Current members are invited to the luncheon at 11 am - 12:30pm, where exclusive commemorative gifts are a part of the program. If you are not a current member, please visit www.SRACenter.org and join or re-up your membership before the event.
The event begins at 1pm and is free to attend and is jam-packed with educational and cultural presentations throughout the day.
Beginning at 1pm, SRAC’s Presentation Schedule:
1:00 – 2:00 : SRAC's Paul Krohn: NYS Fossils 2017: Former curator at the Museum of the Earth, Paul Krohn will present his latest NYS fossil finds from 2017 and tell us about them and what New York looked like when these creatures were alive in our area.
2:00 - 3:00 : NYSAA's David Moyer, PhD: Tree Ring Dating a Dugout Canoe from The Upper Susquehanna Valley. Recently the Chenango Valley Chapter of NY Archaeology undertook an investigation into a dugout canoe that was first discovered in the 1940’s. Results of the study provides surprising information about Native American technology and subsistence practices on the northern Susquehanna region.
3:00 – 4:00 : SRAC's Dan Caister and Dr. DeeAnne Wymer: The Cayuta Creek Site (An SRAC Excavation Update): Last year SRAC undertook their first excavation at 36BR20 in Sayre, PA with some pretty impressive results leading to new questions about the early people in our region that we shared at our last Drumbeats event. This year’s excavation however has actually uncovered many new features and even more questions to go with them!
4pm - 5:00: Seneca Native American Dancers: Music, Dance and Cultural Education: Richard Kane and his family from Cattaraugus, NY are authentic Seneca Native American educators and have been sharing the Seneca drums, music and dance with the public for decades. They are always the crowd favorite at SRAC’s annual events. Richard will give a short cultural presentation and then will have his family dressed in full regalia share authentic Native American cultural music and dance.
SRAC’s co-founder and director, Deb Twigg explains, “The DrumBeats Through Time event is designed to offer a view of our region from millions of years ago when the fossils we now touch were live creatures crawling and swimming, to the early prehistoric people who lived here before us, to the Native Americans who were first recorded in historic records of our area and finally to the Native Americans that live with us and graciously share their culture with us today. We hope you will plan to support our efforts and attend this one of a kind event.”
SRAC is a 501(c)3 and staffed 100% by volunteers, please consider donating to support their efforts here: https://www.gofundme.com/SRACGiving