Bernard Safford and his wife Mary walked the river flats as many have in our area in search of Native Indian artifacts since childhood. As a result, their family home was a museum in itself when he passed away a few years ago.
In 2006, his daughter Nancy Arcesi made a call to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and asked us to preserve Bernard's collection and to use it to educate the children in our communities, and that is what we've done. Since then Bernard's collection has been displayed in local elementary schools and at events from as far away as Binghamton to Corning, NY.
On February 4th, SRAC received yet another generous gift from the Safford family; a check for $5,000.
The money will be partially used for ongoing renovations to SRAC's new building, located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY; and it has come at a time when the funding was needed in order for SRAC to be able to have certain renovations completed when they open their doors by mid-March as planned.
We at SRAC consider ourselves stewards of our region's archaeological evidence; and for that reason, the fact that the Safford family entrusted us with their family's collection over a year and a half ago and continue to express their happiness with our organization and how we are doing things is quite a powerful statement for us.
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