Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drumbeats Through Time 2014 Set for October 25th



The eleventh annual SRAC Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

The event start off with an exclusive SRAC Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm and members are reminded to make sure to call the Center at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting in order to receive your special 2014 commemorative gift and other great prizes! SRAC Co-Founder, local historian, avocational archaeologist and rock and mineral specialist Ted Keir will also be celebrating his 90th birthday at this event as well.

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.The highlighted speaker will be SRAC's professional advisor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer from Bloomsburg University who will be presenting “The Snake Den Group” a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that her team has been excavating in Ohio  that has many resemblances a well-known  site in South Waverly, called Spanish Hill.

Seneca Native American representative/ cultural speaker Richard Kane will be the second speaker at the event and will sharing Native American cultural and historical information while exhibiting many items for the audience to enjoy.

As it has become SRAC”s annual  tradition the event will close singing and dances by the authentic Native American " Seneca Buffalo Creek" dancers.

The event is free to attend and tours through the SRAC museum will be free throughout the day’s event. 

Fall Flea Market to Benefit SRAC

There will be a Fall Flea Market at Dj’s Golf Course on Rte 60 in Chemung, NY with a portion of the proceeds used to raise funds for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center every Thursday from 8am to 2pm while the weather permits. Twenty to forty vendors will be set up and food and refreshments will be available as well.

If you are a vendor and would like to set up at the flea market, call (607) 743-3537. Vendor setup fees are just $10.

Friday, September 26, 2014

History's Mystery's for October has been cancelled

Well our speaker cancelled and we are to busy planning Drumbeats 2014 to reschedule another presentation! See you at Drumbeats Saturday October 25th!

Drumbeats 2014 Scheduled for Saturday October 25th, 2014

SRAC Members: Please call us at 607-565-7960 to reserve your place at the morning membership meeting!
Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th! We will be having our exclusive Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm. MEMBERS: please make sure to call us at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting and to get your special 2014 commemorative gift and get your chance to win many of the great prizes! It will also be Ted Keir's 90th birthday party! So plan to have a great time!

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.

The highlighted speaker will be our good friend and professional advisor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer from
Bloomsburg University and she will be presenting a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that she is working on that has many resemblances to our own Spanish Hill!

Native American and Seneca cultural speaker Richard Kane will be our second speaker will be our second speaker of the day and he will be bringing many items for us to see up close!

The event will close as it has become our tradition with our dear friends the Seneca authentic Native American "Buffalo Creek" dancers.

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more specifics in the very near future!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class Saturday September 6th

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th 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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SRAC Giving Campaign Option - Donate Items for Resale

First of all I want to thank all of you who generously support SRAC through donations, volunteerism and in so many ways - without all of you - we could not survive. We have a modest savings account and are working hard to continue to be open 5 days a week with 100% volunteer staffing - but because of all of you - we have never lost faith that we could keep our doors open and our mission alive! But we still need your help!

Many items in this case at the Co-op have been donated to SRAC to raise funds!
I just wanted to remind all of you that even though Waverly's Attic is over - we will still come to your home and pick up used furniture, household goods, stereo systems, old album collections, tools and even outdoor equipment or whatever else you may be thinking you want to get rid of but is just not ready to be put on the curb. This is because we are selling things every day now at the Crooked River Co-op - which I started last October and has become quite a popular shop with over 30 members that add inventory to the shop and paying a sales commission. This allows me to support SRAC in a new way - and that is by taking the items that you donate and selling them in the Co-op - and nt charging ANY SALES COMMISSION - but giving SRAC 100% of whatever we can sell your items for.

In fact in August, SRAC raised $593 dollars just at the Co-op on items donated and sold there! But this will only continue to work if we continue to get more items in to sell - So please help us by spreading the word and telling anyone who wants to get rid of anything that we can sell to contact us - And remember if it is too big for them to bring in themselves to just call me at 607-727-3111 and we will arrange a pick up.

Thanks for spreading the word and your continued support!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live" - By Timothy Abel, PhD

Timothy Abel, PhD
Adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton, NY by Timothy Abel, PhD will present  “I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live:” Archaeology of a War of 1812 Soldier’s Hut at Cantonment Saranac, Plattsburgh, NY at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY on Tuesday September 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

In the summers of 2012 and 2013, archaeologists and students from Clinton Community College conducted excavations at the Zagreb site, part of Col. Zebulon Pike's 1812-1813 winter cantonment in Plattsburgh, New York.  Excavations have revealed a modest structure roughly 12'x16' with several architectural features apparent.  Artifacts found in the cabin corroborate the documentary record of the camp's destruction in the summer of 1813, as well as giving details about the lives of soldiers that occupied it.  This evidence, combined with historical accounts, paints a picture of misery for the army camped there 200 years ago.

Admission donation for the presentation of $6 for general admission and $4 for SRAC members is appreciated. Doors open at 6pm with the opportunity for all visitors to tour the SRAC exhibit hall as a part of the night's event for free.