Monday, October 24, 2011

Large Trade Pipe Collection Donated to SRAC

(WAVERLY, NY) Fifty three trade pipes have been donated to the collection on display at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) located in Waverly, NY by Richard Jackson of Vestal, NY. The pipes will be used to tell the history of early Native American trade as well as the use of tobacco. Tobacco smoking and clay pipes were introduced to Europeans by the Native Americans of South and North America.  By the 17th and 18th centuries mass produced European and American clay pipes became a trade item and were bartered back to Native American tribes. The pipes that were donated by Jackson represent many different styles of pipes that were traded by the Europeans over hundreds of years.

SRAC’s cofounder and executive director, Deb Twigg commented, “Dick has been involved with SRAC and the New York State Tri- Cities Chapter of Archaeology for many years. In his later years his health has kept him from being as active as he would like, but he still tries to attend several events per year at SRAC. We are so proud to exhibit his collection as a part of the ever growing SRAC collection that now is comprised of 17 local collections. His collection will always be identified in his name, as we always recognize the family that has donated the artifacts in our Exhibit Hall with their name and photos and sometimes even a video of them describing the artifacts. The Jackson/SRAC Collection began last year and it continues to grow as he adds more items as he chooses.”

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and the new collection can be viewed during normal business hours.

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