Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class this Saturday - December 13th

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, November 8th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

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.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jewelry Class This Saturday November 8th!

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, November 8th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

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.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jim Nobles Presents: Sayre's Ponds Tuesday, November 4th

Caption – Round Pond was located along Hayden Street in Sayre as part of the recreation complex of Coleman Field   At one time a water fountain was placed in the center of the pond with water spraying to its edges.  Playground equipment surrounded the pond.
“Sayre’s Ponds – Past and Present” will be a presentation about the various ponds found throughout Sayre at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY from 6:30 - 7:30 on Tuesday, November 4th.  The ponds, having been part of the community’s landscape since before its founding, have had an interesting history.

Sayre historian Jim Nobles will present the program.  He is a life-long resident of the Valley and has a longtime interest in local history and especially the history of Sayre.  In preparing the program, Jim made use of the writings of long-time local newsman Paul Seibel, the edited memories of Ruth Tozer Bixby of the Sayre High School science department, Elizabeth Wilcox’s book, Sayre and Early Valley History, and his own collection of photographs.

Only Island Pond and Packer Pond, of all of Sayre’s ponds, located on opposite sides of West Lockhart Street, remain today.  Island Pond and surrounding area has become an attractive park after many years of neglect.  On the other side of the street, Packer Pond has been reduced in size significantly over the years between efforts at filling it in and claiming portions of it for parking at the medical facility.  Both ponds have been part of Sayre’s landscape throughout the borough’s history.

But Sayre had four additional ponds.  All have disappeared from the scene and are now fading from memory, although at one time they were well-known features of the town. Jim's presentation will tell the story of these ponds and show rare pictures of each as he takes us all down memory lane, Sayre, PA.

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Caption – Round Pond was located along Hayden Street in Sayre as part of the recreation complex of Coleman Field   At one time a water fountain was placed in the center of the pond with water spraying to its edges.  Playground equipment surrounded the pond.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wennawoods Publishing Donates 3rd print of EVERY BOOK they have published to SRAC

Ron Wenning looks at one of the several books donated.
Ron Wenning holds up one of the many maps donated
As many of you know, Ron and Kris Wenning have been supporters of SRAC for many years. Every year they donate many books for us to sell in our gift shop to raise funds, and they have genuinely been good friends and supporters since we started out over a decade ago...

Wennawoods Publishing specializes in rare and original books focused on the 17th and 18th century Eastern American frontier history.Visit their website here: http://wennawoods.com/cgi-bin/listpage.cgi?store=books

Since we have begun cataloging and stocking our Research Library over the past year, Ron and Kris have been in contact with me about their wish to donate 1 of every book they have ever published, and in fact - the THIRD printed book for each title - (their two kids got 1 and 2!) PLUS they donated EVERY MAP they ever printed as well. ALL of these are such a great addition to our Research Library! I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us over the years!




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Commemorative Keychains

For any members that attended the annual luncheon this past Saturday before Drumbeats - the commemorative key chains have arrived (AND ARE AWESOME!)! Extras will be on sale in the gift shop for $3.99!Thanks again to all that attended!


Monday, October 27, 2014

“Sayre’s Ponds – Past and Present” By Jim Nobles Tuesday, November 4th

Caption – Round Pond was located along Hayden Street in Sayre as part of the recreation complex of Coleman Field   At one time a water fountain was placed in the center of the pond with water spraying to its edges.  Playground equipment surrounded the pond.
“Sayre’s Ponds – Past and Present” will be a presentation about the various ponds found throughout Sayre at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center, (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY from 6:30 - 7:30 on Tuesday, November 4th.  The ponds, having been part of the community’s landscape since before its founding, have had an interesting history.

Sayre historian Jim Nobles will present the program.  He is a life-long resident of the Valley and has a longtime interest in local history and especially the history of Sayre.  In preparing the program, Jim made use of the writings of long-time local newsman Paul Seibel, the edited memories of Ruth Tozer Bixby of the Sayre High School science department, Elizabeth Wilcox’s book, Sayre and Early Valley History, and his own collection of photographs.

Only Island Pond and Packer Pond, of all of Sayre’s ponds, located on opposite sides of West Lockhart Street, remain today.  Island Pond and surrounding area has become an attractive park after many years of neglect.  On the other side of the street, Packer Pond has been reduced in size significantly over the years between efforts at filling it in and claiming portions of it for parking at the medical facility.  Both ponds have been part of Sayre’s landscape throughout the borough’s history.

But Sayre had four additional ponds.  All have disappeared from the scene and are now fading from memory, although at one time they were well-known features of the town. Jim's presentation will tell the story of these ponds and show rare pictures of each as he takes us all down memory lane, Sayre, PA.

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Caption – Round Pond was located along Hayden Street in Sayre as part of the recreation complex of Coleman Field   At one time a water fountain was placed in the center of the pond with water spraying to its edges.  Playground equipment surrounded the pond.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DrumBeats 2014 Key Chain

We are gearing up for the 11th annual DrumBeats Through Time at SRAC this Saturday October 25th. What a great event that is totally FREE to attend and is our way of thanking everyone who supports us throughout the year while celebrating our mission. This year we have our annual exclusive SRAC membership meeting from 11-12:30 which will include a surprise birthday party for Ted Keir who turns 90! (not a member ? join today!)

This commemorative key ring will be given to all attendees to the SRAC Membership Luncheon!

Then at 1pm the doors open to the public. Dr. Deeanne Wymer will start things off with start things off at 1pm with a presentation about the latest excavation she has been working on in Ohio, "The Snake Den Group” a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that has some strange and groundbreaking discoveries that may give us new insights about the Hopewell culture - AND this site also may help us to understand a well-known site in South Waverly, called Spanish Hill! After Dee's presentation, the Seneca Buffalo Creek Dancers take over with a presentation on Iroquois traditions and then their dancing begins! PLUS the SRAC Exhibit Hall is open for tours all day long as well!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience SRAC and our Native American past in this unique local museum that is recognized regionally for being the largest of it's kind and is in your own back yard!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Drumbeats 2014 - Saturday October 25th!

The eleventh annual SRAC Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. If you are an SRAC member and plan to attend this event - please RSVP by calling 607-565-7960. We are getting commemorative gifts for all attendees so we would appreciate it. 

The event start off with an exclusive SRAC Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm and members are reminded to make sure to call the Center at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting in order to receive your special 2014 commemorative gift and other great prizes! SRAC Co-Founder, local historian, avocational archaeologist and rock and mineral specialist Ted Keir will also be celebrating his 90th birthday at this event as well.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate to the Ted Keir Fund which will be used to support Native American artifact collection preservation and exhibitions at SRAC, Just click here - you can use your PayPal account or any major credit card and is tax deductible.

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.The highlighted speaker will be SRAC's professional advisor, Dr.DeeAnne Wymer from Bloomsburg University who will be presenting “The Snake Den Group” a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that her team has been excavating in Ohio  that has many resemblances a well-known  site in South Waverly, called Spanish Hill.

Seneca Native American representative/ cultural speaker Richard Kane will be the second speaker at the event and will sharing Native American cultural and historical information while exhibiting many items for the audience to enjoy.

As it has become SRAC”s annual  tradition the event will close singing and dances by the authentic Native American " Seneca Buffalo Creek" dancers.

The event is free to attend and tours through the SRAC museum will be free throughout the day’s event. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Drumbeats 2014 - Saturday October 25th

The eleventh annual SRAC Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

The event start off with an exclusive SRAC Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm and members are reminded to make sure to call the Center at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting in order to receive your special 2014 commemorative gift and other great prizes! SRAC Co-Founder, local historian, avocational archaeologist and rock and mineral specialist Ted Keir will also be celebrating his 90th birthday at this event as well.

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.The highlighted speaker will be SRAC's professional advisor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer from Bloomsburg University who will be presenting “The Snake Den Group” a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that her team has been excavating in Ohio  that has many resemblances a well-known  site in South Waverly, called Spanish Hill.

Seneca Native American representative/ cultural speaker Richard Kane will be the second speaker at the event and will sharing Native American cultural and historical information while exhibiting many items for the audience to enjoy.

As it has become SRAC”s annual  tradition the event will close singing and dances by the authentic Native American " Seneca Buffalo Creek" dancers.

The event is free to attend and tours through the SRAC museum will be free throughout the day’s event. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class Saturday October 11th

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drumbeats Through Time 2014 Set for October 25th



The eleventh annual SRAC Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

The event start off with an exclusive SRAC Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm and members are reminded to make sure to call the Center at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting in order to receive your special 2014 commemorative gift and other great prizes! SRAC Co-Founder, local historian, avocational archaeologist and rock and mineral specialist Ted Keir will also be celebrating his 90th birthday at this event as well.

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.The highlighted speaker will be SRAC's professional advisor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer from Bloomsburg University who will be presenting “The Snake Den Group” a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that her team has been excavating in Ohio  that has many resemblances a well-known  site in South Waverly, called Spanish Hill.

Seneca Native American representative/ cultural speaker Richard Kane will be the second speaker at the event and will sharing Native American cultural and historical information while exhibiting many items for the audience to enjoy.

As it has become SRAC”s annual  tradition the event will close singing and dances by the authentic Native American " Seneca Buffalo Creek" dancers.

The event is free to attend and tours through the SRAC museum will be free throughout the day’s event. 

Fall Flea Market to Benefit SRAC

There will be a Fall Flea Market at Dj’s Golf Course on Rte 60 in Chemung, NY with a portion of the proceeds used to raise funds for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center every Thursday from 8am to 2pm while the weather permits. Twenty to forty vendors will be set up and food and refreshments will be available as well.

If you are a vendor and would like to set up at the flea market, call (607) 743-3537. Vendor setup fees are just $10.

Friday, September 26, 2014

History's Mystery's for October has been cancelled

Well our speaker cancelled and we are to busy planning Drumbeats 2014 to reschedule another presentation! See you at Drumbeats Saturday October 25th!

Drumbeats 2014 Scheduled for Saturday October 25th, 2014

SRAC Members: Please call us at 607-565-7960 to reserve your place at the morning membership meeting!
Drumbeats 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday October 25th! We will be having our exclusive Membership Meeting/Luncheon from 11-12:30pm. MEMBERS: please make sure to call us at 607-565-7960 in order to reserve your place(s) at this meeting and to get your special 2014 commemorative gift and get your chance to win many of the great prizes! It will also be Ted Keir's 90th birthday party! So plan to have a great time!

The doors will open to the public at 1pm.

The highlighted speaker will be our good friend and professional advisor, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer from
Bloomsburg University and she will be presenting a newly discovered Hopewell hilltop enclosure site that she is working on that has many resemblances to our own Spanish Hill!

Native American and Seneca cultural speaker Richard Kane will be our second speaker will be our second speaker of the day and he will be bringing many items for us to see up close!

The event will close as it has become our tradition with our dear friends the Seneca authentic Native American "Buffalo Creek" dancers.

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more specifics in the very near future!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class Saturday September 6th

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SRAC Giving Campaign Option - Donate Items for Resale

First of all I want to thank all of you who generously support SRAC through donations, volunteerism and in so many ways - without all of you - we could not survive. We have a modest savings account and are working hard to continue to be open 5 days a week with 100% volunteer staffing - but because of all of you - we have never lost faith that we could keep our doors open and our mission alive! But we still need your help!

Many items in this case at the Co-op have been donated to SRAC to raise funds!
I just wanted to remind all of you that even though Waverly's Attic is over - we will still come to your home and pick up used furniture, household goods, stereo systems, old album collections, tools and even outdoor equipment or whatever else you may be thinking you want to get rid of but is just not ready to be put on the curb. This is because we are selling things every day now at the Crooked River Co-op - which I started last October and has become quite a popular shop with over 30 members that add inventory to the shop and paying a sales commission. This allows me to support SRAC in a new way - and that is by taking the items that you donate and selling them in the Co-op - and nt charging ANY SALES COMMISSION - but giving SRAC 100% of whatever we can sell your items for.

In fact in August, SRAC raised $593 dollars just at the Co-op on items donated and sold there! But this will only continue to work if we continue to get more items in to sell - So please help us by spreading the word and telling anyone who wants to get rid of anything that we can sell to contact us - And remember if it is too big for them to bring in themselves to just call me at 607-727-3111 and we will arrange a pick up.

Thanks for spreading the word and your continued support!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live" - By Timothy Abel, PhD

Timothy Abel, PhD
Adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton, NY by Timothy Abel, PhD will present  “I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live:” Archaeology of a War of 1812 Soldier’s Hut at Cantonment Saranac, Plattsburgh, NY at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY on Tuesday September 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

In the summers of 2012 and 2013, archaeologists and students from Clinton Community College conducted excavations at the Zagreb site, part of Col. Zebulon Pike's 1812-1813 winter cantonment in Plattsburgh, New York.  Excavations have revealed a modest structure roughly 12'x16' with several architectural features apparent.  Artifacts found in the cabin corroborate the documentary record of the camp's destruction in the summer of 1813, as well as giving details about the lives of soldiers that occupied it.  This evidence, combined with historical accounts, paints a picture of misery for the army camped there 200 years ago.

Admission donation for the presentation of $6 for general admission and $4 for SRAC members is appreciated. Doors open at 6pm with the opportunity for all visitors to tour the SRAC exhibit hall as a part of the night's event for free.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waverly's Attic This Saturday!



Waverly's Attic
Broad Street Waverly, NY
9am - 5pm
waverlysattic.com

Broad Street in downtown Waverly will be closed down for the 2nd annual Waverly's Attic event which is a fundraiser for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC.) The event will take place from 9am-5pm on Broad Street in Waverly, NY between Pennsylvania Avenue and Waverly Streets this Saturday, August 9th and be filled with street vendors, free children's games and prizes, music, a Chinese auction, and many other things to do. A food court will also be setup to enjoy many food selections such as the chicken barbeque by the Railhouse Restaurant and other food vendors.

All of these activities will be centered around a huge street auction that will start at noon and will include antiques, household goods, and even some rare local collectibles.  Antique furniture, household goods, tools, and other collectables will be in this three hour auction - with a $500 valued Two Nights stay at a Marriott in NYC of your choice being the closing item for the day.
There is also a large Chinese auction occurring in the SRAC lecture hall starting the week before during normal business hours and the drawing will be at the end of the Waverly's Attic event.The Chinese auction has over 150 hundred items to take a chance on and include gently used and brand new items, many books from the SRAC gift shop, a PRADA and Coach purse and two brand new Vera Bradley bags, gift certificates from area businesses, and many toys for the kids. All proceeds benefit SRAC.

The event begins at 9 am and runs til 5pm. To learn more about the Waverly's Attic event, visit http://www.waverlysattic.com.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tuesday August 5th: Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation by Karen Guenther, PhD

Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation by Karen Guenther, PhD, Professor, Mansfield University
Tuesday, August 5th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
at SRAC, 345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY

(WAVERLY, NY) The next presentation in the “History’s Mysteries” series at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) will be "Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation" by Dr. Karen Guenther, Professor of History at Mansfield University. Guenther is also an archivist for Zion's United Church of Christ in Reading, Pennsylvania, which organized in August 1881 as Zion's German Reformed Church and closed in September 2010.  This presentation will discuss some of the interesting challenges faced and epiphanies realized while organizing the records of a congregation that began as a mission for early German immigrants in Pennsylvania. The presentation will take place from 6:30 – 7:30pm 0n Tuesday, August 5th at SRAC, located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

A $6 donation admission fee is requested for all non SRAC members, $4 for SRAC members, and students attend all events free. Admission to the SRAC Exhibit hall is included in the admission and the public is invited to arrive early to enjoy the latest exhibits on display.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rare Local and Vintage Items Will Be Auctioned at Waverly's Attic


Watkins Glen Racing Memorabilia
The 2nd annual Waverly's Attic event is a fundraiser for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and
will take place from 9am-5pm on Broad Street in Waverly, NY on August 9th.  The event will cause the Broad Street to be closed from Pennsylvania Ave to Waverly Street and be filled with street and food vendors, free children;s games and prizes, music, a Chinese auction, and many other things to do. A food court will also be setup to enjoy many food selections being served by the Railhouse Restaurant and many other food vendors.

All of these activities will be centered around a huge street auction that will start at noon and will include antiques, household goods, and even some rare local collectibles. Some of these items include a band drum marked "1901 - Waverly," a wooden box with "Waverly Sugar Bowl," a banner from the centennial celebration of Waverly, NY in 1954, milk bottles from Towanda, Elmira, and other localities, an Ingersoll Rand plate, and Lehigh Valley Railroad memorabilia. Antique furniture, tools, and other collectables will also be in this three hour auction - with a $500 valued Two Nights stay at a Marriott in NYC of your choice being the closing item for the day.

There is also a huge Chinese auction occurring in the SRAC lecture hall starting the week before during normal business hours and the drawing will be at the end of the Waverly's Attic event.The Chinese auction has over 150 hundred items to take a chance on and include gently used and brand new items, many books from the SRAC gift shop, a PRADA and Coach purse and two brand new Vera Bradley bags, gift certificates from area businesses, and many toys for the kids. All proceeds benefit SRAC.

The event begins at 9 am and runs til 5pm. To learn more about the Waverly's Attic event, visit http://waverlysattic.com.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Waverly's Attic Event: Saturday August 9th


Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday August 5th: "Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation"

Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation by Karen Guenther, PhD, Professor, Mansfield University
Tuesday, August 5th, 6:30 – 7:30pm
at SRAC, 345 Broad Street , Waverly, NY

(WAVERLY, NY) The next presentation in the “History’s Mysteries” series at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) will be "Researching the History of a Defunct Congregation" by Dr. Karen Guenther, Professor of History at Mansfield University. Guenther is also an archivist for Zion's United Church of Christ in Reading, Pennsylvania, which organized in August 1881 as Zion's German Reformed Church and closed in September 2010.  This presentation will discuss some of the interesting challenges faced and epiphanies realized while organizing the records of a congregation that began as a mission for early German immigrants in Pennsylvania. The presentation will take place from 6:30 – 7:30pm 0n Tuesday, August 5th at SRAC, located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY.

A $6 donation admission fee is requested for all non SRAC members, $4 for SRAC members, and students attend all events free. Admission to the SRAC Exhibit hall is included in the admission and the public is invited to arrive early to enjoy the latest exhibits on display.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SRAC Fundraiser "Waverly"s Attic" has many new additions this year!


http://www.waverlysattic.com

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Waverly’s Attic event set to take place on Broad Street in downtown Waverly, NY on Saturday, August 9th.  The event is a fundraiser for the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and this year’s event will include street vendors, music, great food, free tours of the SRAC museum, a Chinese auction, cotton candy, snow cones, a children’s game area with great prizes to win, and the very popular street auction of items donated to SRAC by their supporters. 

SRAC is still accepting vendor applications and items for their Chinese auction and street auction, and anyone interested can either drop off items at the Center Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-5pm or Saturdays 11-4pm. You can also have items picked up by calling Deb Twigg at 607-727-3111.

It’s your chance to support your local museum and to have a great time in your community.  Please share.

Visit http://www.waverlysattic.com to learn more.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This Tuesday - July 1st - "The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson


David Johnson
"The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson, President of the Orange County Chapter of NYS Archaeology at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 1st. The presentation will compare the Lewis Hollow Site, located near Woodstock, New York, with other sites in New York State, as well as the southwestern states and Peru.

The Lewis Hollow Cairn Site is characteristic of sites located throughout New York State, as well as other regions of the Western Hemisphere. Although cairn sites are considered sacred by Native American tribes, they have been neglected by other cultures and government agencies, thus they remain unprotected and subject to destruction. These sites share a commonality in setting, association with springs, cairns, effigy features, wall types and panoramic views. As more sites are added to the data base, the similarity remains consistent suggesting these sites were constructed by people with a common belief and / or origin. The sites reflect the Native American’s holistic view of earth and its surroundings, for example, springs with the underworld, surface features such as walls and cairns with the present world and astronomical alignments with the cosmos. Within the northeast, several cairn sites have been referred to by the earliest European settlers as existing at the time of their arrival, and Native Americans associate them with their ancestral heritage. This suggests many of these sites were constructed by the Native Americans who occupied the region for thousands of years. Cairn sites, like Lewis Hollow, deserve to be investigated more thoroughly, and those associated with Native Americans should be protected.

Since 1995 Johnson has been documenting the association between ancient Native American structures and stone features with areas of higher permeability within groundwater in three geographical regions of the Western Hemisphere, the southwestern and northeastern United States and Peru, South America. This research has lead to a more in-depth understanding of ancient structures and stone features such as cairns. Johnson is president of the Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association and a former research associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts. He is a National Geographic Research and Exploration recipient and was awarded a doctoral degree for his research in Peru by the University of Engineering, Lima, Peru. Johnson has collaborated with archaeologists, hydrologists and geologists in all three geographical regions to develop a more in-depth understanding of the correlation between areas of higher permeability within groundwater and archaeological sites. Currently, Johnson is researching sites in the northeastern and southwestern states where he has research permits for several national parks and monuments, as well as Native American tribal lands.

Admission donation requested for this event is $6 for the general public and $4 for SRAC members.


Plans are underway for the second annual Waverly’s Attic/SRAC fundraiser in downtown Waverly, NY on Saturday, August 9th, 2014. Last year’s event was a big success bringing hundreds of visitors to Waverly, with street vendors, clowns, great food, kids activities, Chinese auction,  free museum tours,  geode cutting, and a large auction all taking place on Broad Street. 

We are now requesting help in the form of volunteers, street vendor applications and donations for our huge street auction. People can donate household items, antiques, even automobiles to SRAC to sell at this auction, and we will even come and pickup whatever you have for your convenience. Anyone interested in helping in whatever way you can - can call me at (607)727-3111 or you can learn more at http://www.waverlysattic.com/ .

Thanks for whatever you can do!



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday July 1st, The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites


David Johnson
"The Ancient Native Americans’ Association With Cairn Sites" will be presented by David Johnson, President of the Orange County Chapter of NYS Archaeology at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, NY at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 1st. The presentation will compare the Lewis Hollow Site, located near Woodstock, New York, with other sites in New York State, as well as the southwestern states and Peru.

The Lewis Hollow Cairn Site is characteristic of sites located throughout New York State, as well as other regions of the Western Hemisphere. Although cairn sites are considered sacred by Native American tribes, they have been neglected by other cultures and government agencies, thus they remain unprotected and subject to destruction. These sites share a commonality in setting, association with springs, cairns, effigy features, wall types and panoramic views. As more sites are added to the data base, the similarity remains consistent suggesting these sites were constructed by people with a common belief and / or origin. The sites reflect the Native American’s holistic view of earth and its surroundings, for example, springs with the underworld, surface features such as walls and cairns with the present world and astronomical alignments with the cosmos. Within the northeast, several cairn sites have been referred to by the earliest European settlers as existing at the time of their arrival, and Native Americans associate them with their ancestral heritage. This suggests many of these sites were constructed by the Native Americans who occupied the region for thousands of years. Cairn sites, like Lewis Hollow, deserve to be investigated more thoroughly, and those associated with Native Americans should be protected.

Since 1995 Johnson has been documenting the association between ancient Native American structures and stone features with areas of higher permeability within groundwater in three geographical regions of the Western Hemisphere, the southwestern and northeastern United States and Peru, South America. This research has lead to a more in-depth understanding of ancient structures and stone features such as cairns. Johnson is president of the Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association and a former research associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts. He is a National Geographic Research and Exploration recipient and was awarded a doctoral degree for his research in Peru by the University of Engineering, Lima, Peru. Johnson has collaborated with archaeologists, hydrologists and geologists in all three geographical regions to develop a more in-depth understanding of the correlation between areas of higher permeability within groundwater and archaeological sites. Currently, Johnson is researching sites in the northeastern and southwestern states where he has research permits for several national parks and monuments, as well as Native American tribal lands.

Admission donation requested for this event is $6 for the general public and $4 for SRAC members.

Athens Third Grade Class Visits SRAC

(WAVERLY. NY) The Athens third grade class spent a day with us at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) recently. Approximately 100 students spent their field trip learning about fossils and our Native American past by SRAC volunteers Sig Wilkinson and Ted Keir, both retired Athens teachers.

It was an afternoon filled with fun and I want to thank Ted and Sig and also Mary Keene who worked in the gift shop the whole time as well. It went off without a hitch and we all enjoyed it as much as the kids I bet!

Athens third grade teacher Claudia Chacona commented, "There is so much to see many of the artifacts were found in PA and better yet in and around the Susquehanna River. While visiting the museum our students learned so much history and science, our students were mesmerized. The museum is fascinating and is packed full of interesting artifacts. The Lynch Bustin Third Grade were broken into three groups, The Bears, the Eagles, and the Wolves. Each group wore a different colored tee shirts which were graciously donated by the Athens Rotary Club. The three groups were in competition to “Stump the Chump” meaning they had to come up with questions during their time with the volunteer instructors. Our students were learning and did not recognize this field trip was also a learning experience. If you ever get a chance, please stop in at the museum and check it out, you won’t be disappointed!"

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and gives school field trips at no cost to our local schools.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class at SRAC Saturday June 14

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY from 11:30 am - 1:30pm.

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.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Plans Underway SRAC Fundraiser, Waverly's Attic


Plans are underway for the second annual Waverly’s Attic/SRAC fundraiser in downtown Waverly, NY on Saturday, August 9th, 2014. Last year’s event was a big success bringing hundreds of visitors to Waverly, with street vendors, clowns, great food, kids activities, Chinese auction,  free museum tours,  geode cutting, and a large auction all taking place on Broad Street.  SRAC event organizer and executive director, Deb Twigg explained, “We are now requesting street vendor applications and donations for our huge street auction. People can donate household items, antiques, even automobiles to SRAC to sell at this auction, and we will even come and pickup whatever you have for your convenience. Anyone interested in donating items or having a vendor tent at the event can call me at (607)727-3111 or you can learn more at http://www.waverlysattic.com/ .” 

A new addition to Waverly’s Attic this year will be Bike Tioga. Bike Tioga is not a race, but an organized ride of approximately 20, 40, or 60 miles with various elevations.  This ride is designed to promote healthy living while displaying the county’s natural beauty and local businesses.  Riders are encouraged to stop along the way to visit local business and tourist attractions.  Picnic lunches and farm visits have been popular stops in the past and the event has always emphasized a relaxed, fun environment.   

“We are excited about bringing this popular event to the Waverly area and showing Bike Tioga participants everything that Tioga County has to offer,” said Kim Depew, Bike Tioga committee member.  “Bikers will be able to travel throughout the county and see local businesses and other attractions along the bike routes.”
Committee members have been working hard to make this year’s Bike Tioga event a memorable experience.  Committee members include: Deb Twigg, SRAC Executive Director; Kim Depew, Marketing Manager at Tioga State Bank; Alan & Brie Burgess, owners of the Railhouse Restaurant; Jessica Schillmoeller, Director at Worker Ownership Resource; Dan Gellatt, Waverly Police Chief, and Becca Maffei, Tioga County Tourism Director.  If you would like more information on Bike Tioga, please call the Tioga County Tourism Office at 607-687-7440.  
Twigg added, “Make sure to mark Saturday August 9th on your calendars for a great event in downtown Waverly that will be jam packed with great things to do with your friends and family. It will be a wonderful time and will help support  the Susquehanna River Archeological Center (SRAC).”

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday June 3rd, CANCELLED ” Archaeology of a War of 1812 Soldier’s Hut at Cantonment Saranac, Plattsburgh, NY

Timothy Abel, PhD
CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH IN FAMILY

Adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton, NY by Timothy Abel, PhD will present  “I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live:” Archaeology of a War of 1812 Soldier’s Hut at Cantonment Saranac, Plattsburgh, NY at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY on Tuesday June 3rd from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

In the summers of 2012 and 2013, archaeologists and students from Clinton Community College conducted excavations at the Zagreb site, part of Col. Zebulon Pike's 1812-1813 winter cantonment in Plattsburgh, New York.  Excavations have revealed a modest structure roughly 12'x16' with several architectural features apparent.  Artifacts found in the cabin corroborate the documentary record of the camp's destruction in the summer of 1813, as well as giving details about the lives of soldiers that occupied it.  This evidence, combined with historical accounts, paints a picture of misery for the army camped there 200 years ago.

Admission donation for the presentation of $6 for general admission and $4 for SRAC members is appreciated. Doors open at 6pm with the opportunity for all visitors to tour the SRAC exhibit hall as a part of the night's event for free.

Timothy Abel, PhD will present  “I Wish You Could See the Style in Which We Live:” Archaeology of a War of 1812 Soldier’s Hut at Cantonment Saranac, Plattsburgh, NY at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY on Tuesday June 3rd from 6:30 - 7:30pm.