Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jewelry and Beading Class Saturday, February 8th

A bead-working class is scheduled for Saturday, February 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.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Basket Making Classes Available

For those of you that want to learn some of the earliest Native American crafts of basketry making, now you can learn how to make pine needle baskets or regular baskets and make one to take home! Classes are being offered across the street from SRAC at the Crooked River Co-op:

Saturday, February 1: 1:00pm: Making Pine Needle Baskets and Pots!
Description: Making pine needle baskets and pots! To enroll email dtwigg@sracenter.org Would you like to learn how to make items the way Native Americans did for centuries – with long pine needles collected from nature? If so, be sure to sign up for this class made available by The Crooked River Artisan Co-Op. This class focuses on materials and tools, construction, and finishing. Baskets and pots are not the only things you can make with pine needles; you can also create picture frames, lampshades, and other decorative items. But first, you must learn the basics. This fun-filled class will introduce you to them. Class dates & times are: Cost is $45 which includes instruction and materials Taught by Carol Lukovich of Vestal, NY  
Saturday, February 8:1:00pm: Beginners Basket Making Class
Beginners Basket Class February 8, 2014, 1-4 pm Class Limit to 4 people so sign up fast! To enroll email dtwigg@sracenter.org Anne will be teaching a beginners berry basket with handle. The materials-reed and hardwood handle-will be provided. Everyone will have their own handmade basket by the end of the class! Please bring an apron and/or old towel (it's wet work), small dishpan or pail, and wear old clothes. If you have some kitchen shears, a measuring tape of some kind, and a spray bottle, bring them along. Class fees are just $30 and includes all supplies! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Please mark your calendars!

Hi Deb, On behalf of the Chenango and Upper Susquehanna Chapters, NYSAA I wanted to contact you personally and forward a copy of the first call for papers for the 98th annual New York State Archaeological Association meeting which will be held on April 11th-13th of 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta, NY. This is the first time that the meeting will be held in the Susquehanna Valley since the 1990s, and we are hoping to get enough papers to have a symposium Saturday afternoon highlighting the archaeology of our region. Nina Versaggi is going to encourage the Binghamton community to participate, and I invite you and you organization to attend and participate in the meeting. I also wanted to invite your organization to participate in our book room if you were interested. We do not charge a table fee to non-profit organizations. It would be an opportunity to sell books and archaeology related stuff, disseminate info about SRAC and maybe get a few new members. It's shaping up to be a very dynamic meeting. Anything you could do to help make this meeting a great success would be much appreciated. Thanks! Dave Moyer

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Donate Items to SRAC

SRAC has been open five days a week all year round for several years now with a staff made up of all volunteers. We do not take state or federal funding, and we work hard every day to raise funds so that we can continue to save local Native American artifact collections and to provide a place where the public can see them on exhibit, schools can bring their students to as part of their curriculum, university students and researchers can use for ongoing research, and for our community to know this region's prehistoric and early historic past. Literally, there is no place like SRAC anywhere else on the eastern seaboard - and that is why I hope that we can continue to do what we do.

We raise funds in any way that we can - admissions, sales, memberships, and of course donations - but I am sure that all of the museums in the area have fallen on hard times because of the economy. Lucky for us, some people have begun to bring us antique items that we can resell and we have a place just on the other side of the street at the Crooked River Co-op where we can sell these items (with no fees attached!)(click here to view) We have also been invited to take part in the Co-op member rummage sale that will be held Saturday February 8th too which would allow us to sell household goods, lawn equipment, tools, and well, anything except clothing really...Lastly, we are also planning on having the Waverly's Attic festival again this year to auction items as well.

So if you have items that you think could help SRAC raise funds - we would love to have you drop them off or have us come and pick them up. Thanks for whatever you can do to help us continue to do what we do for all of you!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

This Tuesday, January 7th, "The History of Sports in Pennsylvania"

1941 Sayre football team
Dr. Karen Guenther will present "The History of Sports in Pennsylvania" at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY on Tuesday, January 7th from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

The history of sports is something that closely relates to many themes of American history as well as ignites our own local rivalries and interests.  Dr. Karen Guenther, Professor of History at Mansfield University with specialization in early American history and sports history.This presentation will focus on how sports reflect themes such as the rise of big business, labor-management relations, westward expansion, immigration, and nationalism, focusing on sports in Pennsylvania.

A general admission donation of $6 for adults and $4 for SRAC members is requested.(Free admission for all students everyday at SRAC.) Free admission to the SRAC exhibit hall is included in this donation. For more information, visit www.SRACenter.org, email info@SRAcenter.org, or call the Center at 607-565-796