Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Faces of the Past" - by Deb Twigg March 5th

(WAVERLY, NY) "Faces from Our Past" will be presented at The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC),  345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY  from 6:30 - 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 5th . Local historian and Executive Director of SRAC, Deb Twigg will be presenting new research concerning  the origin of Pennsylvania’s Susquehannock culture based on her research that is currently being published in the national magazine, Ancient American.

Look into sculpted pottery faces created by ancient hands nearly 600 years ago and wonder: Were the people buried in the Athens site referred to by archaeologists as the Murray Garden actually a former chief and his followers that had fled from their overthrown “kingdom” almost three thousand miles away? Did the Susquehannock culture develop from the mingling of this collapsed Mississippian culture and our local prehistoric peoples? Join us as the author of the recent SRAC Journal and Ancient American article on this topic, shares the findings that convinced professionals that this information warrants further inquiry into our locality and the role it played in the origin of the Susquehannock people.

A general admission donation of $6 for adults and $4 for SRAC members is requested.  Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation.  (Free admission for all students every day at SRAC.)For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org, email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-7960.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vandals damage archaeological dig in northeast Pa.

DURYEA, Pa.—Officials are asking for the public's help in identifying the vandals who ransacked an archaeology dig in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/WRIa0n) reports that the damage to the Conrail Research Site in Duryea (DER'-ee-ay) upends three decades of work.

Professional and amateur archaeologists have been digging at the site since the early 1990s. They have unearthed knives, tools and pottery, some of which date back thousands of years.

Sometime Sunday or Monday, vandals trampled the excavation area, damaged equipment and ruined a protective tarp.

Al Pesotine, a member of the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology, says it will take months to repair the destruction. But he says it will be worth the effort.

The site overlooks the confluence of the Lackawanna and Susquehanna rivers.






Monday, February 18, 2013

Waverly Community Chest Funds New Seats in SRAC Lecture Hall

Visitors to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center's upcoming events will have a more pleasant experience thanks to the Waverly Community Chest. The Waverly foundation recently donated $1,250 dollars to SRAC in order for them to purchase 60 new heavy duty folding chairs which replaces the 40 year old chairs that were donated to the Center when they first opened their doors.

SRAC hosts historical presentations and other events every month in their lecture hall with the next event being presented by their Executive Director Deb Twigg on March 5th who commented, "Our lecture hall used to be filled with squeaking chairs that were old and hard to move, and now we have comfortable seating for our visitors thanks to the wonderful support of The Waverly Community Chest. We are blessed to live in a community that supports it's nonprofits like this."

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY and is dedicated to the education and preservation of the region's Native American archaeological and historical heritage of the region. Their monthly presentations cover a wide array of local historical and archaeological topics. To learn more about upcoming events at SRAC, visit www.SRACenter.org/events.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tuesday March 5th 6:30 - 7:30 - "Faces From Our Past"

(WAVERLY, NY) "Faces from Our Past" will be presented at The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC),  345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY  from 6:30 - 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 5th . Local historian and Executive Director of SRAC, Deb Twigg will be presenting new research concerning  the origin of Pennsylvania’s Susquehannock culture based on her research that is currently being published in the national magazine, Ancient American.

Look into sculpted pottery faces created by ancient hands nearly 600 years ago and wonder: Were the people buried in the Athens site referred to by archaeologists as the Murray Garden actually a former chief and his followers that had fled from their overthrown “kingdom” almost three thousand miles away? Did the Susquehannock culture develop from the mingling of this collapsed Mississippian culture and our local prehistoric peoples? Join us as the author of the recent SRAC Journal and Ancient American article on this topic, shares the findings that convinced professionals that this information warrants further inquiry into our locality and the role it played in the origin of the Susquehannock people.

A general admission donation of $6 for adults and $4 for SRAC members is requested.  Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation.  (Free admission for all students every day at SRAC.)For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org, email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-7960.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The 2013 SRAC Annual Giving Campaign is Underway!

Please consider giving what you can to the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center in 2013 – Our survival depends on you.

Ways to Give:
- Monetary Gifts
- Employer Matching Gifts
-  Items for Resale*

*SRAC is having an auction fundraiser this summer! Donate items anytime!

Mail donations to:

SRAC Giving Campaign
PO Box 12 Sayre, Pa 18840

or 

Click here to Donate Today!

Thank you for whatever you can do!

SRAC is a 501c3 and donations to our organization are tax deductible. Need more answers? Please contact Deb Twigg, Executive Director and Co-Founder of SRAC at 607-727-3111

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fuddy Duddys Coming to SRAC!

I am very excited to announce that Fuddy Duddy's  is adding onto SRAC's gift shop with a grand opening on Friday March 1st at 1pm and will have a major portion of our store dedicated to their incredible gourmet candies just in time for Easter!


For those of you that aren't aware - Fuddy Duddy's is a premier gourmet candy store with everything from candy apples & jelly bellies to gourmet truffles and fudge.  Fuddy Duddy's has been serving it's customers for over 15 years and has a loyal following. . .People drive to Owego to get their goodies - but now have a place in the Valley too! When you come through our door you will be greeted with the smell of freshly made goodies and are immediately introduced to sample, second to none,  rich, creamy, homemade, fudge.

We love kids and they are bound to love a huge array of Jelly Belly's and selection of penny candy, and even specially made dinosaur and ice age themed candies made just for SRAC.  Stop in SRAC at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY on March 1st and experience a one of a kind fudge that will haivng you coming back for more!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

NYS Museum and SRAC Team Up - Again!

The NYS Museum Research & Collections Department and SRAC have had a close relationship for years. From about five years ago when Ted, Susan and I went there and recorded all of their Native American artifacts from our area to them doing several presentations at SRAC over the years, and even allowing me to go through all of their collections last year in my latest research on the faces that I will present about March 5th, we are all on a first name basis and very good friends.

So when I called Ralph Rataul a few weeks ago about a huge collection that was donated by member Ron Arnold, he was happy to come down and help us go through it and figure out a plan of how to start the cataloging process. Thanks to Ralph and Merideth Young for driving down form Albany and spending the day with us!

Here are some pictures I took:








Friday, February 1, 2013

Jewelry Class at SRAC Feb. 9th


Have you ever wished that you could find that one necklace or bracelet that would go with that special sweater or outfit that you like to wear? Have you ever wanted a special necklace that could show off a family heirloom or pendant? Have you ever just wanted to find a necklace made of that special gemstone or color scheme that you like so much? Many jewelers are adding custom jewelry making to their services to fill this need, but SRAC is offering the opportunity for people to create their own beaded jewelry at a fraction of the cost and with high quality gemstones! On the Second Saturday of each month, Ellen Sisco holds classes at SRAC in basic and intermediate beading. Supplies include beads and all accessories to complete a necklace or bracelet. Hundreds of precious stones, clips, glass beads and polished glass chips are among the variety of items that the attendees will be able to choose from.

You can also call SRAC and request specific colors and/or gemstones that you want to make your jewelry with! Ellen will facilitate your needs and help you make the perfect piece of jewelry for yourself or for a gift for someone else. Fees for this two hour beading class is $25. RSVP's are greatly appreciated by calling the Center at (607)565-7960 or by emailing info@SRAcenter.org.