Thursday, July 24, 2014

Waverly's Attic Event: Saturday August 9th


Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday August 5th: "Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation"

Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation by Karen Guenther, PhD, Professor, Mansfield University
Tuesday, August 5th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
at SRAC, 345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY

(WAVERLY, NY) The next presentation in the “History’s Mysteries” series at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) will be "Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation" by Dr. Karen Guenther, Professor of History at Mansfield University. Guenther is also an archivist for Zion's United Church of Christ in Reading, Pennsylvania, which organized in August 1881 as Zion's German Reformed Church and closed in September 2010.  This presentation will discuss some of the interesting challenges faced and epiphanies realized while organizing the records of a congregation that began as a mission for early German immigrants in Pennsylvania. The presentation will take place from 6:30 – 7:30pm 0n Tuesday, August 5th at SRAC, located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

A $6 donation admission fee is requested for all non SRAC members, $4 for SRAC members, and students attend all events free. Admission to the SRAC Exhibit hall is included in the admission and the public is invited to arrive early to enjoy the latest exhibits on display.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SRAC Fundraiser "Waverly"s Attic" has many new additions this year!


http://www.waverlysattic.com

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Waverly’s Attic event set to take place on Broad Street in downtown Waverly, NY on Saturday, August 9th.  The event is a fundraiser for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and this year’s event will include street vendors, music, great food, free tours of the SRAC museum, a Chinese auction, cotton candy, snow cones, a children’s game area with great prizes to win, and the very popular street auction of items donated to SRAC by their supporters. 

SRAC is still accepting vendor applications and items for their Chinese auction and street auction, and anyone interested can either drop off items at the Center Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-5pm or Saturdays 11-4pm. You can also have items picked up by calling Deb Twigg at 607-727-3111.

It’s your chance to support your local museum and to have a great time in your community.  Please share.

Visit http://www.waverlysattic.com to learn more.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This Tuesday - July 1st - "The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson


David Johnson
"The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson, President of the Orange County Chapter of NYS Archaeology at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 1st. The presentation will compare the Lewis Hollow Site, located near Woodstock, New York, with other sites in New York State, as well as the southwestern states and Peru.

The Lewis Hollow Cairn Site is characteristic of sites located throughout New York State, as well as other regions of the Western Hemisphere. Although cairn sites are considered sacred by Native American tribes, they have been neglected by other cultures and government agencies, thus they remain unprotected and subject to destruction. These sites share a commonality in setting, association with springs, cairns, effigy features, wall types and panoramic views. As more sites are added to the data base, the similarity remains consistent suggesting these sites were constructed by people with a common belief and / or origin. The sites reflect the Native American’s holistic view of earth and its surroundings, for example, springs with the underworld, surface features such as walls and cairns with the present world and astronomical alignments with the cosmos. Within the northeast, several cairn sites have been referred to by the earliest European settlers as existing at the time of their arrival, and Native Americans associate them with their ancestral heritage. This suggests many of these sites were constructed by the Native Americans who occupied the region for thousands of years. Cairn sites, like Lewis Hollow, deserve to be investigated more thoroughly, and those associated with Native Americans should be protected.

Since 1995 Johnson has been documenting the association between ancient Native American structures and stone features with areas of higher permeability within groundwater in three geographical regions of the Western Hemisphere, the southwestern and northeastern United States and Peru, South America. This research has lead to a more in-depth understanding of ancient structures and stone features such as cairns. Johnson is president of the Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association and a former research associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts. He is a National Geographic Research and Exploration recipient and was awarded a doctoral degree for his research in Peru by the University of Engineering, Lima, Peru. Johnson has collaborated with archaeologists, hydrologists and geologists in all three geographical regions to develop a more in-depth understanding of the correlation between areas of higher permeability within groundwater and archaeological sites. Currently, Johnson is researching sites in the northeastern and southwestern states where he has research permits for several national parks and monuments, as well as Native American tribal lands.

Admission donation requested for this event is $6 for the general public and $4 for SRAC members.


Plans are underway for the second annual Waverly’s Attic/SRAC fundraiser in downtown Waverly, NY on Saturday, August 9th, 2014. Last year’s event was a big success bringing hundreds of visitors to Waverly, with street vendors, clowns, great food, kids activities, Chinese auction,  free museum tours,  geode cutting, and a large auction all taking place on Broad Street. 

We are now requesting help in the form of volunteers, street vendor applications and donations for our huge street auction. People can donate household items, antiques, even automobiles to SRAC to sell at this auction, and we will even come and pickup whatever you have for your convenience. Anyone interested in helping in whatever way you can - can call me at (607)727-3111 or you can learn more at http://www.waverlysattic.com/ .

Thanks for whatever you can do!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday July 1st, The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites


David Johnson
"The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson, President of the Orange County Chapter of NYS Archaeology at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 1st. The presentation will compare the Lewis Hollow Site, located near Woodstock, New York, with other sites in New York State, as well as the southwestern states and Peru.

The Lewis Hollow Cairn Site is characteristic of sites located throughout New York State, as well as other regions of the Western Hemisphere. Although cairn sites are considered sacred by Native American tribes, they have been neglected by other cultures and government agencies, thus they remain unprotected and subject to destruction. These sites share a commonality in setting, association with springs, cairns, effigy features, wall types and panoramic views. As more sites are added to the data base, the similarity remains consistent suggesting these sites were constructed by people with a common belief and / or origin. The sites reflect the Native American’s holistic view of earth and its surroundings, for example, springs with the underworld, surface features such as walls and cairns with the present world and astronomical alignments with the cosmos. Within the northeast, several cairn sites have been referred to by the earliest European settlers as existing at the time of their arrival, and Native Americans associate them with their ancestral heritage. This suggests many of these sites were constructed by the Native Americans who occupied the region for thousands of years. Cairn sites, like Lewis Hollow, deserve to be investigated more thoroughly, and those associated with Native Americans should be protected.

Since 1995 Johnson has been documenting the association between ancient Native American structures and stone features with areas of higher permeability within groundwater in three geographical regions of the Western Hemisphere, the southwestern and northeastern United States and Peru, South America. This research has lead to a more in-depth understanding of ancient structures and stone features such as cairns. Johnson is president of the Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association and a former research associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts. He is a National Geographic Research and Exploration recipient and was awarded a doctoral degree for his research in Peru by the University of Engineering, Lima, Peru. Johnson has collaborated with archaeologists, hydrologists and geologists in all three geographical regions to develop a more in-depth understanding of the correlation between areas of higher permeability within groundwater and archaeological sites. Currently, Johnson is researching sites in the northeastern and southwestern states where he has research permits for several national parks and monuments, as well as Native American tribal lands.

Admission donation requested for this event is $6 for the general public and $4 for SRAC members.

Athens Third Grade Class Visits SRAC

(WAVERLY. NY) The Athens third grade class spent a day with us at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) recently. Approximately 100 students spent their field trip learning about fossils and our Native American past by SRAC volunteers Sig Wilkinson and Ted Keir, both retired Athens teachers.

It was an afternoon filled with fun and I want to thank Ted and Sig and also Mary Keene who worked in the gift shop the whole time as well. It went off without a hitch and we all enjoyed it as much as the kids I bet!

Athens third grade teacher Claudia Chacona commented, "There is so much to see many of the artifacts were found in PA and better yet in and around the Susquehanna River. While visiting the museum our students learned so much history and science, our students were mesmerized. The museum is fascinating and is packed full of interesting artifacts. The Lynch Bustin Third Grade were broken into three groups, The Bears, the Eagles, and the Wolves. Each group wore a different colored tee shirts which were graciously donated by the Athens Rotary Club. The three groups were in competition to “Stump the Chump” meaning they had to come up with questions during their time with the volunteer instructors. Our students were learning and did not recognize this field trip was also a learning experience. If you ever get a chance, please stop in at the museum and check it out, you won’t be disappointed!"

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and gives school field trips at no cost to our local schools.