Sunday, July 31, 2011
McEnteer will fill several tables with vintage items and images to be used during the presentation as well to create a "mini museum" for the audience to enjoy before and after the presentation. For this reason, people are asked to consider arriving early to enjoy the exhibits as well.
An admission donation of $6 for adults, $4 for SRAC members and students is requested. Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation. For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org , email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-7960.
(WAVERLY, NY) Archaic stone tools and mobile technology are working hand and hand at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) to help visitors learn more about the people who lived in the Susquehanna and Chemung Valley regions hundreds to thousands of years ago. Quick response codes (commonly referred to as QR codes) have been installed in many areas of the SRAC exhibit hall that will be able to be read on mobile devices that are able to play YouTube videos. A QR Code is a matrix barcode that is readable by QR scanners, mobile devices with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern that are coded to things like telephone numbers and web addresses. The information encoded within the barcodes at SRAC on blue sheets of paper enables visitors the ability to watch videos with cofounders Ted Keir, Dick Cowles, Deb Twigg, and other collectors who have donated collections to SRAC explaining the exhibits where the QR codes have been placed.
SRAC’s Deb Twigg explains, “I have been placing SRAC videos on YouTube.com/SRACenter for years now in order to allow people to learn about our prehistoric past from home. But I decided to put some QR codes linking to these videos into some of our exhibits at the Center to allow visitors to watch them while they are here as well.” Twigg continued, “Ted Keir and Dick Cowles work one day a week at SRAC already, but now visitors will be able to watch these people standing at some of the same cases they are actually standing beside, taking the artifacts out and explaining them any time they visit SRAC. While this will never replace being here with Ted and Dick, it does allow you to see some of their videos and to learn from them when they aren’t able to be here in person. ”
The videos not only discuss the artifacts and how they were used, but some also tell viewers about where they were collected and when. For example, Gloria Dick donated a part of her collection from the Owego area over a year ago, and a video was taped of her discussing it at that time. As a result, there is now a QR code that allows visitors to see Gloria explaining the artifacts in the SRAC/Dick collection. SRAC is making an effort to include each collector’s stories via QR codes and videos for the existing exhibits, and for new ones that are donated in the future.
Twigg stated, “One of the things that we are really proud of at SRAC is that when a visitor comes to see our exhibits, we have tried to make it a very unique and interactive experience. We have great people like Ted Keir and Dick Cowles taking them through the exhibits, we open cases and let them hold artifacts, we have a touch screen video kiosk for our woolly mammoth exhibit, and now we have QR codes and videos placed within some of our exhibits. It really has become an interesting mix of the latest technologies that we have been able to use together with the artifacts illustrating ancient technologies that date back hundreds to thousands of years ago to make everyone’s visit to SRAC a memorable one.”
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. To learn more, visit www.SRACenter.org or call (607)565-7960.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
August 28, 1910 The Telegram (Elmira):
On Old Home Week. Waverly Put A Fine Time For All. An Event Of Big Moment. The Celebration Was A Magnificent One, And Created A Most Profound Regard For The Old Town
By Former Citizens - Brief, But Comprehensive Review Of The Great
Events Of A Great Week. Waverly, N. Y., Aug. 27. -
When the citizens of Waverly start to do anything, they do it right. This week was
unquestionably the most memorable in the history of that village. It
was Old Home Week, and never before did the village see such large
crowds. Never before were the decorations so handsome and never before
did the residents and thousands of visitors enjoy themselves more
thoroughly. To say that the Old Home Week was a success would not be
Whether the visitor arrived in Waverly by the steam railroad, or by
trolley, he was met by members of the reception committee. The members
of this committee wore badges and they were alert for all strangers.
The first sight of the village dazzled the eyes, so profuse and
magnificent were the decorations. Banners, American and foreign flags,
bunting, festoons of red, white and blue were on every building.
Arches of vari-colored electric lights spanned the streets. Many of
the store window decorations could well be taken as a pattern by
stores in the larger cities. The crowds were happy, and the new-comers
caught the spirit. It was contagious.
The Old Home Week officially opened last Sunday with special religious
services in the various churches and at the opera house. The residents
and former residents were thus permitted to hear sermons by former
pastors. Special singing was a feature of all these services.
On Monday the events of the week commenced by a reception which was
held in the opera house. Captain Charles L. Albertson, president of
the Old Home Week celebration, gave an address of welcome. Village
President Tucker responded for the village. There were other prominent
speakers, and an original poem written by Fred Emerson Brooks,
formerly of Waverly, but now of California, was most interesting.
The Baby Parade Was A Pleaser. On Monday afternoon the babies were
paraded and the little go-carts and carriages were decorated in a most
handsome manner. The parade was held in the park near the high school
building. Prizes were awarded to the babies as follows: First division
- First prize, Harriet Adams; second, Dorothy Letts; third, Marion
Cowles; fourth, Baby Hogan; fifth, Eva Sutton. Second division -
First, Richard Van Duzer; second, Clifford Rockwell; third, Lang Hall;
fourth, Arthur Carpenter; fifth, Harold Dewitt. Third division -
First, Florence Loomis; second, Hubert Root; third, James Brooks;
fourth, Eleanor Wright; fifth, Richard Robinson. The judges were: Mrs.
J. C. Van Atta, Mrs. E. W. Eaton, Mrs. Harvey Ingham, Mrs. John
Johnson, Mrs. C. Collins and Mrs. E. C. Brooks.
The first real big day was Tuesday. The parade of floats and
automobiles in the morning was one of the finest that has ever been
seen in this section of the country. The different floats which were
exhibited by the business men was far in advance of the expectations
of the citizens of the village. The first prize for the best decorated
automobile was awarded to Arthur B. Sharpstein. George Fairchild
secured the second prize in the decorated automobile class. David
Caulkins had the best decorated farm rig. Coal Dealer John H. Murray
carried off the prize for the best mule team. Fred Brink, of
Litchfield, took first prize for the best appearing farm team and
wagon. Charles Fields secured the second prize for a farm team and
wagon. Mrs. Frederick Elsbree was awarded the first prize for the best
appearing single rig, driven by a woman. David Caulkins won the $15
prize for the best farm float. The best matched team was driven by
Handsome Floats In The Line. While the business men and manufacturers
had handsome floats, no prizes were offered or awarded in this class.
Among these floats one was worthy of special mention, although all
were of the highest class. John H. Murray exhibited a miniature coal
breaker, which was loaned for the occasion by the Scranton Coal
company. The judges wished to have special mention made of the floats
in the following order: Harry W. Knapp, dry goods; John H. Murray,
coal dealer; F. W. Genung, coal dealer; Tioga Mill and Elevator company.
Following closely upon the industrial parade was the Forepaugh and
Sells Brothers circus parade. It was with great difficulty that this
parade could get through the streets, so great was the crowd. The
parade was good as circus parades usually are. The crowd at the circus
tent in the afternoon was a record breaker for Waverly. It is claimed
that 14,000 tickets were sold. The bringing of the circus to Waverly
was a clever scheme on the part of the executive committee. The circus
was first booked to show at Sayre, Pa. Suddenly and unexpectedly to
many the announcement was made that the circus would show at Waverly.
About this time the enforcement of the Sunday "blue laws" at Sayre was
commenced. Following this was the battle between the officials of the
traction company and those who wished to enforce the law. When the
announcement came that the circus was to show at Waverly many people
in Sayre said that it was on account of the enforcement of the Sunday
laws. Let these people be deceived no more. The reformers, or the
anti-Sunday law people had nothing to do with the change. It was the
old home week executive committee. When they learned that the circus
was booked for Sayre, they immediately began to get busy, and as a
result the circus showed in Waverly. The committee saw that this was
an opportunity not to be missed, and they won out in their efforts. As
a result thousands of people were brought to Waverly.
While it is difficult to estimate the number of people assembled in a
village the size of Waverly, it can be said that there were fully
30,000 people on the streets during Tuesday. After the circus parade
Broad street was literally packed from building to building from Loder
street to Pennsylvania avenue. Wagons, automobiles and street cars
were forced to discontinue running.
On Tuesday the veterans of the civil war held a reunion. Hundreds of
old soldiers from all parts of the country were present. They were
given dinner in the G. A. R. hall by the Women's Relief corps and the
auxiliary to the Son of Veterans.
Tuesday evening Kramm's band played many selections about the streets
of the village and then gave a concert on the midway. The large crowd
was exceptionally orderly, and the police had little bother.
Wednesday Was One For Visiting. While Wednesday was a big day, the
crowd was not so large as on Tuesday. The forenoon was given over to
visiting and renewing old friendships. The merchants did a thriving
business. At 1:30 o'clock the fraternal and civic parade was held. The
fireman appeared at their best, while the different fraternal
societies had handsome floats. The Redeemer Church Cadets were awarded
much well deserved applause. The floats of the Odd Fellows, Eagles and
Hibernians were the best ever exhibited in Waverly.
Immediately after the parade the races were held and resulted as
follows: The nine mile Marathon was the most interesting of the
individual running races. There were nine contestants and they ran
around what is known as the belt line, a distance of three miles,
three times. Thomas Holland, of Athens, Pa., completed first, time -
fifty-five minutes, thirty-two seconds; Charles Capwell, of Sayre,
Pa., second, time - fifty-five minutes and thirty-four seconds; Purie
Capwell, of Sayre, Pa., third, time - fifty-five minutes, thirty-nine
seconds. The three men who completed the race were awarded handsome
silver loving cups.
Good time was made in the one hundred yard dash. Alfred Bird, of
Forkstown, Pa., secured first prize, which was an elegant leather suit
case, time - ten and three-fifths seconds; Earl Kitchen, of Sayre,
Pa., was a close second.
It was impossible to get any fire company to race against the Waverly
Hook and Ladder company in the hook and ladder race. The company gave
an exciting exhibition run, covering two hundred yards in thirty and
one-fifth seconds. They were awarded a handsome $10 rocker.
The hub and hub races were hard fought. The Spaulding Hose company
carried off first honors by covering the distance of two hundred yards
in twenty-six and one-fifth seconds. The Howard Elmer Hose company, of
Sayre, Pa., was second, time - twenty-eight and one-half seconds. The
Cayuta Hose company, of East Waverly, finished last, time - thirty and
ond-fifth seconds. The winning company was awarded a leather
upholstered oak rocker.
All roads then led to historic Spanish Hill. It was a case of walk
over the hill, for it was barely possible to make the climb of several
hundred feet on foot. In the valley on the south side of the hill a
sham battle between Indians, who were represented by the Sayre Red
Men, and General Sullivan's army, represented by the Redeemer Church
Cadets, was fought. Nestled down in a corner of a large field was a
small cabin. A settler's family was living in the cabin and the
children were playing about the yard. An Indian was seen approaching
the cabin and finally when he was near enough to be seen by the
children they ran into the house.
The Battle Was A Thriller. They opened fire upon him, but he was soon
reinforced by other members of his tribe. Before they were able to
surround the house, one of the larger boys escaped and ran for the
pasture lot, where he secured a horse, mounted it and rode away for
assistance. The men were scalped and the women and children were held
prisoners. The Indians then burned the cabin, and while the flames
were mounting high into the air they danced about the fire and chanted
a war song.
Finally the strains of "Yankee Doodle" sounded from the woods nearby
and the army was seen marching towards the burning cabin. The Indians
soon discovered the approaching army and the battle was on. It was
truly realistic. The army had about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, while
the Indians were equally qualified for the fight. General Sullivan
displayed his strategy by flank movement and of the manoeuvers, which
were applauded by the thousands of people assembled on the side and
brow of Spanish Hill. The fighting lasted for nearly one hour, when
the Indians were at last defeated and forced to retreat. The
exhibition was more than pleasing. The entire battle was under the
direction of Editor Frd B. Appleget, of the Waverly Free Press, and
Edward S. Betowski.
On Wednesday evening, J. Alden Loring, of Owego, one of the field
naturalists who accompanied Former President Roosevelt through Africa
on his hunting expedition, gave a most interesting and educational
lecture. Stereopticon views were used to illustrate the talk which
made it all the more interesting.
On Thursday, the day was given to the present and former school children.
The Midway Had Its Sensations. The Midway, which occupied all of
Elizabeth street, between Fulton and Waverly streets, was the center
of attraction for thousands of people. The free exhibitions were
excellent and consisted of Zingerella, who stood on a ball about two
feet in diameter, and rolled this ball about forty feet to the top of
a spiral. Sullivan and Peters, two Waverly boys, gave a clever aerial
trapeze performance. Then there was a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round,
a "wild girl" and numerous side shows. Conspicuous on the Midway were
numberless games or devices for separating the visitor from his money.
Wheels of fortune, mechanical racing horses, prize packages, etc. The
wheels hummed merrily, and the operators raked in the money. The
"cappers" won considerable coin, but the "suckers" left theirs behind.
It was noticed that the penny-in-the-slot cigar machines have been
banished from the stores in Waverly, but the wheels of chance were
allowed to operate on the Midway.
Monday, July 25, 2011
(WAVERLY, NY) Live bears will again perform at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) in downtown Waverly, NY on August 13th and 14th – and they will be joined by clowns, jugglers, dancers, music and food and even a dunking booth. The live bear event is a fundraiser for the Center, and they invited all of the businesses in downtown Waverly to join in the fun this year in order to make it a festival to be enjoyed all weekend long.
SRAC’s Deb Twigg explains, “So far we have 22 different events occurring during the Bears on Broad Street weekend festival. Some of the events include the Railhouse Restaurant hosting a chicken barbeque, Waverly Business Association (WBA) sponsoring a clown and a juggler, the American Legion sponsoring a dunking booth, the Waverly Methodist Church having free food in the evening and music all day on Saturday, and even Waverly historian, Don Merrill giving free tours both days during the event-and that is just the short list of things we are all working on. We also had businesses like The Dandy Mini Mart, Tioga State Bank, Tom Thumb's Daycare and Nursery, The Waverly VFW, Ram's Auto, and Arnold's Excavation, Joe Murrelle Press who sponsored our event and we gave them free tickets to the show of their choice in return.”
The idea to make the bear event into a community festival arose when the Racing FanFare hosted by the Waverly Business Association(WBA) was cancelled. Twigg contacted the WBA and asked them to help SRAC rally interest from the Waverly businesses. In the end, the WBA sent out forms from SRAC asking the local businesses if they wanted to take part in the festivities for the weekend at no cost and in whatever way that they chose. The only thing that was asked of them was to let the WBA know so that they could make an event program for visitors to know what was going on in Waverly that weekend. “The response has been great, and I think the event is going to show just how a community can come together to bring something special to their community. I want to especially thank the WBA for going the extra mile for SRAC this summer.” Twigg added.
The live bear shows by “Rosaire’s Bears” from Sarasota Florida will occur twice each day at 1 and 5 pm. Discounted presale and reserved tickets can be purchased at SRAC during their normal business hours or online at http://www.sracenter.org/Events/bears2011.asp. Currently, front row reserved seats cost $11, general admission seats are $9, seniors, students and SRAC members are $7 and children under 5 get in for free. (All prices except for SRAC members will go up one dollar the day of the event.) SRAC is also hosting a children’s bear coloring contest at the Center with winners getting a free ticket for themselves and a parent.
Twigg continued,”I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a part of a community that is helping SRAC make our fundraiser a significant event this summer. During these hard times when a lot of museums are closing and having troubles keeping their doors open, our community stepped up and rolled up their sleeves. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY. To learn more about the Bears on Broad Street event, visit: http://www.sracenter.org/Events/bears2011.asp, or call the Center at (607)565-7960.
View the 2009 Bears on Broad Street Event picture gallery here:
The long awaited return of "Bears on Broad Street" scheduled for 1pm and 5pm shows on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, 14th 2011 and we are working hard to get the event bigger and better than it was in 2009!
Waverly businesses are jumping in this time around to make this a weekend festival and there will be things going on all around the town complete with tons of food, a hayride, clown, music, dancing, and even a dunking booth! stay tuned for more updates by checking this webpage often: http://www.sracenter.org/Events/bears2011.asp
Showtimesfor the live bear shows are August 13 and 14th and both days have two showings at 1pm and 5pm. (Rain delays may occur but I am assured that the shows will occur rain or shine.) As a result there will be no refunds.
Pre-Sale ticket pricing is as follows (prices go up $1 the day of the event!):
- students (under 18) and seniors (over 60) $7
- general admission $9
- reserved (front section seating) $11 (limited amount available!)
- SRAC members will get the price of $7 for general admission everyday.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Tom McEnteer has been more than just interested in history, he has gotten involved. He has been an active volunteer or trustee of the Tioga County Historical Society for about forty years. During the American Revolutionary War Bicentennial years, he and his wife Sally were active participants in The Brigade of the American Revolution, the nation's largest and most authentic Revolutionary War re-enactment organization. Tom served on the Board of Directors for the group for a number of years. While in that capacity he worked with Bicentennial Committees in several New York and Pennsylvania communities, including Tioga and Chemung Counties where he helped plan events commemorating the anniversaries of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition, highlighted by the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Newtown. Tom and his wife participated in almost every event honoring the American Revolution from 1974 through 1987, especially the events leading up to and involving the Sullivan-Clinton march
An admission donation of $6 for adults, $4 for SRAC members and students is requested. Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation. For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org , email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-7960.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The authentic Iroquois dance troupe began in 1988 and are well known for being very proficient in their traditional Iroquois Social Dances. Many of the dancers in this group have won dance competitions for their particular categories at Pow-Wow's across the country. Respected by Natives and non-Natives alike, the Buffalo Creek Dancers perform at many schools, colleges, festivals, and Pow-Wows throughout the United States and Canada.
SRAC’s co-founder and executive director Deb Twigg stated, “We like to close the DrumBeats Through Time event each year with Native American dancers, and we are lucky to have gotten the very best group, the Buffalo Creek Dancers from the Seneca Nation, because their schedules are filled for most of the year as a result of their popularity. I’m proud to announce that this will be the third time that they will have been a part of our annual celebration of our region’s Native American past. SRAC is committed to bringing the highest quality of performances to our community and having the Buffalo Creek Dancers at our annual free event is a great example of this effort.”
The guest speaker for this year’s DrumBeats event will be Alvin Parker, (known in his native tongue as “Hoyendahonh,”) who is a descendant of Red Jacket and from the Seneca – Heron Clan. Parker is on the Board of Directors for the Old Fort Niagara Association, a published author, active re-enactor, and has been the key note speaker and master of ceremonies at many major Native American historical events around the country. He will present the history of the Seneca Nation as it relates to our region and share insights from the Native American perspective. "Parker is an active historian and scholar, and his level of authority on the Seneca people's history is unmatched in our region," Twigg added.
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and will also be hosting “Bears on Broad Street” August 13th and 14th. To learn more about SRAC and their event schedule, visit www.SRACenter.org or email info@SRAcenter.org.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Link to video: http://youtu.be/ogUsNPjl88I
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information soon - !
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Fox News reports,"Finding a precise date for the head is difficult, but based on pottery found nearby, Powell estimates it was created around A.D. 900. Ebbert Spring has been occupied by humans for about 11,000 years, Powell said. The availability of water at the site attracted deer and they, in turn, attracted human hunters, suggesting the site was used during winter."It would be sort of a wintering type campsite, at least through the months of August and March probably," said Powell, who detailed his finding in the latest issue of the journal Pennsylvanian Archaeologist."
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Plans are coming together for the 2011 Bears on Broad Street at SRAC! Filled with fun for every family, the weekend will be a memory maker for young and old alike!
Make sure to reserve your seats today! Click here to learn more!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
(WAVERLY, NY) Sayre historian and retired teacher, Jim Nobles will be presenting “The History of Sayre,” with hundreds of rare photos at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC)on Tuesday, July 5th from 6:30 – 7:30pm.
The bulk of the program will be a visual presentation showing rare views of Sayre, following the route of the Waverly, Sayre and Athens Traction (Trolley) Company. Along the route there will be photos showing sites one would have seen if riding the trolley, including churches, business section, Howard Elmer Park, hospitals, schools, and the railroad just to name a few with little known stories about many of them. Side trips from the trolley will add views of those areas not adjacent to the trolley line as well. People such as Howard Elmer and Robert Sayre will also be covered during this presentation.
Nobles is a life-long resident of Sayre who has had a longtime interest in the history of our region and has been a member of the Sayre Historical Society for many years. He is also a retired teacher from Sayre High School where he was well known for his creative and visual educational techniques.
A donation of $6 is requested by the general public and $4 from SRAC members for this event which includes admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall filled with thousands of local artifacts.
SRAC is located at 345 Broad St. in Waverly, NY. For more information, please contact SRAC at (607)727-3111 or email info@SRACenter.org.
Friday, July 1, 2011
The visit included a station with SRAC's Ted Keir discussing the woolly mammoths who roamed through our region 12 - 15 thousand years ago, and another with SRAC's Dick Cowles who discussed early trade between the Native Americans and early European settlers. During these stations the children were able to touch actual local artifacts that were used from hundreds to thousands of years ago.
Following the stations, the children won a free prize for taking the popular SRAC children's quiz.
SRAC's executive director, Deb Twigg said, "We want to than Pollie Steele for bringing her kids to SRAC for an afternoon full of education and fun. Sharing our prehistoric past is what SRAC is all about, and we hope that many of our kids in the area get the chance to make a visit to SRAC one of their great things they did this summer."
Twigg also added that SRAC will be hosting Tom Knight, a famous puppeteer who will perform at SRAC Saturday, July 2nd at 2pm. This event is free to attend and is a part of the Valley Kids Day free events presented in conjunction with the Sayre and Waverly libraries.
picture caption: Tom Thumb's Pollie Steele looks on while Dick Cowles explains local artifacts found in our region.
Be sure to watch the airing this Monday night during the WBNGTV's (6pm) Action News program!