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

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

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.