Tuesday March 2nd, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm - History's Mysteries "Ghosts, spirits and other paranormal activity at Gettysburg" by John Trice and Pat Karas at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
SRAC presents a night for all of the history buffs who enjoy the recent surge in Ghost Hunting. Those present will examine photographs of orbs, ectoplasm and paranormal smoke on the battlefield, Sachs Bridge and the Daniel Lady Farm. John and Pat will also discuss and demonstrate the art of dowsing rods along with cadaver dogs that have been employed to locate Civil War soldiers buried on private land outside the battlefield park.Join us for a night filled with educational information, fun and the paranormal!
John Trice is the former D.A for Chemung County, current Appellate Counsel for New York State Supreme Court and Elmira College Instructor of Criminal Law.
Pat Karas trains cadaver dogs which are used to discover remains in arson investigations. Her dogs were used in a Pennsylvania Research Project to locate Civil War Soldiers buried on private lands outside the battlefield park. She is the owner of the Heritage k-9 Search and Rescue located in Van Etten, NY.
The doors will open at 6pm, with the program running from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 for SRAC members and students. The public is advised that the SRAC gift shop and exhibit hall will also be open during this time as well and to please consider arriving early to browse these areas before the program. For more information, call 570-565-7960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ___________________________________________________________
Saturday, March 13th from 2-3pm LIVE ANIMAL SHOW - Animals on Our River System, by Tanglewood Nature Center at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
Tanglewood Nature Center returns to SRAC with a live animal show - this time bringing live reptiles, birds and mammals that live along and from our river system and it's resources such as hawks, owls, turtles, and many more! These events are educational and entertaining for all ages!
The doors will open at 1pm, with the program running from 2 – 3pm. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 for SRAC members and students, kids under ten, $3. **Is your family having a budget crunch? Call us and we will work something out for your kids to be able to attend! The public is advised that the SRAC gift shop and exhibit hall will also be open during this time as well and to please consider arriving early to browse these areas before the program. For more information, call 570-565-7960 or email email@example.com. ____________________________________________________________________
Tuesday, April 6th from 6:30 - 7:30pm, History's Mysteries Stories from the Natural World, by Ed Nizalowski, Newark Valley Historical Society at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
The Southern Tier prior to the Revolutionary War was the realm of Native Americans who took the bounty of the land, soil and forest in ways that had been developed and sustained for centuries. Although native tribes had altered the environment to suit special needs, the white settlers who streamed in after the Revolution entered a cornucopia of animal life and plant life all sustained by a forest that offered some of the finest building material in the world.
Nizalowski will present how the past 200+ years the transformation that has taken place in the natural world of the Southern Tier has been remarkable to say the least. Those interested in wildlife can read the first reports of animals making their reappearance in Tioga County including the white tail deer, beaver, bear, coyote and bald eagle. Three possible sightings of the eastern mountain lion are sure to be intriguing. Forest history includes accounts of the chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, wide spread tree plantings in the first quarter of the century and the development of state forests in the 1930's. Ed has been involved with the Newark Valley Historical Society for over 30 years and has developed a special interest in ethnic, immigrant and minority groups along with both agricultural and environmental history.
Doors open at 6pm. Admission is $5 for adults , $4 for SRAC members and students. Admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall Filled with thousands of local artifacts is included in the admission price. Call the Center at 607-565-7960 for more information. ____________________________________________________________________
Saturday, April 10th, & 17th from 1-3pm Two Part Photography Class - With Ed and Gail Cordes/ Nature's Vision Photography at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
First Class is 2 hours of Power Point led class, where attendees are asked to bring their cameras and enjoy hands on instruction in use of their own cameras. (Please bring your cameras and camera instruction booklet!) CAMERAS MUST BE ABLE TO ADJUST APERTURE AND SHUTTER SPEEDS. Attendees will then go home and make images during the week to be reviewed the following Saturday. The time during the workshop is very flexible. If the attendees have a lot of questions or desire more time this is OK. The instructor encourages questions and hands on learning.
Second Class is 2 hours, with a critique of images and instruction in uploading, basic image processing and image library management along with basic printing concepts. The time during the workshop is very flexible. If the attendees have a lot of questions or desire more time this is OK. The Instructor encourages questions and hands on learning.
Instructor: Ed and Gail Cordes/ Nature's Vision Photography: http://www.ecordesphotography.com
Fees are $22 per person for each class, payment due the day of the class. RSVP appreciated. To enroll, email info@SRACenter.org or call SRAC - 607-565-7960, (leave your contact info after business hours.)
Tuesday, May 4th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Histories Mysteries - Archaeology, Tourism, and Intrigue at the Levanna Site, Cayuga County, NY Jack Rossen, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College, at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
This talk discusses how perceptions and interpretations of the Levanna site have changed throughout the history of investigations at the site. The site was discovered in 1922 and excavated from 1932-1947 and 2007-2009. The site was also an elaborate tourist attraction from 1933-1940. Analysis of the collections recovered over three recent field seasons is underway. Preliminary statements may be made on interpretive changes of the site, including how the site is culturally assigned (Algonkian, Owasco, Cayuga), the type of domestic architecture (small circular versus proto-longhouse), whether the site was palisaded, and the nature of regional ceramic typologies and the famous stone animal effigies. There are also important implications for how archaeologists conducted their business in the 1930s and 1940s and how Native American-archaeologist relationships are changing in the 21st century. There are some features of this site that have been compared to those found at Spanish Hill in South Waverly, PA and is a MUST for those seeking more information about this site as well.
Jack Rossen is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Ithaca College. He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky (1991). He has conducted archaeological research in Peru, Chile, and Argentina, and has also analyzed archaeobotanical materials from throughout South America, the Ohio Valley and the northeastern U.S. His work on collaborative archaeological and community projects with the Cayuga and Onondaga in what is now central New York began in 1999.
Admission is $5 per adult, $4 for SRAC members and students. Admission includes entrance to the SRAC exhibit hall.
Doors open at 6pm. Admission is $5 for adults , $4 for SRAC members and students. Admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall Filled with thousands of local artifacts is included in the admission price. Call the Center at 607-565-7960 for more information.
Saturday May 15th, Flourescent Rocks with Bob McGuire 2 -3pm, Fun With Flourescent Rocks for Kids, 4-5pm, Flourescent Rocks, An Unusual Creation of Mother Nature at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
An informative look at some unusual creations of Mother Nature.
You will see some really unattractive rocks transform into a rainbow of lovely colors simply by turning off the lights and exposing them to Ultra Violet illumination. See also some of the uses of this phenomena in today’s world.
The 2- 3pm show is geared toward kids, while the 4-5pm showing will include slides of the now closed zinc mines in Franklin, New Jersey and one of the past digs there.
The doors will open at 1pm. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 for SRAC members and students, kids under ten, $3 for each presentation.
**Is your family having a budget crunch? Call us and we will work something out for your kids to be able to attend!
Admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall Filled with thousands of local artifacts is included in the admission price. Call the Center at 607-565-7960 for more information.
The Spanish Hill presentation was last night and it was a huge success! We had eighty-some in attendance and many stayed, chatted, & spent alot of time in the exhibit hall afterwards.
It never ceases to amaze me why people are so drawn to Spanish Hill and all of the questions that it makes them ask about it. (like me!) Last night I tried my best to share what I could and answer those questions, and from the initial feedback, I think the presentation (even though it was longer than usual) was well received and appreciated. In the end, I have to believe that there was not a soul who attended that didn't get an "AHA!" moment at some point given all of the new information that I shared with them last night.
I want to thank the people who attended and came out on a cold dark evening to support SRAC and to learn about Spanish Hill. I have no doubt that any of those who attended last night are now more up-to-date and more qualified to share their knowledge on the topic than many who still rely on old and incorrect information written over several decades ago.
Let's face it....it's OUR HISTORY. And if we do not continue to learn and educate each other - we are not doing our part as stewards of it.
THANK YOU ! Last night made me proud to do my part and to be a part of this great community that truly does care about their history and the preservation of it.