SRAC is proud to present so many presentations at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY that are meant for all ages to learn more about our region's prehistory and early history by many dynamic speakers and at an affordable price. In fact, some events are free to attend while others include a free admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall filled with thousands of locally found Native Indian artifacts with admission to the event.
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March 3, 2009 - 6 - 7:30 pm History’s Mysteries! "French Azilum" by Richard Boswell, retired professor, SUNY Binghamton - Azilum, or Asylum, was built just ten miles below Towanda, PA by a group of French exiles in the autumn of 1793. Some of the refugees, because of their loyalty to the King, had left France to escape imprisonment or death at the hands of the Revolution. In the end, more than fifty structures were erected by the refugees in hopes to build a village that could support the population comfortably through the harsh winters. It is believed that even Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, and her two children were trying to escape in order to settle there. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for SRAC members and children under 18. Exhibit Hall admission is free to all attendees.
March 16, 2009 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm, "New York's Missing Link: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, Then and Now" by Robert Spiegelman, NYS Speaker Bureau - Strikingly, though Sullivan/Clinton has the most historical markers in New York, it has been nearly forgotten. Spiegelman's tour-de-force combines fresh research, dramatic visuals and unique animated maps to answer why. Back from the "memory hole," Sullivan/Clinton becomes an essential lens on New York and American history. Agreeing with David McCullough that making history boring is a "crime," Spiegelman unveils Sullivan/Clinton as high drama with present-day impact. This event is sponsored by the Humanities of New York State and is free to attend.
March 27, 2009 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm "Prehistory of Our Region" by SUNY Public Archaeology Facility Director, Dr. Nina Versaggi - Dr. Versaggi has authored numerous articles on the prehistory of New York State and it’s archaeology. Versaggi will discuss the earliest humans that lived in our region and what their life looked like. An interesting discussion that will give the audience a better understanding of the people who used many of the items found in the SRAC Exhibit Hall. Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for SRAC members and children under 18. Exhibit Hall admission is free to all attendees.
April 7, 2009 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm History’s Mysteries! - “Stone Tools.” Jack Rowe - Jack will present the basics of ancient tool making. From flint napping to cordage making, this demonstration will answer many questions about how many artifacts were made and what they were probably used for. Rowe has become quite well known for his experience in ancient technologies by actually making and using many artifacts that are seen in the SRAC Exhibit Hall. Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for SRAC members and children under 18. Exhibit Hall admission is free to all attendees.
April 14, 2009 - 6:30 - 7:30 “Introduction to Rocks and Minerals (Geology 101) - by Marty Borko What are the sediments that led to the bedrock, including the Marcellus Shale, in the Twin Tiers? Where did the sediment come from and how was the rock formed? How has our surface geology been transformed by glaciations? Answers to these questions will be answered in a slide supported program on April 14. Marty Borko is a retired Professor of Biology and Natural History having last served as Chair of the Biology Department at Orange County Community College; retiring after 35 years of service. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for SRAC members and children under 18. Exhibit Hall admission is free to all attendees.
May 2, 2009 - 2pm – 4 pm History’s Mysteries “A Double Feature!” By Stan Vanderlaan SRAC member and member of NYS Archaeology - Stanley Vanderlaan of Albion, NY presents two sites that he worked on over decades of his life. The Arc site which is a Paleo site (12 - 15,000 yrs old) represents a time when man still hunted the great beasts such as the woolly mammoth. Artifacts will be on display from this hugely important site. The BTC (Buffalo Tournament) site is a much later site that was discovered when work began for a golf course in the town of Lancaster in Erie County, NY. In the end, this site was 4.5 acres, yet amazingly, no human remains were ever encountered. Admission: Adults $3, Students and SRAC members $2.Doors open at 1pm and admission to the exhibit hall filled with thousands of local Native American artifacts is included in the admission price.