Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scientists reveal a first in Ice Age art

IMAGE: This fragmented fossil bone found in Vero Beach, Fla. is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean in the Americas. The engraving, approximately 13,000 years old, is 3 inches long from the top of the head to the tip of the tail, and 1.75 inches tall from the top of... Click here for more information.

Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a bone fragment, approximately 13,000 years old, in Florida with an incised image of a mammoth or mastodon. This engraving is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Americas. The team's research is published online in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

The bone was discovered in Vero Beach, Fla. by James Kennedy, an avocational fossil hunter, who collected the bone and later while cleaning the bone, discovered the engraving. Recognizing its potential importance, Kennedy contacted scientists at the University of Florida and the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute and National Museum of Natural History.

"This is an incredibly exciting discovery," said Dennis Stanford, anthropologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and co-author of this research. "There are hundreds of depictions of proboscideans on cave walls and carved into bones in Europe, but none from America—until now." (Public Release: 21-Jun-2011, Journal of Archaeological Science)

Read full article here: Scientists reveal a first in Ice Age art

"History of Sayre" July 5th

(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.


BEARS on Broad Street Resource Page

I have created a webpage that will continuously be updated concerning everything going on with the Bears on Broad Street event - so please bookmark the following link and visit it often to get the latest news and plans and special offers!

Friday, June 17, 2011

SRAC's Deb Twigg will join other authors at Strawberry Festival Book Signing


The Tioga County Historical Society Museum, at 110 Front Street Owego NY, has announced that it will play host to the authors of local history books on the afternoon of Owego’s Strawberry Festival, June 18th, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The general public is invited to come in, visit with the authors, get books signed, ask questions, share your memories, old photos and stories, and see the exhibits of local treasures currently on display at the museum.

Practically every author who has produced a book related to Tioga County history in the most recent few years will be present:

Carol Henry, who recently finished her book on the Town of Candor, for their bicentennial will have copies available. Carol has written several books on Candor’s history, and has plans for more.

Berkshire historians Ray Hunt, and Maurice Stoughton will have copies of their first book on Northern Tioga history and will be accepting advance orders for their next book, which will be published this summer.

Authors of the History of Tioga County Schools, Joan Hunt, Linda Williams, and Ray Hunt will be on hand, with copies of their recent book, and looking for more information and different pictures for a second volume on local schools.

R.W. White, who has written several historical novels, as well as a biography of Tioga County’s first historian, early lawyer Charles P. Avery, will be on hand to greet visitors and share stories.

Deb Twigg, Director of The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center in Waverly, will be bringing copies of her book on Spanish Hill and Carantouan. This will be the first time Ms. Twigg will be signing her books in Owego.

Emma Sedore, Tioga County and Town of Owego Historian will discuss local history and sign copies of her recent book on the Town of Owego, or her earlier book on Hiawatha Island.

This will be the largest gathering of local authors in one place and the best opportunity to collect autographs ever held at the museum. As always, there will be a number of special exhibits and other events at the museum for the Strawberry Festival. Please call us at 607-687-2460 or visit our website at www.tiogahistory.org for more information. The Tioga County Historical Society is at 110 Front Street, Owego and is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Bears On Broad Street - An UPDATE

Things are really shaping up for this year's Bears on Broad Street program! Here are some quick updates!

  • The billboard should be up on I-86 (Rte 17) coming east and on the left just before exit 60 any day!
  • Bear Shows are scheduled for 1 and 5pm both Saturday - August the 13th and Sunday the 14th - reserved front row seating is going fast!
  • The Railhouse Restaurant will be having a Chicken Barbeque and a vendor trailer for refreshments on the street both days!
  • The WBA and Palmer House will be hosting "Talons" a live bird of prey show on Saturday!
  • The Methodist Church will be hosting music and two different meals all day Saturday!
  • There will be mini concerts in the green space across the street from the Railhouse Restaurant!
  • Don Merrill will be doing tours at his museum once Saturday and once Sunday!
  • The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking to do something up on the Valley Bowling Center lawn so stay tuned!
  • Elderwood is planning a bazaar or bake sale!
  • There are also other businesses on Broad Street that will be doing special sales and events at their locations
  • WBA will be creating a program for the weekend for everyone to be know what is being held and where throughout the weekend!
  • Red Tail Mulch/ Jim Kier and Jodi Keir Walters will be driving a hayride tractor and wagon from stop to stop all weekend long!
We are also looking for help to get a clown car and family with balloons, magic, face painting and so much more for both days so send a few bucks to us if you want to support that ! (It is tax deductable of course!)

STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES EACH WEEK!



Showtimes 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 students (under 18) and seniors (over 60) $7, general admission $9, and reserved (front section seating) $11. SRAC members get $7 pricing for general admissio0n everyday!

To get these tickets, you can either stop in SRAC, call us at (607)565-7960, or mail a check with your date and time choices and types of tickets you want to SRAC, PO Box 12, Sayre, PA. (Sorry - we will not be able to take reservations without payment.) PLEASE INCLUDE PHONE # IN CASE WE HAVE QUESTIONS!

You can also use the form below to order your tickets online: (choose the type(s) and dates and then you will go to the checkout to choose number of tickets)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thank YOU!

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Thank YOU Robin - for allowing us to do what we love for the kids !

Monday, June 13, 2011

SRAC Donates Artifacts to Wyalusing Museum

(WAVERLY, NY)The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center’s Ted Keir has been the leading avocational archaeologist for Bradford County for well over 50 years. In fact, Keir was part of an important excavation lead by King’s College Archaeology department in 1972. The excavation was of the site of Friedenshutten, a Moravian Missionary/Indian Village near Wyalusing, PA that was founded in 1763 by the famous Moravian missionary, David Zeisberger. Reports show that by 1766 it consisted of 29 log houses, 13 wigwams, and 7 stables. The village also had a church with a steeple and bell, and a wing made into a schoolhouse. But as a result of the ongoing unrest between the settlers and the Native Americans at the time, Friedenshutten was abandoned in 1772.

By the mid 1970’s the Archaeology department at King’s College was phased out, and the artifacts left at the college from Friedenshutten were given to Ted Keir to display in his own private museum, and to be a part of his many educational programs in Bradford County. These artifacts again changed hands in 2005 when Keir donated all of his collections, to include the Friedenshutten artifacts, to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) in Waverly, NY.

In a full circle of events, many of the Friedenshutten artifacts recently ended up back in Wyalusing, PA, where they were excavated nearly 40 years ago. SRAC’s Deb Twigg explained, “SRAC has had members of other museums on their board since our inception. For instance, Mark Madill, a long time board member of the Wyalusing Museum has been on our own board for several years now. As a result, Mark has kept us abreast of all that the Wyalusing Valley Museum Association has been able to accomplish as they moved from the cellar of the local library to their own location, the “Bixby House” where they are working diligently to expand their museum and exhibits. Because we have such a large amount of artifacts from Friedenshutten, and Ted Keir was 100% in support of the idea, we decided to go ahead and donate a large amount of the artifacts back to the area where they originated, thereby assisting the Wyalusing Museum to display evidence of this part of their early history.” Wyalusing’s Mark Madill added, “This will be a great addition to Wyalusing Museum’s Native American exhibit. Before this we only had a couple of gun flints from the Friedenshutten site to display.”

Madill went on to explain that the Wyalusing Museum also loaned a display of artifacts found locally and in southeastern Pennsylvania to be exhibited at SRAC. Twigg continued, “The Wyalusing display at SRAC includes many jasper and quartz points that are quite rare. By having each museum exhibit collections from the other, we enhance each other’s collections and the relationships between our organizations. We also are letting people know where to find more great exhibits concerning our region’s Native American past. It’s a good thing for everyone, and I hope that we can work with other museums like this in the future.”

Picture Caption: SRAC’s Ted Keir (left) and Wyalusing Museum’s Mark Madill stand behind a portion of Native American artifacts that were shared between their organizations recently.

Friday, June 10, 2011

BEAR SIGHTING ON I-86!

With the support of the Waverly Business Association SRAC will have the billboard shown above on I-86 in the coming weeks before the Bears on Broad Street event. (To learn more about the event and tickets, click here.)

I love this billboard for alot of reasons - including the fact that it was designed by my nephew Erik Franklin!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Valley Kids Day: Tom Knight, Puppeteer at SRAC July 2nd

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) will be hosting the one of a three part “Valley Kids Day” series in conjunction with the Sayre and Waverly Libraries. The ever popular “Tom Knight’s Puppet Show” will appear at SRAC at 345 Broad Street in Waverly on Saturday, July 2nd from 2 - 3pm. The event is free for the public to attend.

Tom Knight has been writing and performing for kids from prekindergarten to 4th grade since 1988. Based in Ithaca, New York, Tom brings his portable stage and hand-made puppets to schools, libraries, theaters and festivals all throughout the Northeast. The show is a vibrant collection of original songs and skits, each 3-5 minutes long, with variety enough to keep even the very youngest children waiting to see what will happen next. While Tom sings to pre-recorded music tracks, puppets like Henry the Magician, the Little Elephant, Andy the Recycling Guy, and Allie the Alligator act out the stories of the songs. Besides the visual appeal, almost every segment has a part for the audience, including hand motions, singing along, or doing simple dance steps. Some of Tom s favorite themes are animals, food, environmental science, and the importance of reading. With catchy melodies and playful lyrics, Knight songs are easy to remember, fun to sing, and often educational. His songs can be heard on his CDs, including When I Grow Up, Don t Kiss a Codfish, Easy as Pie, The Library Boogie, and his latest: The Classroom Boogie!

SRAC’s Deb Twigg commented, “We are proud to offer this free event as a part of the “Valley Kids Day” series along with the Sayre and Waverly Libraries. Each of us will hold one free children’s event for our community this year as a part of this new series - so stay tuned for the great events to be held at the Sayre and Waverly locations as well this summer.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Picturesque View Of Waverly and the Vicinity - 1904

Take a step back in time with this wonderful booklet from years gone by:




Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Hiawatha Island"- Tues., June 7th.


REMINDER!

Hiawatha Island,
by Tioga County Historian, Emma Sedore

THIS TUESDAY, June 7th, from 6:30 - 7:30pm
at SRAC, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

BEARS ON BROAD STREET MOVIE!

Many of you might not know that Bears on Broad Street stars and the whole Rosaire family have starred in a full length movie that won many awards to include one at the Sundance Film Festival.

Here is the movie trailer for the film (below) that we have been given the approval to give a very exclusive screening to be held at SRAC on the days of the bears shows.

video

How can you attend this full length film screening? Stay tuned!


The full movie is an hour and a half long and there will be limited seating for this one time showings. The Rosaires will be on hand after the movie to answer questions and to raffle off one movie poster for this heartwarming and inspiring movie.

How can you attend this full length film screening? Stay tuned!

Click here to learn more about the movie!

Get your tickets to the LIVE Bears on Broad Street event today! Seating is first come first serve and there are only so many tickets per show available. A new ticket variable is front area (reserved seating) tickets. Obviously, there is a limited amount of these per show - so if this is of interest - act fast.

Showtimes 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 students (under 18) and seniors (over 60) $7, general admission $9, and reserved (front section seating) $10. To get these tickets, you can either stop in SRAC, mail a check with your date and time choices and types of tickets you want to SRAC, PO Box 12, Sayre, PA by Friday, May 27th. (Sorry - we will not be able to take reservations without payment.) PLEASE INCLUDE PHONE # IN CASE WE HAVE QUESTIONS!

You can also use the form below to order your tickets online: (choose the type(s) and dates and then you will go to the checkout to choose number of tickets)



Choose Type of Presale Tickets
Choose which Bear Show (Date and Time)