Sunday, September 22, 2013

SRAC Receives VanWinkle Collection

Ruth VanWinkle’s family sits with members of SRAC looking over the collection that was recently donated
(WAVERLY, NY)The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) reports that they have received a private collection of Native American artifacts that were collected decades ago in Lounsberry, NY.  Collector Ruth VanWinkle spent many days walking the fields of Lounsberry and was always fascinated by the Native American life. When Ruth entered a nursing home in her later years, the family again came across her collection and decided that they wanted it to be preserved in her name in a place where the public could enjoy it, and made a call to SRAC.  

The collection includes a rare rhyolite blade, 3 celts, several prehistoric arrowheads, and a unique pendant that is clearly drilled. Impressively, most of the artifacts date to at least 5,000 years in age. 

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center is dedicated to preserving the local Native American artifact collections under one roof to be used for public education and continuing research. Currently, the Center houses over 60 local collections from sites located from Binghamton to Corning NY and down through Bradford County, all with the collectors names and pictures with many artifacts. VanWinkle’s niece, Karen Gunther commented, “”Having Ruth’s collection available for others to enjoy at SRAC is an honor for us.” 

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY. To learn more, visit

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