Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 25th - SRAC's 5th Annual "DrumBeats Through Time"

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center of Native Indian Studies (SRAC) will be hosting their 5th annual "DrumBeats Through Time" event at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY from 1-6pm on Saturday, October 25th.

The last 4 years, SRAC held their annual event in the Patterson Auditorium on the Guthrie campus in Sayre. Since acquiring their own building in downtown Waverly, SRAC will host the annual event in their own building for the first time. The building, known by locals as the "old Phillie Sales building" or more recently the "Dollar Bazaar" was purchased by SRAC in December 2007. Since then, an outpouring of community support and volunteer work had transformed this once dingy building with walls that were literally crumbling into a the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center complete with a gift shop, lecture hall to date. However, during the event on the 25th, SRAC will have a grand opening of their museum space. One tradition of the event is that along with the thousands of Native American artifacts owned by SRAC there will be many seldom seen private collections owned by SRAC members and friends as well.

This event is our way to celebrate our local prehistory with collectors and the community, and we have never charged an admission fee. We hope that the community takes this opportunity to learn more about SRAC and the unique history of our region. It will be an event that has something for children as well as adults, and will include a few surprises throughout the day.

Event Schedule:

1pm - doors open to view the artifacts and exhibits and gift shop and remain open throughout the event!

1:30pm - 2:30PM “Flowers for the Dead: New Research into the World of the Hopewell Moundbuilder Culture.”
by Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, Bloomsburg University Using traces of organic and other unusual materials preserved in association with ceremonial copper burial objects, Dr. Wymer will give the audience an intimate view of the ceremonies of the ancient Hopewell Moundbuilder culture. Simply a breathtaking presentation!

3 – 4PM “Buffalo Creek“ Native Indian Dancers!
The Village of Waverly will close the street in front of SRAC for this very special opportunity for the community to learn and enjoy the music and dance from these authentic Seneca Native Indian dancers!

4:30 PM – 5:30 SRAC MURAL Unveiling
SRAC will unveil an outdoor mural funded by a 2007 Decentralization (DEC) Grant which was administered by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes and sponsored by the Village of Waverly. A special dedication will follow.

6pm - doors close

SRAC's DrumBeats Through Time is free to the public to attend.

To learn more about the DrumBeats Through Time event or SRAC, please visit www.SRACenter.org, or call (607)565-7960. SRAC is open from 1-5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 11-3pm Saturdays.

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