaganda purpose for settlers, but her exact role in the atrocity is actually far from clear.”

Doors open at 6pm and admission to the SRAC museum is included in your $6 donation to this program (SRAC members always receive a discount at $4 and students attend for free!) History’s Mysteries at SRAC will be presented at SRAC every first Tuesday of the month.

Monday, April 13, 2015

SRAC Spring Cleanup Drive

SRAC is hosting a Spring Cleanup Drive: It's that time of the year when you just want to clean out the house and garage and get rid of all of the clutter ! Call SRAC at 607-565-7960 and we will come and pick up items that we can sell to raise funds and help you clean out! From outdoor equipment to used furniture, old record albums, vintage items, collectables and even vehicles - just give us a call and you can claim whatever we sell your items for on your next years taxes! Thanks for whatever you can do to help our museum! We are all volunteers trying to keep the largest museum of Native American artifacts in the region open - and with your help we can!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jewelry and Beading Class this Saturday - April 11

A bead-working class is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month, at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

Have you ever wished that you could find that one necklace or bracelet that would go with that special sweater or outfit that you like to wear? Have you ever wanted a special necklace that could show off a family heirloom or pendant? Have you ever just wanted to find a necklace made of that special gemstone or color scheme that you like so much? Many jewelers are adding custom jewelry making to their services to fill this need, but SRAC is offering the opportunity for people to create their own beaded jewelry at a fraction of the cost and with high quality gemstones!

On the Second Saturday of each month, Ellen Sisco holds classes at SRAC in basic and intermediate beading. Supplies include beads and all accessories to complete a necklace or bracelet. Hundreds of precious stones, clips, glass beads and polished glass chips are among the variety of items that the attendees will be able to choose from.

You can also call SRAC and request specific colors and/or gemstones that you want to make your jewelry with! Ellen will facilitate your needs and help you make the perfect piece of jewelry for yourself or for a gift for someone else. Fees for this two hour beading class is $25. RSVP's are greatly appreciated by calling the Center at (607)565-7960 or by emailing info@SRAcenter.org

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jewelry and Beading Class at SRAC March 14

A bead-working class is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month, at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

Have you ever wished that you could find that one necklace or bracelet that would go with that special sweater or outfit that you like to wear? Have you ever wanted a special necklace that could show off a family heirloom or pendant? Have you ever just wanted to find a necklace made of that special gemstone or color scheme that you like so much? Many jewelers are adding custom jewelry making to their services to fill this need, but SRAC is offering the opportunity for people to create their own beaded jewelry at a fraction of the cost and with high quality gemstones!

On the Second Saturday of each month, Ellen Sisco holds classes at SRAC in basic and intermediate beading. Supplies include beads and all accessories to complete a necklace or bracelet. Hundreds of precious stones, clips, glass beads and polished glass chips are among the variety of items that the attendees will be able to choose from.

You can also call SRAC and request specific colors and/or gemstones that you want to make your jewelry with! Ellen will facilitate your needs and help you make the perfect piece of jewelry for yourself or for a gift for someone else. Fees for this two hour beading class is $25. RSVP's are greatly appreciated by calling the Center at (607)565-7960 or by emailing info@SRAcenter.org

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Damaged Clovis Donated to SRAC


One of the earliest cultures in North America has been named "Clovis" after a type of spear point found at Clovis, New Mexico. While these points dating as far back as the Ice Age (10 - 12 thousand years ago) have been found in the Twin Tiers region, they are very rare and are prized possessions of the collectors who find them. As a result, when the staff at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, (SRAC) received a donation of a small coffee can filled with broken points they were surprised to find what looks like a broken Clovis point in the mix. The points were donated by the family of John Featherson, of Waverly, NY who collected along the Chemung River.

A display is already on exhibit at the museum on Broad Street in Waverly, and shows a distinct notch (fluting) in the flint point that is created solely by the early hunters in North America. The point is also very thin in comparison to later arrow points which is also a classic characteristic of the Clovis point as well.

Executive Director, Deb Twigg added, "These points are so rare that we have just one in our collection of thousands of arrow points that we have from our region. To consider that these stone spear points were used to hunt large mammals including bison, horse, deer, elk, mastodon, and mammoth is quite incredible. We want to thank the Featherson family for donating their dad's collection to us so that we could preserve it and allow the public to enjoy such a rare piece of our prehistoric past."



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jewelry Class Cancelled

The Jewelry class scheduled for Saturday Feb. 14th has been cancelled.