Saturday, April 19, 2014



We are looking for volunteers to help excavate at Wiawaka Holiday House at the southern end of Lake George, New York. We will be documenting the early years of the Holiday House by looking at the materials the visitors, staff, and organizers left behind. Wiawaka Holiday House was founded in 1903 to provide affordable vacations for the working women in the factories of Troy and Cohoes, New York. My dissertation research looks at the intersections of class and gender in the early twentieth century.

No previous archaeological experience is necessary; you will learn archaeological techniques hands-on at the site. All equipment will be provided.

If you have no previous archaeological experience, please agree to volunteer for 3 or more days; 18 years of age or older only.

Accommodation and meals are available at Wiawaka Holiday House for a fee.* There is no charge to volunteer.

What can you expect?
This summer, we will be excavating in three areas of the site to document the experiences of visitors, summer staff, and of the year-round caretakers.

Excavation involves the following physical activities: shoveling, crouching or kneeling on the ground, lifting buckets of dirt to pour into a screen, shaking the screen to separate artifacts from the soil, and filling the hole back in once all the information has been recovered. We will spend 8 hours a day Monday through Friday excavating, taking one hour for lunch in the middle of the day. Instruction will include archaeological methods, note taking, and basic artifact identification and interpretation. Rain day volunteers are more than welcome to help process artifacts in the lab. Participants can either purchase lunch at Wiawaka* or pack a lunch to eat on-site. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on Wiawaka property.

Excavation Dates:
Monday to Friday, June 16 through July 11, 2014

Megan Springate, excavation director, is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland.

For information and to sign up for this unique opportunity, contact Megan Springate at mes@... or 732-768-2985
Find out more about the excavations at and follow The Wiawaka Project on Facebook.

* Volunteers are welcome to stay overnight at Wiawaka for $75 per night prior to June 19. Meals are available only after June 23rd. After June 23rd, the room rate per person is $110 weekdays and $125 weekends, including meals. Volunteers who wish to purchase meals onsite after June 23rd may do so: $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $16 for dinner.

The Wiawaka Holiday House website is
Megan Springate, MA
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
University of Maryland

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SRAC receives two local collections of Native American artifacts

(WAVERLY, NY) The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) recently received two local collections of Native American artifacts to be added to their museum which currently houses around 70 different local collections from around the region.

The first collection referred to as the Noble/SRAC collection was donated by Dan Noble formerly of Newark Valley, NY where his family owned a farm and collected the artifacts. Dan’s collection includes many complete arrowheads and stone tools and is the first SRAC collection from the Newark Valley area.

The second collection referred to as the Briggs/SRAC Collection was donated by Charlie Briggs and was collected by his uncle Verne Briggs as early as 1927. Verne’s collection is quite large and includes many large spear points, pottery, a winged banner stone and many other rare artifacts.

SRAC Co-Founder Deb Twigg said, “We are very excited to get both of these collections and I think the public will be amazed at the new artifacts on display. Both of the collections are already in the SRAC museum and are clearly marked, as all collections are, with the family name and with photos when available. We want to thank the Briggs and Noble families for donating the artifacts to us so that they can be enjoyed by visitors for generations to come.”

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and is open from 1-5pmTuesdays through Fridays and Saturdaysfrom 11-6pm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

SRAC Attends the NYSAA Archaeological Conference

SRAC's Susan Fogel and Danc Caister sold several books at the book table!
What a GREAT weekend at the NYS Archaeology Association conference. A few highlights in clude that we had a collection donated to us, sold a bunch of books and gave away tons of newsletters and brochures, got two speakers, was thanked by the person running the whole conference for being there during his opening speech, had a conversation with the past president of NYSAA about him donating his book collection to us... 

Dan Noble moved out of the region long ago but still had several cases of artifacts from his family's farm in Newark Valley which he donated to us at the conference this weekend. His daughter and grandkids know that they can come and see this collections whenever they want now in their family name and with this picture right with it.

I can honestly say that you would be amazed at how much respect SRAC has by the New York State Archaeological Association members throughout the state. 
I presented my latest research at the conference and had alot of really great feedback and support from scholars around the state.

It was a humbling experience to be around these people that have written so much of what I have studied over the years- and I was very proud to know that they respect the work we are doing at SRAC.

Right now SRAC is in need of more volunteers and funding to help us continue to do what we do for our community and the pursuit of preserving our Native American past. I do hope that you consider supporting the center in any way that you can. We are all volunteers and appreciate your support. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Peruvian Shamanism: Ancient Medicine for Modern Times

Peruvian Shamanism:  Ancient Medicine for Modern Times
by Susan Norton, HLB,  MS
Tuesday, May 6th 6:30 – 7:30pm
at SRAC, 345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY

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Susan Norton, HLB, MS is a fully certified shamanic practitioner through the Four Winds Society and Alberto Villoldo.  Susan has years of experience in this ancient healing medicine from the mountains of Peru, and her training has taken her to Peru, Canada and across the United States.  Susan Norton is the owner of Shamanic Services by Susan in Ithaca, NY.  Her website provides information about her services, workshops and community events.

Susan Norton will reveal her path to becoming a shamanic practitioner after years of being a teacher.  She will demonstrate her medicine tools and how they can be used in healing session.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about this ancient medicine that is very much needed in today’s modern world.  She will discuss what a healing session looks like, how to open sacred space, removal of heavy energies and balancing of chakras and the cutting of cords to past events or people.  Susan will describe a soul retrieval, to bring a lost part of oneself back.  Participants will have a chance to experience first hand the opening of a personal sacred space: the 8th chakra or “wiracocha” over themselves and others in an interactive part of the presentation.

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.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class at SRAC April 12th!

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th 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

Monday, March 31, 2014

History of Antiques -Tuesday April 1st at SRAC

History of Antiques 
By Henry Evans, Local Auctioneer/Collector 
Tuesday, April 1st, 6:30 – 7:30pm 
At SRAC 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY

Local auctioneer and antique collector Henry Evans will give the audience a history lesson of antiques dating from the mid 19th century to the 1960’s while explaining what becomes a collectable and why. Bring one item (smaller than a breadbox) and get a fair market price after the presentation!

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for SRAC members. Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in the admission price.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

SRAC’s Annual Giving Campaign is Underway

SRAC's Ted Keir (shown here with Macy Waschezen and Sarah Brown)  turns 90 this year
(WAVERLY, NY) The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) annual Giving Campaign is currently underway. The Center which is located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY recently celebrated their 10th year and has approximately 300 members and operates totally on a volunteer staffing. The Center does not accept state or federal funding and relies on donations as a major portion of the funds that keep their organization alive. Some other interesting facts about the Center include that they are open 5 days a week year round, have had their artifacts and research published in NY and PA scientific journals, national magazines, and books, it houses thousands of local artifacts found by collectors in our region, university grad students have used SRAC as a resource for thesis work, and that two of the three SRAC Co-Founders Ted Keir and Dick Cowles both do tours each week at the Center and will be turning 90 this year.

SRAC’s Deb Twigg added, “SRAC has become an important place for not only collectors and researchers, but also for locals who now have a museum that celebrates our local prehistoric and Native American past through archaeology available right here in their own back yard. But we are a young organization with no large endowment or savings account yet, and we literally work to survive monthly at this point. That’s why I hope people support our mission and our efforts by donating what they can during our campaign this year. We could not possibly survive without it.”

Items for Resale: Certain items donated to SRAC (non artifact donations!) can be resold by SRAC to raise funds.  Please call SRAC today at 607-565-7960 if you have household items, lawn items, vehicles, or other items we can resell to raise funds. You will receive a donation letter with the amount raised for you to claim on next years taxes!

Donations made to are tax deductible and can be made online at or mailed to SRAC, PO box 12, Sayre, PA 18840.